How to Find Classic Car Parts

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Being an owner of a classic car is gratifying. But when it’s time for maintenance, you might have trouble finding the classic car parts you need. How can you get your car back on the road? Here are a few options you can try next time you’re in search of a vintage car part that’s hard to pin down. 

Look for auto salvage yards

You can easily locate an auto salvage yard near you such as All Truck & Car. Often, salvage yards hang onto classic car parts before destroying them. That means there’s a pretty good chance you’ll find vintage car parts in junkyards. You can also feel certain you’ll get a good deal.

Research online

Numerous businesses and companies offer online services. All you have to do is find the right website and choose what you’d like to purchase. Use these types of websites to help.

Classic car companies’ websites

Classic car companies have well-established websites. Most of them have search fields you can use to find the car part you’d like to purchase. All you have to do is fill in the details of what you’re looking for and check what’s available. You’re likely to get a well-displayed list of what’s on sale and the price of each item. If you like what you see, you can go ahead and place your order.

Online auction sites

Look for a legit online auction site and check to see if they have what you want. The search mechanism in these sites spins back based on the information you specify. Car parts on these websites may come from individuals, dealers, or salvage companies. To buy, you’re likely to place multiple bids on the part you want.

Online motor platforms

You can get car parts on websites designed to sell vehicle parts and motor vehicles. One popular website is eBay motors. Just use common sense and keep an eye out for scams.

Internet forums or social media

In addition to using websites, try joining forums or social media platforms and groups. In these places, you’re likely to meet other vintage car owners and classic car part suppliers. You can also ask for advice on where to locate car parts near you.

Attend a classic car show or swap meet

These markets started as gatherings used by collectors to clean their garage or swap their various car parts with other collectors. They’re places where people can swap anything. These kinds of gatherings take place at car shows.

If you’d like to purchase products in a car show, look for one that focuses on your type of classic car. It’s a great venue that gives you plenty of time to roam as you look for the part that meets your expectations. You’ll also get the chance to chat with other vintage car owners and learn helpful information.

Before you purchase a product at a car show or swap meet, here are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Carry a comprehensive list of what you’d like to purchase. Include a plan or budget of how much you’re willing to spend.
  • Have a drawing or a photo of the part you intend to purchase. This will enable you to identify the part you’re looking for without wasting time.
  • Carry enough cash to make your purchase.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and dress in a way that’s appropriate for the weather.

Once you go to the event and locate what you want, approach the seller, and negotiate a price. Although sellers may have set prices indicated on the products they’re selling, they’ll be willing to negotiate with you.

Join an existing classic car club

Join a classic car club that suits your needs. In the club, you’ll meet people who share your interest and passion for classic cars. You’ll also learn about car maintenance and repair. In this case, if you require a specific car part, you can ask where other vintage car owners like to buy parts.

Locating classic car parts is not only possible — it might be easier than you think. There’s no need to settle for a banged-up classic car that’s not in good condition. Follow these steps to quickly find the part you need and get your vintage car back on the road.

Alicia Baker
Alicia is a Canadian writer whose enthusiasm for cultural and automotive are combined in her writing. Her background includes links to insurance, finance, and automotive safety.