Clare Automotive: 9 Cost Saving Tips For Buying Auto Parts
Be Vigilant: Keep an eye on your car's mileage. Many parts need to be replaced after an amount of time and or at a certain mileage. You can keep the cost of auto parts low by knowing what needs to be replaced and when. Replacing a part before it becomes a problem can represent a significant cost saving. Consult your owner's manual. In many cases, the manufacturer will let you know what certain problems mean, and when you should replace a part.
Schedule Maintenance Regularly: Don't forget to have standard maintenance done on your car. Get your oil changed every 3,000 miles, and have your tires rotated every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. The cost of an oil change is very low compared to replacing engine seals because you ran out of oil. Talk to one of Clare Automotive's auto parts experts for more information about regular maintenance for your car or truck.
Go OEM: Get the OEM (original equipment manufacturer) number. The OEM number allows you to find the exact part replacement without any guessing. Not sure how to find your auto part's OEM number? Call us at 989-386-7200 and we will look up the OEM part number for you.
Ask About Upgrades: Sometimes for just a few more dollars, you can get an auto part that increases performance and lasts longer. A premium auto part may cost more but you will be paid back in satisfaction with your purchase. Ask one of our auto parts experts if there is an upgrade you should consider.
Coupons and Rebates: Most auto parts manufacturers have some sort of promotion or rebate that could save you a bundle on your next purchase. For example, a new set of tires with a manufacturer's rebate will often cost less than buying a used set of tires.
Guarantees: Is your satisfaction guaranteed? Clare Automotive guarantees you'll be satisfied with your purchase or your money back.
Free Shipping: While larger auto parts often have a freight charge, small items like oil filters often come with free shipping. You can also ship to our store at 214 W 4th Street and pick it up here.
Read Reviews: Check for customer reviews that convey satisfaction with both the auto part and customer service. Look for the following three items specifically:
- The auto part was sent on time and in excellent condition
- The auto part was represented accurately
- The auto parts store has a high customer satisfaction rating
Returns and Exchanges: Truly great customer service often happens after the purchase. Make sure the store allows you to return or exchange an unwanted part. Some stores will even pay for return shipping which is a significant cost savings.
If you need help finding the right auto parts for your vehicle in Clare, call us at 989-386-7200.
Joe Butch, 04/01/2016