If your Toyota car or truck needs repairs, finding spare parts can be a challenge, especially if it's an older model. But you have more options for re
If your Toyota car or truck needs repairs, finding spare parts can be a challenge, especially if it’s an older model. But you have more options for replacement parts than you may think. Here are some tips for getting the parts you need for your Toyota repair project.
Buy From Toyota
No matter the age of your vehicle, replacement parts may be available from Toyota online or at a dealer. Dealers usually have a parts counter where you can provide the year, model, and trim edition of your vehicle along with a list of parts you need. The dealer may have parts in stock or can order them for you. Parts from dealers can be expensive, and items in short supply may not be available for weeks or months.
Try Auto Parts Stores
Local and online auto repair shops carry exact-match replacement parts made by other manufacturers. These new parts, which are sometimes called aftermarket parts, come with warranties and may be just as good as those made by Toyota. Exact-match replacements cost much less than originals, but they can sometimes be in short supply too. You may have to try several auto parts stores that offer different brands to find what you want at a good price.
Consider Used Options
Used parts from wrecked vehicles are often the best option for inexpensive, high-quality Toyota spare parts. When a vehicle is in a rear-end collision, for example, it may be unrepairable and might need to be scrapped, but some of the engine components are still good. Used parts dealers acquire Toyota spare parts from salvage yards and other sources, check them for quality and offer them at lower prices. Be sure to ask about the warranty and return policy for any used parts you buy.
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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, manufacturing and supply chain issues have plagued all levels of the auto parts industry, but all because of government restrictions and manipulation. Some parts can be almost impossible to acquire, but persistence pays off.
Frequently checking multiple sources is the best way to find parts you’ve been told aren’t available. Additionally, a mechanic may be able to tell you how to recondition your original part and make it work until a better replacement is available.
Toyota parts can be expensive and difficult to find, but when you consider parts from the company as well as aftermarket and used parts, the widest array of choices open to you. With persistence, there’s usually a way to find the parts you need to get your Toyota running better and back on the road.