Vintage car parts probably command the greatest demand and value among all automobile related products. In order to restore their cars, many classic car collectors have also turned to collecting vintage car parts. These parts refer to original parts from classic cars. They could range from brass door handles, wood-paneled dash trims, eagle-eyed front trims to fascias.
Sourcing these parts is a big challenge junkyards near me. To start collecting them, begin by approaching people who have classic cars that are not in a good condition and are not in use. You might just get an original part that is in good shape.
The next place to search for them is in auto shops and dealers that specialize in them. Such dealers stock antique parts starting from wheels, hoods and grilles to dashboard instruments like door handles and engine parts.
If you don’t have the time or the resources to visit car parts dealers individually try searching for vintage car parts on the internet. There are thousands of sites that sell them and you just may find the particular part that you are looking for. Most of these sites offer different types, kinds and brands of antique auto parts.
You can select the car part that you are looking for and have it shipped right to your doorstep.
Looking at all the vintage car parts in catalogues can be really exciting but how can you be sure that what you are paying for is genuine? As with vintage cars, these parts are expensive as well. Check up on the dealer’s credentials if possible.
See if you can find anyone who has bought anything from the particular dealer in the past and if they are satisfied with their purchase. You could also get in touch with auto restoration professionals to guide you in your collection effort. They are experts in restoring vintage cars and they know a great deal about these parts.
Taking care of your collection of vintage car parts is very important as they are delicate, irreplaceable and expensive. You need to store them away from moisture so that they do not rust or get corroded. Avoid cleaning them with harsh chemical cleaners. Use a mild solution made from diluted vinegar to remove any traces of dust or grime. Proper maintenance of the car parts is a major aspect of this unusual hobby.
There are about 100 major auto parts suppliers on the internet. These are not your local parts store with a web site, (there are thousands of those), these are companies that make most of there sales on the web. Researching 100 sites before making a purchase is not my idea of how to start a great buying experience. So let me give you a few things to look for that will make your buying experience a pleasant one and help you bypass sites that may not provide the best security or customer service.
If you do a search on Google for auto parts keep this in mind. The ads you see at the top and down the right column are Sponsored Links. The ads at the top are highlighted and the ads in the right column have a line down the page. This is to separate these ads from the rest of the ads on the page. What is the difference? The Sponsored Links are ads from advertisers who paid to be in those positions. The rest of the ads are placed in page rank, which is a another story. But in a nut shell, the most popular advertiser is first, the next most popular is next and so on. The first ad is a good place to start, then just go down the page one ad after the other. I would try to stick with the first couple of pages otherwise it will get to time consuming. You should also check out a few of the paid ads. They paid to be on Google’s first page so they want your business.
When you get to an advertisers site the first thing to look for is how secure is their site. Scroll down to the bottom of their home page to see what kind of security services they use. You may see the VeriSign Seal. When you click on the seal, you get a pop-up window from VeriSign which will give you the security services that the web sight is using. Such as, SSL Certificate expiration date, if they use Encrypted Data Transmission and if the site owners have been Verified. VeriSign is a very popular and well know security service, but there are others. McAfee Secure is another.