Whether you need to repair your truck after an accident or if you’re looking to do some customization, there’s nothing better than getting a great deal on Nissan truck parts. In this guide we’ll help you determine whether or not you should look for new or used parts and why your installer plays a critical part in getting the most out of your investment.
New or Used?
Most folks who are interested in fixing up their truck will immediately rush out to a body repair outfit and find out about buying new parts. Depending on the type of repair or part you need, this can be the best way to go. If you need a major system like your brakes re-done, then you definitely want to invest in new parts.
Keep in mind that you can actually save quite a bit buy buying used Nissan truck parts. Every day thousands of cars are involved in accidents. Many of these are declared “totaled” and hauled off for scrap. Even though the vehicle may be totaled, some of the parts may still be in perfect working order. Depending on the type of Nissan truck part you’re looking for you may be able to find a great deal at a salvage yard or internet used part dealer.
Used Nissan Truck Parts to Avoid
In general, if you decide to purchased used parts, you’ll want to avoid the parts that get the most wear and tear. Some of the parts you should purchase new instead of used include:
- Brake pads and rotors. Brake rotors rust quickly when left in the elements and brake pads are not worth buying used since they’re likely not in pristine condition. Brakes are also one of the major safety systems of your truck, so buying new is a wise investment.
- Struts and shocks. These are also wear and tear parts on any vehicle and you’ll be better off buying these new. If you are shopping at a salvage yard in particular, it will be difficult to determine how much mileage has been put on a set of struts and/or shocks.
While you should avoid wear and tear parts, there are plenty of other parts that do make sense to purchase used. Body parts for example are a great way to save money. Also replacement door handles, trim items and other non-mechanical parts are all great items to purchase from a salvage yard.
The Best of Both Worlds – Discount Part Dealers
If you want the peace of mind that comes with buying a new Nissan truck part but you can’t afford new prices, consider looking for a discount part dealer. Many online dealers now specialize in selling new parts but for a fraction of what you can buy them for at a dealer. New Nissan truck parts and accessories can be found for substantially lower prices if you can take the time to do some online research.
Installation is Key
Whether you decide to buy your Nissan truck parts new or from a salvage yard, the crucial element is the installation. Your first priority should be safety so if you’re not familiar with mechanical systems, be sure to find a qualified technician to do the installation work for you. Even if you get a great deal on the part the savings will matter very little if the installer you choose doesn’t know what they’re doing. Poor workmanship can actually cost you more money in additional repairs in the long run. If you can, find your installer before you buy your parts. Sometimes great mechanics have inside relationships and can get both new and used Nissan truck parts at reduced prices.