Useful Bits of Advice on Buying Car Parts Online
The best selling car of 2016 in Australia is the Toyota Hilux, by far surpassing the likes of Mazda3, Hyundai i30 and the Toyota Corolla. On top of that, in 2016 Australians bought around 1.2M cars, which is more than in any other time in history. Every car manufacturer has been working really hard to improve their vehicles and make them more competitive, however, it seems like Toyota managed to one-up everyone else with their Hilux.
One of the biggest advantage Hilux owners have is the wide availability of Hilux parts online. They can easily find them all around Australia’s dealership stores and online, both used and completely new ones. In this article, I’ll be discussing how to choose the right Hilux parts online without being scammed and be rest assured that you’re getting a quality deal.
Know Your Make, Model and Year
You might need to know more than just the year and the model of your Hilux. The make of the Hilux may vary, which might have the majority of the parts similar, but not all of them. Parts associated with nonstandard features may be included in one version, but not the other. You can find all the necessary information in your user manual about your car’s automotive systems and parts.
Learn Auto Terminology
Costly mistakes and wasted time can be avoided by knowing not only the name of the automotive parts that you require, but what they do and how they work with the rest of your Hilux. Look up names of automotive parts and terms which you aren’t familiar with and write them down. The more informed you are, the better.
Save With Generic Parts
You don’t always have to buy OEM parts. There are a lot of companies that produce compatible parts for your Helix. Price isn’t all that matters, however. Be sure to check the materials the part is constructed from and see whether you can get a warranty for any part you buy online.
Not All Parts Are Available
In the first few years of a Hilux’s life, some parts may be only available through a dealership. The car parts simply aren’t available on the aftermarket yet, so the dealership may be your only option. Moreover, automotive parts are extremely specific. If you order the wrong part, it may have the wrong voltage, it may be for the wrong car model or make, or it may simply not fit your vehicle. You should check your user manual for exact terms, names and part numbers before you check out with that automotive part in your shopping cart.