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).


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.

Mechanic working on car engine

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.


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.