FordYour car is starting to stall out on you. When you go to the mechanic, they tell you that they'll have to replace a simple part to get it running like new again.

The problem is, the price quote that they give you on the part is way out of your budget.

There has to be a cheaper way to get your hands on it.

There is, but you're going to have to do a little car parts shopping. If you know where to look, you can get the things you need for your car for pennies.

We can help you get started with your digging. Check out this guide to learn everything you need to know about comparing part prices and finding the best bang for your buck.

Find Out What Your Car Needs
Before you start shopping around for a car parts supplier, it helps to know what your vehicle needs. You don't want to spend a bunch of money on the wrong thing.

To begin, you're going to collect a little info on your car. It's hard to find the right part if you don't know the make and model of the vehicle. You also need to know the motor size and the type of trim that you're dealing with.

Every car has a VIN attached to it. It's 17 digits printed to the base of your windshield. A lot of manufacturers will use this number when they're posting parts up for sale.

If you search by the number, it's more likely that you'll find a part that will fit your vehicle. If you can't find the car's VIN, you can also take a picture of the car part that's already in the vehicle before you start shopping. It's not a perfect solution, but it will give you something that you can go by.

Think About the Quality of the Parts
Let's say that your car needs a bunch of parts replaced. You're going to try to get them all for as cheap as you can. The thing about replacing car parts is that quality matters are a lot more than quantity.

You'll feel like you're getting an amazing deal until your parts fall apart in a few months. You'll spend way more money constantly buying the cheaper parts than you will just be springing for the high-quality ones right away.

Head to a Specialized Dealer
Your tires popped. You can't seem to find a place that has the ones that you need for your vehicle. That is until you head to

Sometimes you have to go to a specialty place. For one, if you drive a Mazda and go to a Mazda retailer, you know that they're going to have what you need. If they don't have it, it won't be out of their way to order it for you.

For two, the next time you need help buying new car parts, you'll know exactly where you need to go. Products from a specialty place are more reliable than something that you bought off Craigslist as well.

It's Okay to Haggle
You can go to a junkyard for your car parts. It's not a bad place to go considering that the yard owners have no problems with haggling.

For example, you found a 30,000-mile engine from a place that's out of your way. Your nearest scrapyard might willing to do a price match if they have an engine with the same number of miles on it.

You should head to a car website to find out what the parts you need are worth before you attempt to haggle. Trust us, if you try to cheat the scrapyard owner, they'll know.

Stay Away From Craigslist
We sort of mentioned this above, but stay off of craigslist when you're shopping for parts online. Everything you get from the site is sold as-is. That means if the car part you buy goes out on you in a week, you're stuck with it.

You can't contact the previous owner to get a replacement part or get your money back. The same can't be said about any other online source or junkyard out there. Even eBay is a more reliable place for used car parts than Craigslist.

Try to Find Coupons
You can get coupons for a lot of different things, like groceries, clothes, cleaning supplies, tanning salons, and car parts! There are plenty of Walmart and Amazon coupons that you can apply to car batteries, alternators, filters, coolant, you name it.

Seriously, if you need to buy a bunch of parts, look for those coupons. They can save you tons of money on things that would normally eat up an entire paycheck.

Buy Used Parts
We know we said that you shouldn't skimp out on car parts, but that doesn't mean you can't go this route. Used parts are a lot more affordable than buying new ones.

Make sure that you do plenty of research on a place before you buy products from them. Used parts pack a ton of benefits, but if you don't get them from a reliable source, you're bound to get swindled.

Go Through the Right Mechanic
Do you have a mechanic that you always go through for repairs? When you walk through their doors, do they greet you by name? If so, they might be willing to purchase your car parts for you.

The problem is that it has to be a mechanic that you trust with all your car needs. If you go to a random shop and ask the mechanic to order your parts for you, they will, but there's a good chance they will inflate the price to make a profit.

Make Sure It's the Right Fit
When it comes to cars, one size doesn't fit all. If you put the wrong size battery in your vehicle, it won't be able to keep your car going at full power. It will also rattle around in the vehicle and wear down the other parts.

It will put you and all your passengers in danger. To keep everyone in your vehicle (and the other drivers on the road) safe, you'll need to make sure all the parts you buy are the correct size.

Use Online Forums
Your car needs a rare part that you can't seem to find in your area. After much research, you found it online, but getting it is the problem. It's at a junkyard that's miles away from you.

There's no way that you can get there with your vehicle on the fritz. That's where you turn to vehicle enthusiasts on online forums. If you offer a small fee, one of them might be willing to get the part and send it to you.

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