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Two steps to take if your mechanic tells you to replace one of the components in your car

Sometimes, due to a collision or simple wear and tear, car parts deteriorate to the point where they are no longer usable. In such cases, they need to be replaced. If your mechanic has informed you that you need to replace one of the components in your car, here are two steps you should take before you make this purchase.

Seek out a second opinion

Car parts can often be quite expensive to replace (cylinder heads, for example, can sometimes cost one or two hundred dollars to purchase). Given this, it's worth getting a second opinion on whether or not the damaged component really needs to be replaced (rather than repaired).  

This is not to say that the first mechanic you have spoken to is not offering their honest opinion, but rather that they might not have a very high level of expertise and as such, may either not aware that the part can be repaired, or do not have the skill set required to perform the repair work.

A second opinion from a mechanic working at a different auto repair business will ensure that you do not end up wasting your time and money on purchasing and fitting unnecessary new parts.

Purchase the part online

Most mechanics who have informed their customers that they need to replace a specific car part will offer to order the component. However, it can often be quicker to order the part yourself, as most auto repair shops are very busy and as such, could take several days (if not weeks) to arrange the ordering and delivery of a component. You could also save yourself quite a substantial sum of money by ordering the part online, as some auto repair shops charge their customers a fee for this process.

If you decide to purchase the part online, however, it is important to take certain precautions, to ensure that the component you order is not a fake and will fit your particular vehicle. For instance, if you need to buy one or two new Hyundai car parts, you should call a local dealership, or contact the manufacturer directly, before buying these parts online, to confirm that the spare parts numbers on the components you wish to buy match those of the manufacturer (i.e. that they are genuine Hyundai parts).

Whilst this can be a little bit time-consuming, it will spare you the stress and additional expense of accidentally buying fake or incorrect parts for your vehicle.