Finding Toyota and Lexus Parts
How often have you spent hours trying to find the exact part for a repair on your Toyota or Lexus that could have been better spent doing the actual repair work? It’s a common problem for many mechanics and DIY car owners. And, if you are not involved directly with a service center garage or dealership that has easy access to a parts database it can be an exercise in frustration---especially when the wrong part arrives or you are told that the part is no longer available.
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Shopping for Toyota and Lexus Parts
As many of us eventually discover, getting the parts you need is not always as simple as it seems it should be. In fact, you almost never can get them directly from the warehouse supplier, but have to get them either through a licensed parts business or through the dealership.
Of course the crux of the matter is not just about finding and getting the parts, but the price you will wind up having to pay for them. It turns out that there is a range of pricing that runs the gamut of MSRP pricing, wholesale pricing, employee pricing, and dealership pricing---all of which can differ significantly.
A Solution to Finding and Buying Parts
In a recent Car Care Nut episode, you are actually put in-the-know on the tricks to finding parts and paying much less than the guy next door who just walks into a dealership parts department with hat in hand.
Filled with a lot of good advice, the host of the YouTube channel walks you through how to understand what parts are the ones you really want; and, how to get the best price for them without having to worry about being scammed with an inferior economy or counterfeit part.
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In this very useful video you will learn how to:
• Decipher Parts Codes
• Decipher color codes for body parts
• Know when shopping online whether a part is OEM or remanufactured
• Find special kits for particular repairs
• Identify parts shared with other makes and models
• Identify Toyota’s economy parts line that competes with aftermarket brands
• Find parts specific to Hybrid models
• Buy parts online that are significantly less than what you pay walking into a dealership
• To haggle a cheaper price at your local dealership
• Avoid hidden costs
• Price shop for remanufactured replacement parts
• Be a "parts fixer" rather than a "parts replacer"
• Get “Lexus” parts at a “Toyota” price
That said, here is the video in its entirety that is guaranteed to cut your car repair costs:
All you need to know about Toyota and Lexus Parts. How to find deals
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Timothy Boyer is Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily new and used vehicle news.
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