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The scene has been set, something’s gone wrong with your car again. Fortunately, you know your way around your car and with a quick look under the bonnet it becomes clear where the fault lies. It’s just one part that’s causing the issue.

What do you do now?

You could take it into your local garage, for sure. But that’s an option for people who lack your mechanical prowess. You’re pretty confident you can replace the part yourself, but where do you source it from? If you’ve never bought vehicle parts before, it’s easy to feel confused or even intimidated. It can be a complex world of serial numbers and complex components.

This is the complete guide to buying replacement car parts from the convenience of your own home (or garage).

First things first, what parts can I buy?

Virtually anything is available online. No matter what part you’re looking for there’s a thriving marketplace for online purchasing. This means that you’re only a couple of clicks away from the part or parts you need. Whether you’re looking for a new windscreen wiper or a Diesel Particulate Filter or even a whole new exhaust system, you can find it in a matter of moments.

Our tip is to visit – you won’t be disappointed.

The last thing you need is for your part to arrive, only for you to find that it’s the wrong part for your vehicle. Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to find the correct parts for your vehicle so you don’t receive any unpleasant surprises when you open your package.

To find the right parts you could use these methods:

  • Your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) – This number is completely unique to your vehicle and can be used to locate the right part. It’s usually displayed where the dash meets the windscreen or on the trim of the driver passenger side door opening.
  • Part codes – Often the part itself will be imprinted with a code (although you may need to clean it down to see it).
  • Ask your dealer’s parts department- They will be able to identify it for you.

With Online Automotive, you can simply input your registration number on our homepage and you’ll instantly be taken to a menu that offers a complete breakdown of all the parts for your specific vehicle. For example, you can get the parts you need in seconds without having to track down or type out your VIN.

Can vehicle parts be easily delivered?

Now you’ve identified the parts you need, buying online can be done within a few clicks. You can wait for the part to be delivered at home or if you’re unsure whether or not you’ll be around to receive your delivery, you can always Click and Collect and pick up your part at your local

Online Automotive have the option to collect from over 600+ ASDA stores across the UK. When you’ve received your part, you can use your mechanical expertise to fit it yourself. Or, if you’d rather play it safe, simply take the part to your local garage and they’ll fit it for you.

Why Choose Online Automotive? –

Online Automotive is a state-of-the-art Internet based business that uses the vast knowledge of its employees to source the best deals for you.

  • Our prices are some of the most competitive in the market place. We deliver the best possible product at the best possible price with the best possible service.
  • We have a choice of over 200,000 parts on our website and we can source any part at your request.
  • Enter your vehicle registration and get a list of parts for your exact vehicle, any make and model.
  • Parts delivery is often within a few days from any purchase or you can use the click and collect service.
  • If you need help, live chat and our customer service number is available even at the weekends. Furthermore, our customer communication process keeps you posted every step of the way, from order to delivery.
  • There are 0% finance options available for larger purchases, making us a convenient choice.
  • Our team have thousands of ‘5 Star Reviews’ on Trust Pilot, so you know you are in safe hands with your order.

You take your car maintenance seriously, which is why you entrust it to very few people other than yourself. Where possible you like to carry out servicing, repairs and maintenance yourself and use only the very best parts.

Here are some distinct advantages of buying car parts online that should sway even the most loyal of garage and dealership customers…

It’s cheaper… A lot cheaper

Main dealerships and retail stores provide excellent customer service… But this is rarely a good enough reason to pay their part price. Retail stores have massive overheads which inevitably need to be recouped in their prices. On the other hand, online parts stores have very few overhead costs and can pass the savings onto you, the customer. That’s why you can end up paying a lot less for the exact same parts.

Discounts and special offers

Not only do low operational costs make online retailers generally cheaper than their physical counterparts, they also tend to offer discounts and special deals that physical stores simply can’t afford to bring you. While a retail store might price match an offer on a single part you see online, they are unlikely to take the hit on their profit margins necessary to offer the same discounts or multi-buy deals.

It’s convenient

We all seem to be busier than ever nowadays. Not only do we have less time to spare, there are so many cars on the road (especially in and around rush hour) that getting anywhere can become an ordeal. Ordering parts online is infinitely more convenient than having to drive to a parts shop or dealership. You can even Click and Collect.

Comparing prices is quick and easy

When you buy a part from a retail store, they’re highly unlikely to give you any wiggle-room on price. You pay what they want to charge, or you go without the part. Shopping online, however, puts you (pun very much intended) in the driver’s seat. You can compare prices between different online retailers in seconds. Worried that a price is too good to be true? It only takes a few seconds more to find out all that you need to know about the company selling the part. Which brings us to…

It’s easy to do your due diligence on retailers

You wouldn’t trust just anyone with your money or your car’s wellbeing. Fortunately, when you shop online you also have all the tools and resources you need to gauge your seller’s reputation. Even if they don’t have a customer testimonials page, it’s easy to see what other customers are saying about them on sites like Google My Business or TrustPilot.

As you can see, shopping for car parts online is not only cheaper – it is quick, easy, secure and transparent.

We recommend that you try for fantastic car part deals, prices and convenient delivery options.

Over 33% of cars and vans fail their yearly MOT inspection, but what are the most common reasons for these failures?

Designed to ensure your vehicle is roadworthy, an MOT primarily focuses on the safety of your vehicle. Whilst the gearbox, clutch and the condition of the engine aren’t routinely assessed during the test, an MOT does involve comprehensive checks on other parts of the vehicle. The brakes, exhaust, fuel system, seatbelts and lights are just a small example of the inspection areas included in an MOT, but there are many more which are carried out by your mechanic.

With over a third of vans and cars failing their initial MOT, it’s important to know what the most likely cause MOT failures. In many cases, your vehicle may be able to pass its MOT with some basic maintenance ahead of the test. Failure can be avoided in a pre-MOT check on the following:

Car Headlights
1. Electrical equipment, lamps and reflectors
(26.7% of fails)

Your headlamps, reverse lights and indicators are vital to your safety on the road. Faulty electricals could be down to a loose connection and failed lamps could simply require a bulb change. With minimal work and limited cost, replacing reflectors and bulbs prior to your MOT could ensure your vehicle passes first time.

car suspension
2. Suspension
(18.3% of fails)

When you’re driving your vehicle, make a point of listening out for any usual sounds, especially when you’re driving on bumpy roads. In addition to this, take a look at your vehicle when it’s parked and see if it’s level or if one corner dips more than the others. This could indicate a problem with your suspension. In most instances, it’s more cost-effective to get this repaired before your MOT.

car brakes
3. Brakes
(17% of fails)

Although 7.5% of vehicles fail their MOT because of their brakes, a significant proportion of these are due to worn brake pads or discs. If your brakes squeak or your vehicle pulls to one side as you brake, it’s a good indicator that they need replacing. Motoring enthusiasts may feel confident enough to replace these themselves, but you can request that it’s done before your MOT if you want to increase your chances of passing.

car tyres
4. Tyres
(10.6% of fails)

One of the most visible parts of the car, tyres should be fairly easy to inspect. If the tread is wearing low, it’s time to get them replaced. Whilst you’ll need to do this ahead of your MOT if you want to avoid failing, you should replace the tyres as soon as they get too worn due to the safety risk they can pose.

car windscreen
5. Visibility
(8.6% of failures)

If there’s anything blocking your view of the road, your vehicle will fail on visibility. A simple check is to ensure that your wipers are working properly. Replacing a wiper blade or topping up wiper fluid can be far cheaper than paying for a re-test, so performing these checks regularly could help to ensure your vehicle passes its MOT and keep you safe on the road.

Online Automotive specialise in providing our customers with the tools, parts and information required to pass your vehicle MOT first time, saving money on the dealership part prices.

Please see the following link to find your vehicles make and model to save money before your MOT:

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