I’ve got a buddy of mine who always insists that he does better when he purchases second hand parts. For some reason though, his car never runs properly and thus, he’s never around. Purchasing anything used is a total crap shoot in my opinion as it’s very difficult to find honest sellers. If you’ve ever gone to any type of outdoor swap meet then you know exactly what I’m talking about. Don’t get me wrong, if you’re careful and do your due diligence then there are deals a plenty to be had. In order to get these deals though, you’d better know what you’re looking at and be able to tell the good from the bad. I’ve purchased some used parts in my time and more often then not, I just end up reselling them because I simply don’t trust them. I’ve also sold used parts, however when I do I’m VERY careful about putting down an accurate description and setting them at what is considered to be fair-market-value.
Sometimes you do get lucky. For instance, I once bought a blinker stalk with a cruise control attachment for my 1968 Charger for $15.00 that I later sold for $350.00. Occurrences like that rare, but they do happen. In the end if I can find what I consider to be good stuff I’ll take the plunge, otherwise, I’ll just save, save and save some more until I get the scratch to get what I want. How about you – any problems going down the used road?