Monday, February 06, 2012

Vintage Car Parts - How To Get A Fair Price

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By Frank Woods

In vintage car restoration, little beats the thrill you get after hunting down and fitting that special car part and it is also described as a passion than a simple hobby. As sellers understandably try to take advantage of your enthusiasm and set a high price for the part you want so badly, restoration, whether passion or not, can be a costly pastime. There's no denying that the right vintage car part is worth a lot to you, but don't get ripped off. In order to help you get a fair price for the part that you need, here are a few tips to consider.

Before you make that trip to the wrecking yard or vintage parts dealer, be sure to do your research. To see what the going rate for similar parts are, check online. Be prepared to pay a little more for rarer pieces and find out how difficult the part you're looking for really is.

Try to find a reputable salvage yard or dealer and ask them what their pricing structure is. While you might be better choosing a seller with a formalized pricing plan - some dealers value parts at a percentage of what a new part would cost, for example, while others have a set price for the same part from any car - those who are willing to barter might ultimately offer you the chance to make fantastic finds. In order to try to ascertain where you might get the best deal, you should compare a number of parts sources if you can.

Remember not to give away too much when a price structure is not in place because your obvious enthusiasm for a particular car part might just jack up the price. Express your interest in the part you want, but don't act as though your life depends upon it: car part shopping can be a treacherous game! Bid low and go up only reluctantly because obviously, the dealer will try to get as much as he can for the part that you are after. Play your cards close to your chest, and don't give away anything that might suggest you are willing or able to pay more - leave the expensive watch at home!

Be sure you know what you are paying for when you finally agree on a price. Is the casing and so on included? Some yards will charge an extra fee for removal of a part that is still in a car, so ask if you can remove the item yourself. This could save you quite a bit of money unless the part is deeply embedded in the existing car's structure but you might be best having it removed for you if the job is complicated. When personal injury is a real risk, then saving money pales in comparison. Although you should have fun bargaining, you should still remember to stay safe.

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