Is it Safe to Buy Used Car Parts Online?

Motoring can be expensive, especially if something goes wrong with your vehicle.  In today’s environment the majority of people don’t have an endless supply of funds.  It can be tempting to just ignore that strange knocking noise in the hope that it will go away.

But you shouldn’t just ignore potential problems.  If you do have to replace a part in your vehicle there are ways that you can do so without spending a vast amount of money.

In the case of a lot of vehicle parts it’s possible to do a search online for wreckers who can supply quality used parts at an affordable price.  This can be a really convenient way of finding the exact part that you need.

The convenience and cost effectiveness of a used part

It’s a really simple task to go online and look for reputable wreckers who you can either visit in person or who can send you the parts that you want.  This is especially useful when you have a vehicle that is harder to find parts for.

If you can arrange to see the part first hand then it’s a good idea to do so but if you can’t you should ask plenty of questions about the origins of the part you are buying.  You should also look to buy from a reputable seller; this helps to ensure the reliability of the part you’re investing in.

Why not just buy new?

There are certain items, such as those made of rubber like brake lines, that you need to buy new.  But, in the case of a lot of parts, a used or refurbished example is just as safe to use and can be acquired at a more reasonable price.  Tail lights, exhaust pipes, fuel tanks and wheels are the perfect examples of parts that can be just as reliable when purchased second hand as they are new.

It’s also worth considering that some parts, especially those that haven’t experienced much wear and tear, could be seen as a potentially safer bet than a new part.  After all they have actually been used on a vehicle successfully; they are road tested.

Why searching online is a great idea

Aside from the obvious convenience, when you search online you have the facility of examining the different parts available for your make of car; this allows you to identify the correct part.  Obviously this is important; you don’t want to buy a part only for it not to fit your vehicle.  It’s a good idea to check the returns policy of the dealer as well, just in case.

You can see how, as long as you’re careful with whom you are buying from and what you are buying, investing in second hand car parts can be a time saving and cost saving exercise.  It’s also a great way of being able to get parts for a rarer car where new parts might be virtually impossible to come by.


Book Review: A People’s History of the Peculiar

About the Book:

Did you know that Thomas Jefferson’s grandson was an ax murderer? Do you delight knowing that some dinosaurs were as teeny tiny as hens? Wonder what it’s like to live in Hell Town at the End of the World? How about an ailment so surreal it’s named after Alice in Wonderland? In A People’s History of the Peculiar, historian Nick Belardes has dug into the raw source material found in historical archives, scientific studies, and libraries the world over to find facts, lists, definitions, and astonishing information guaranteed to provide readers with the best cocktail conversation topics for many years to come! Also found here are first-person interviews with people who can explain the unexplained, from the permanently puzzling Mothman conspiracy to secret Star Wars Jedi religious cults and the charmingly eccentric reason why British aerospace engineers sent teddy bears floating out into space. These real-world facts are outlandish enough to sharpen the brain and occupy readers’ minds for hours of entertainment.

A Peoplea History of the peculiar
My Review:

This book is definitely tidbits of facts which are clearly portrayed in the book cover. Thanks to the author, Nick Belardes, for writing this. It gives you a sense of wonder of weird facts that we don’t really know it existed.

Generally it adds to your knowledge at the same time it entertains you. Each chapter has different minutiae to learn thus brings you different mind-set: funny, scary, weird, boring, yucky and “oh-really-kind-of-feeling”. Since each chapter has different topics, you can go to any chapter that you want to. Plus it’s easy to read since sections are written concisely.

I find out that the book will be more interesting if the author added pictures in it. I ended up reading then browsing the internet just to see and learn more about the facts that presented in the book.

I must say this book is only a little portion of information compare to the trivia that we can learn across the globe. But somehow it will open mind to wonder and wander about interesting facts that one must know whether it helps to gain more information or for amusement.

To grab a copy of this book just click here.

About the Author:

NICHOLAS BELARDES is novelist, journalist, illustrator, memoirist and poet. His journalism has appeared on the homepage of CNN and his artwork has appeared in Memoir Journal, Knock Literary Magazine and 826 Seattle’s What to Read in the Rain (part of acclaimed author and philanthropist Dave Eggers 826 National). Nicholas currently teaches for Random Writers Workshop (RWW).


Disclosure: A book was provided to me  for review.  No payment was received by me in exchange for this review nor was there an obligation to write a positive one. All opinions are 100% mine. 

The Ease of Soluble Calcium Supplements

Calcium is the mineral the human body uses to build and harden bones. From the time most people enter grade school, teachers and mentors remind them to drink more milk to prevent their bones from being brittle and breaking. The same lectures have come with eating yogurt, cheese, some low- to no-sugar cereals, fish, collard greens and tofu. Even after eating many of these foods in ample quantities, some people’s diets still come up short for calcium.

They resort to calcium supplements to bridge the gap. One of the most popular over the counter remedies has been calcium pills. Women age 51 and older and men age 71 and older need about 1,200mg of calcium daily. This can be a struggle for those who have to click open a tamper-resistant bottle and take large pills once or twice a day. Sometimes the size of these supplements makes them tough to swallow and some that are not coated leave a chalky taste in the mouth.

The best solution for many is to find a tablet that can dissolve in water and has no artificial coloring or additives. Soluble calcium can reduce the risk of breaking bones or suffering fractures by up to 50 percent. It also has a much better absorption rate than tablets and can begin to work faster.

Many soluble supplements have other benefits aside from calcium. They can deliver iron, vitamin C and magnesium to the body’s systems as well. Supplement takers simply must find one that works for their bodies and stay consistent with dosages.