Shopping online for car parts has just got a little easier as Amazon invest now heavily in the motorspares industry to try and rival eBay Motors dominance in the market. But is buying car spares online the future or can you get them cheaper by going to a local car spares shop?
eBay vs. Amazon listing costs. When selling items on either ebay or amazon its common to incur a fee to simply list your items, on ebay this fee is about 30p and on amazon the cost is deducted from the sale of the item and levied against the price hence, can fluctuate depending on the items listed. For this reason it is common that car spares shops and breakers add this percentage onto the final price.
Cost of Posting. By heading down to your local car parts shop you can collect most of the items the very same day. Hence when buying online it is common to incur a delivery cost and then be ready to meet the delivery person anywhere from 24/48/72 hours after buying on amazon or ebay. If you are at home all the time then this might not seem like a problem but, as most of us work and need our cars and mototrbikes to get to work then perhaps collecting spare parts is easier. The cost of delivery motor spares also differs widely as many parts are funny shaped, heavy or large, hence beware of added delivery costs when buying car spares online.
Breakersyards, scrap yard parts and second hand. ebay offers second hand car spares and this can be a great way to save money. Amazon only sells new car parts and so parts will be more expensive generally. Buying second hand spares shouldnt worry you as a customer as scrap yards have been breaking cars for years and operate legitimate businesses. Ebay and paypal also offers you then chance to get your money back should the sellers parts not meet required standards post delivery.
Returning Car Spares. If you buy the wrong part online but, was as described it can be difficult to return the part to the seller. You may also have to cover the cost of return. Hence by heading down to your local part shop you wont have this problem as its easy to return parts to a parts shop locally than it is to post them back to a seller based in a land far away…
So now you know a bit more about the pros and cons of buying car spares online its time to get shopping. eBay is generally cheaper than Amazon for car spares, but the local parts shop is definitely worth a try as these parts will often be cheaper than either website and come with the added bonuses of being a local shop near to you with specific product knowledge about the vast range of parts which make up your automobile!