Auto Recycling: Things You Didn’t Know

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Auto Recycling: Things You Didn’t Know

The average car is made up of over 30,000 separate parts, including the nuts and bolts. Overtime all of these parts will wear down and require repairs or replacements, especially if you are driving a used or salvaged car. Many of those auto parts can be easily repaired, while others can be sent to recycling stations for future reuse. That is not just good for your wallet, but also for the environment. Let us get into some common auto recycling habits that can save you money!

Engine (Reclaim)

Auto engines are meant to last a long time. If your car has a damaged engine, there is a high change you can get it repaired by a skilled mechanic. The cost will vary on the severity of the damage suffered by the engine. But in many instances, it will be less expensive than getting a new or remanufactured engine, and better for the environment.

Motor Oil (Recycle)

Did you know it is illegal to throw away used motor oil in most jurisdictions due to its toxicity? You can take your dirty oil to a nearby recycling/collection center where it can be cleaned and reused. Motor oil isn’t ideal for recycling since it never gets used up inside the engine, unlike gasoline or diesel.

Oil Filters

These should rank high on any list of recycled or reclaimed car parts since they degrade fast. Oil filters typically are changed every three months or ever other oil change. Used oil filters should not be thrown away with other garbage as it contains quite a lot of toxic motor oil residue. Modern oil filters are designed to be completely recycle-friendly.

To recycle the used oil filters from your vehicle, pack your oil filters in sealed plastic bags and head over to the nearest collection center for these parts.

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Windshield Glass (Recycle)

If you recently got in a collision, chances are high that a few glass panes may need replacement. Traditionally, cracked, and damaged windshields usually end in landfills, due to their complex design. But technology has developed enough for auto glass to now be recycled. They can now separate the glass from plastic and use it in the manufacturing process for bottles and fiberglass insulation. They can even reuse the plastic from certain glass pieces for making carpet glue among other things.

Rims, Handles, Other Metal Party (Recycle)

Cars are composed of a lot of metal parts that are made from aluminum and valuable alloys. When parts such as rims have been damaged, the best thing to do is get a new set. But you should not throw away the old metal parts. It’s great for your wallet to sell them to a scrapyard. Melted down, they can yield the base metals which can be used to create other parts.

Car Batteries (Recycle)

Car batteries contain incredible toxic materials like lead and acid, they are the most dangerous waste parts you can find. In the US and Canada, there are strict laws on managing decommissioned car batteries. An estimated 98-00% of all used batteries end up getting recycled. The laws that are set in place require garages and auto shops to ship all used batteries to recycling centers. In some cases, batteries can be sent back to the original manufacturer. The lead and plastic case of the battery can be melted down further and used again.

Hoses & Belts (Reclaim/Recycle)

Often, belts in good condition are reclaimed from junked vehicles before they head to the scrapyard. Rubber hoses can be reused if they are still in working condition. If not, you can take to your local recycling center where they accept used rubber components. These parts typically end up getting shredded and used in creating synthetic tracks, playground surfaces, and roads.

Water Pump (Reclaim/Recycle)

One of the critical components for the engine block are the water pumps. They are located in the hard-to-reach area of your car. This means replacing them typically are expensive. If you are handy with a wrench and comfortable working with the internals of your car engine, you can replace or repair a faulty water pump on your own. This is also a part that is great for your wallet when it comes to recycling. You can return these pumps to auto part stores instead of throwing away.

Tires, Carpeting, and Mats (Recycled)

Manufactured from rubber, plastics, and polymers, these components do not degrade and should never be thrown away. Rubber parts end up getting recycled and used in landfills and in the creation of construction materials. The plastic within these parts can be reused to create new parts. You can even get some cash by depositing used tires and carpets are you local recycling center.

Recycled or reclaimed car parts are great from an economic and environmental perspective. With the heightened awareness on sustainability these days, it is quite easy to find recycling stations across the US. Premier Auto Parts is one of them!

If you are looking for a reliable recycled auto & truck parts company- choose Premier Auto Parts!

5 Questions to Ask Before Buying Used Car Parts

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5 Questions to Ask Before Buying Used Car Parts

Does shopping for car parts confuse you? Well, we can tell you with confidence you are not alone! A vehicle is a complex object and if you do not understand the ins and outs, as most people don’t, of how it operates, it can be pretty intimidating to buy parts to keep it running efficiently. However, you are in good hands with Premier Auto Parts! We have skilled parts specialists at our shop who can help you choose, locate, and order/purchase the right car parts for your car.

Below we wanted to highlight some key questions for our customers to understand and ask when buying used car parts, from us or any other parts dealer. It is important to have a handful of questions in your back pocket before buying anything to make sure the quality and integrity is there.

Are these OEM or Aftermarket parts?

First, you need to understand the difference between OEM and Aftermarket price to determine which you would prefer.

OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer- these parts are made by the manufacturer that makes the car. For example, if you have a Toyota car then Toyota specifically makes the parts. These parts are designed by the manufacturer specifically for the year, make, and model.

Aftermarket parts, on the other hand, are designed by non-manufacturer companies. When you use aftermarket car parts you will want to check they are compatible with your car and also, they don’t void any warranties or lease agreements that you might have on your vehicle.

You can understand now why it is important to know if the parts you are purchasing are OEM or Aftermarket parts! Aftermarket parts tend to be the riskier choice and have follow up questions such as is my warranty or lease agreement still valid after installing this part.

Are These Used Car Parts Rebuilt?

When purchasing used car parts, it is important to understand if they are rebuilt or not. Rebuilt car parts are very similar quality to brand new parts, but you enjoy the lower price point. This can be a smart purchase, even if they cost a little more than used parts that have not been rebuilt.

Are the Used Parts Compatible with My Vehicle?

Might seem like a silly question to ask but it is an
important one! It is important to know that the used car part you are
purchasing work properly with your vehicle. After all, if they are not the exact
fit for your vehicle, then they will not work well, even if they are of good
quality. Compatibility is often underrated. We tend to get hung up on asking
about price and discounts and forget to worry about the compatibility. Even the
best quality used part is of no use when it is not compatible with your
vehicle! 

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Is There a Warranty?

Of course, this is an important question to ask. You will want to purchase parts that will work well and hold up. A helpful tip to ensure that you are buying high-quality parts and that your purchase is protected from parts not being of high-quality is by making sure that there is some type of warranty on them- even if it is only a short-term warranty. Sometimes used and rebuilt parts actually come with warranties- so do not forget to ask!

Am I Getting the Best Deal?

Of course, you want the best deal at the best price point and the best customer service. It is important to call around to check inventory and ask how much the part is and what is the labor charge. You would be surprised the variance between companies. Another helpful tool is to check out the company’s online reviews. What are people saying about this company and did they have a good experience with them. Especially in used & recycled automotive parts, integrity and quality behind a company is crucial! Do some research!

If you or someone you know are in need of automotive parts, please contact us today to see if we can help you out!

We offer a variety of used parts including: transmissions, engines, front & rear end axels & differentials, tires, and more!  You would be surprised to see how purchasing recycled or used car parts can save you time, money and also endure a great customer experience here at Premier Auto Parts!

How to Get Your Used Car Inspected

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How to Get Your Used Car Inspected

Inspect Your Car Before You Buy It

Buying a used car is a great way to be economical and to save yourself some money. With those positives though, there can always be some concerns when it comes to buying a car that has had one or multiple previous owners. As the buyer, you don’t always know a whole lot about the car, how it’s been treated or maintained, if there are any quirks with it, or if there are any underlying issues that might come up after you’ve already paid for the vehicle. All of these things can make it a little intimidating to buy a used car but buying a used car doesn’t have to be scary, there will always be risks involved with used products, but there are ways to minimize the risk by inspecting the prospective car thoroughly.

A pre-purchase inspection is exactly what it sounds like, it’s a professional inspection of the car that you are interested in buying before you make any commitment to actually buying the vehicle. This is a great and somewhat safe way to ensure that you know what you’re in for with the car in question.

When you think about a pre-purchase inspection there doesn’t seem like there would be a lot of down sides to it right? You get a more in-depth knowledge of the vehicle without the actual investment into buying the car…but there are in face some down sides to the pre-purchase inspection process. Depending on whether the car you are interested is local or not, the inspection process can be challenging. Firstly, you are responsible to set up the inspection with a trusted mechanic. If you are local to the car you are looking at, this might not be a big deal, although if you are farther away or even out of state, this can become a lot more challenging. First you have to find a mechanic that you do trust and then you have to go through the process of matching up the schedule of the seller with the schedule of the mechanic. In some cases, you might even be responsible to get the vehicle to and from its inspection appointment. These can be challenging tasks especially if you’re working all of this into an already full schedule. Another thing to remember is that you will have to pay for a pre-purchase inspection – inspections aren’t always cheap and it’s important to remember that you will be making an investment into the vehicle regardless of whether or not you end up going through with the purchase or not. On the flip side, when or if you do choose to have your prospective vehicle inspected you could potentially end up saving yourself thousands of dollars by finding out issues undisclosed by the seller before you go ahead and invest thousands into the car.

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We covered this a little bit in the last section, but we want to go through the actual logistics of getting a pre-purchase inspection for your potential vehicle. First things first, you want to make sure that you are serious about purchasing the car. Remember, it’s an investment to get a vehicle inspected and you want to know that buying the car is a serious option. Once you’ve decided you’re serious about the purchase, you’ll have to let the seller know that you would like to get a pre-inspection – if the seller agrees to this your next step will be finding a trusted mechanic. This can be a tricky task if you are looking a vehicle out of state – but doing your research and finding a reputable mechanic that has experience with the make and model of car that you are wanting to buy will help. Once you find a mechanic that you trust you can let them know that you are wanting to get a car into them for a pre-purchase inspection – then the more challenging tasks comes of getting schedules to match up between seller and mechanic, although some sellers might require you to transport the vehicle to the mechanic which could make the scheduling aspect a little bit easier. After the mechanic is able to do a full inspection, they will let you know what type of things you might want to look out for, what issues they found, or if the car looks to be in good shape. This should help you decide what you want to spend on it or if you even want to move forward with the sale. This information could always come in handy if you intend to bargain with the seller – if you know the vehicle needs some repairs you can always use that information to possibly get the car for a little better of a price.

Although there are a great many benefits to getting a pre-purchase inspection, remember that there are some ways to sift through some of the cars that might need more work without actually paying for a mechanic to look at them. Simply Getting a pre-purchase inspection isn’t the only way to figure out if a seller is reputable, sometimes asking the right questions can go a long way and save you a lot of time and effort in buying a used car. It’s good to talk to the seller about why they are selling and what issues they’ve experienced in the last few years. You can even feel free to ask them for any maintenance records they might have as well as what their maintenance schedule looks like. All of these questions can help you sift through vehicle information and maybe even give you a better idea of whether you want to move forward with the purchase or not.

Ultimately the choice is yours on whether or not you end up having a pre-purchase inspection done on a vehicle you’re interested in, but hopefully we helped in understanding the process as well as where to start.

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3 Free Resources for Learning How to Repair Your Vehicle Yourself

3 Free Resources for Learning How to Repair Your Vehicle Yourself

3 Free Resources for Learning How to Repair Your Vehicle Yourself

Save Time & Money by Checking Your Essential Vehicle Fluids at Home!

We rely heavily on vehicles in todays day and age, and we all know how maintenance costs can add up quickly when it comes time to bring your car or truck into the mechanic. Learning how to check some of the most essential fluids of your vehicle at home can save you both time and money at your next maintenance check. Knowing how to assess your vehicle is a great skill to have and one that you will use for your lifetime. What are the 6 essential vehicle fluids that you can learn to check at home? Oil, brake fluid, power steering fluid, engine coolant, transmission fluid, and washer fluid – these are all important fluids that your vehicle has that you can check (and refill some if needed) to help cut down on your bill at your next mechanics visit.

Who would have thought Youtube would be our first free resource…Youtube has loads of information to learn pretty much how to do anything you could ever dream of wanting to do. Be cautious though, please only use reputable channels when trying to learn how to repair your vehicle, and remember, that each car, truck, and suv is completely different and informational or teaching videos might not be one size fits all.

ADPT Training is an automotive repair “training channel” they include videos on repairs, auto-technology, automotive software, and many DIY’s and professional “how-to’s”. This channel has over 178,000 subscribers and over 75 million views over the last 13 years that they have been a part of the Youtube community. With over 630 videos, it’s very likely that this channel has touched on the topic that you are searching for.

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Eric the car guy is another great Youtube account that we would recommend following for lots of helpful car repair and informational videos. With 1.51 million subscribers, it’s obvious that he is a favorite for many people. Eric has been posting to Youtube faithfully since 2009 and now has a collection of over 800 vehicle videos to help you with any repairs, installations, modifications, or adjustments that you might be working on.

AA1car. is the Wikipedia for car repair. You can search repair topics by alphabet, or just common car problems. Not only that but there is a long list of topics to choose from, each article gives a detailed explanation as well as where you can start with the repairs. The website does have a lot of ads and pop-ups, but as long as you don’t mind skipping over those, this website is a great resource for lots of free informational content about any vehicle and what to do about issues that might pop up.

In the garage is another great free resource that is full of information, with car repair blogs posted very regularly, there is always more information being added to this wonderful resource. There are blogs on tire pressure, sensor issues and how to handle them, and tons of other applicable information for your vehicle repairs.

These free resources are some great places to start if you are interested in doing some vehicle repairs yourself. Check them out and see what you can learn today!

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How to Check the 6 Essential Vehicle Fluids of Your Car or Truck

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How to Check the 6 Essential Vehicle Fluids of Your Car or Truck

Save Time & Money by Checking Your Essential Vehicle Fluids at Home!

We rely heavily on vehicles in todays day and age, and we all know how maintenance costs can add up quickly when it comes time to bring your car or truck into the mechanic. Learning how to check some of the most essential fluids of your vehicle at home can save you both time and money at your next maintenance check. Knowing how to assess your vehicle is a great skill to have and one that you will use for your lifetime. What are the 6 essential vehicle fluids that you can learn to check at home? Oil, brake fluid, power steering fluid, engine coolant, transmission fluid, and washer fluid – these are all important fluids that your vehicle has that you can check (and refill some if needed) to help cut down on your bill at your next mechanics visit.

Oil

Oil is arguably one of if not the most important fluids for your vehicle. (only competing with fuel that is) And thankfully it isn’t too hard to check! Your engine oil can be checked underneath the hood, each car is different, so be sure to double check your owner’s manual if you aren’t sure exactly where it is. Most people say that it’s best to let your car have about a 10-minute break after driving it to make sure that the oil has cooled and settled down so that you can get an accurate reading. Once you have located the oil dipstick, pull it out and wipe it clean on a clean towel or rag. Once it has been wiped clean, reinsert it all the way back in tight, and pull it back out. Now will be the time that you can read it, oil dipsticks have a minimum and a maximum line. You generally will always want your oil to be right about at or just under the maximum line. If your oil is significantly lower than that, you will need to add more oil in, and even start looking into possible issues such as an oil leak. The other thing that is good when checking your oil is making sure that the oil quality is still good. Engine oil should always be a yellowish amber color. If it becomes brown or black, it’s time for an oil change. Any other colors you notice could also indicate a leak or something else!

Brake Fluid

Brake fluid is an obviously important part of a vehicle’s performance. We use our brakes as second nature when we drive, and it’s good we do otherwise our roads would be chaos. Brakes today are actually hydraulic, so they use fluid in order to create the pressure needed for the brake pad to clamp onto the rotors which then in turn slow down your vehicle. If that is not happening, or not happening quickly, the first thing to check would be your brake fluid. Again, we would recommend looking at your owner’s manual if you are uncertain where the brake fluid is located under the hood. The most common issues within the brake fluid can be water contamination, leaks, or not enough fluid. Once you have the brake fluid located, check the minimum and maximum levels, add more accordingly. Another thing to check is the quality, make sure that your brake fluid is translucent. If it becomes clouded, it is definitely time to replace it.

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Power Steering Fluid

Many people have never experienced the difference between regular and power steering, but if you drive a car built in the last 60+ years, you more than likely are driving with power steering. Power steering allows for the driver to make wheel movements easily while driving. This also is a hydraulic feature that needs fluid in order to keep it working properly. Look for either a dipstick or reservoir under your hood and check the owner’s manual if you are unable to find it. Take a look at the minimum and maximum markings to see where you are, if more fluid is needed, be sure to educate yourself on the correct type of fluid needed. If you notice any issues with your steering, be sure to take your vehicle into a professional to diagnose any possible issues.

Engine Coolant

Coolant is also a super important fluid for your running vehicle. Engine coolant, otherwise known as radiator fluid, keeps your engine from overheating while running. It’s crucial to keep this fluid checked often. To check the coolant, find the radiator cap underneath the hood of your car. DO NOT check this fluid when your engine is hot from driving, the pressurized coolant can spray when the cap is opened and cause burns. Wait until your engine cools down a little bit after driving, and then with extreme caution you can open up the radiator cap with a rag or towel. Look in to see if you can see any coolant, if you cannot see anything near the top of the reservoir, it’s time to add some more.

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Transmission Fluid

Transmission fluid is checked almost the same exact way as your engine oil. Check your car manual to see if you need to leave your car running or in neutral to check it. Also, not all cars have a dipstick under the hood to check the transmission fluid easily. Some vehicles must be taken into a mechanic in order to have the transmission fluid checked. Be sure to educate yourself in order to learn more about how yours can be checked, whether at home, or at a shop. 

Washer Fluid

Lastly, washer fluid, is an affordable, easy vehicle fluid to keep up on. Keep some washer fluid on hand and check every few months to see whether you need to top yours off. Washer fluid can be a huge help to you while driving. Keeping your windshield and vision line clean is important to make sure that you are driving safely. You can also get fluid that helps repel rain and get those pesky bugs off your windshield.

We hope these 6 tips help you check some of the most important fluids in your vehicle to keep your car or truck running for longer. Although not everything can be done or checked at home, it’s good to get to know your vehicle better and maybe save some money while you’re at it!

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8 Tips to Save Money on Car Repairs in the Middle of Covid-19

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8 Tips to Save Money on Car Repairs in the Middle of Covid-19

Since we are all living in the middle of a global pandemic there have been many new ways of life that we have all adapted including wearing face masks, sanitizing more intentionally, booking appointments to do otherwise simple tasks, working from home, and many other things too. We cannot deny that life looks quite different for many people right now, and we recognize that this might include your vehicle. For some people the difference might be that they are hardly using their vehicle right now if they are working from home and limiting outings, for others it might be navigating the new waters of a vehicle repair in the midst of a pandemic. No matter what it is, I think it is safe to say that most people are trying to save some extra money in these uncertain times which is why we want to share with you 8 different tips to help you save money on car repairs midst of Covid-19.

Keep Your Battery Active

For many people less driving is a result of the coronavirus, there are many people working from home, and many people not working at all. It can be a bit rough for our vehicles to stay unused for so long, especially for the battery. Taking the time to just get out and drive your vehicle around for 20-30 minutes per week will help keep your battery charged and all of your vehicle parts moving and working.

Check All Vehicle Fluids (that you can)

Take some time to check your vehicles fluids, now is the perfect time to get to know your vehicle better! Take a look at your oil, washer fluid, engine coolant, brake fluid, and power steering fluid. If you are unsure how to check each of these or where they are located under your cars hood, check your user manual! There is tons of great information that will help you keep your vehicle safe and on the road.

Change Your Oil

Oil changes are likely one of the most regular things that you do to upkeep your car, and it turns out, it’s fairly simple to do at home if you are willing to learn. Be sure to do your research so you know how much and what kind of oil to use. Check your user manual for any necessary information or call a friend who might have some more experience than you do. All in all, changing your vehicle’s oil simply requires you to drain the old, change the oil filter, and add new oil. Be sure to do your research to go through the correct process for your vehicle!

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Buy Used or Recycled Parts

Buying used or recycled car parts to make repairs is one of the best ways to save money on car repairs. You get quality car replacement parts at a fraction of the cost for something new and most times the parts include warranties and other guarantees. If you have a specific part that you are currently searching for, check out our inventory here you can search for parts according to your vehicles year, make, and model!

Check & Fill Tires as Needed

Checking your tires air pressure and tread depth is a simple task that you can do at home to make sure that your car is all good to go and that you don’t run into any unnecessary repair costs later on. Each car has the manufacturers recommended tire pressure in the owner’s manual or in the door jam of your vehicle, first take a look at where your tires air pressure should be, then use your pressure gauge on each tire separately. If you don’t have a pressure gauge, you can easily buy one online from amazon or from any hardware or home store. To check your tire depth, the easiest test is the “Lincoln test” with a penny. Place the penny head down into various grooves of your tires, if you are able to see the top of Abe Lincoln’s head, it’s time to get some new tires for your vehicle, if you cannot see the top of his head, you should be good for a little while yet! These are some easy ways to check your tires at home!

Learn Something New

Covid-19 has given a lot of people some extra time at home. So what we do with that extra time is pretty important. A great way to set yourself up for success for now and in the future is to learn a new skill for fixing your vehicle. There are tons of great resources online to help you to learn repair techniques and other things for your car. This sets you up for success in the future. Maybe it’s one of the things we listed above that you learn new, or maybe it’s something different like learning how to change your brake pads or windshield wipers. All of these skills will serve you in the future when you need your car repaired and it’s a great way to spend some of the extra time you might have on your hands right now.

Wash Your Vehicle

As simple of a tip as this might be, washing your vehicle can save you money. Keeping your vehicle washed and well kept will keep the exterior in good shape. A good wash will get rid of salt, bird droppings, and anything else that can cause damage to the paint and outside of your vehicle. Applying wax is also a great way to keep the outside of your car protected from anything that could cause rust or corrosion.

Check Your Air Filter

Lastly, checking and replacing your air filter is another easy DIY that you can do at home to save yourself some money. Air filters will get clogged over time and can affect your gas mileage and other car functionalities. It’s recommended that air filters are changed between 15,000 and 30,000 miles, but possibly more frequently depending on the types of roads you drive on and other factors. Do your research to learn more about your car and how to check your air filter, generally though it’s a pretty simple process of just removing the filter & seeing what kind of shape it’s in, if it needs to be replaces you can do so by buying and reinserting the new air filter easily.

We hope that these 8 tips will help you save money on car repairs in the midst of this crazy pandemic. We understand that life looks different for everyone right now and we hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy. If you have questions regarding our services and products here at Premier Auto Parts, please contact us today! Our team is happy to help you in any way that we can.

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