When your BMW stops working, it’s not necessarily a sign for you to give up and get a new car. You can save money by bypassing the dealership and getting your BMW parts wholesale. From there, you can swap out the parts yourself or bring them to a trusted mechanic, where you will just pay for the cost of labor. If a mechanic gives you a quote, look for the part yourself before you rely on the mechanic to order it for you.
Easier Access to Old Parts
It’s very possible that a mechanic won’t be able to buy the parts you need from a dealer, especially things like auto body components and especially if your car is over a few years old. Other mechanics might offer to visit a junkyard and see what they can come up with. Don’t pay the mechanic for the entire search and find thatit just takes perusing online through wholesale dealers’ websites to discover older, harder-to-find parts.
Wholesalers specialize in collecting parts for which dealers no longer have a use. Even if you can’t find what you want, a wholesale dealer may be willing to look for the part; you can’t get that kind of service from dealerships.
Buying wholesale saves you money, plain and simple. Do the math: When you come up with the per-part price of a wholesale unit, you’re getting an incredible deal on auto parts that you would never get if you chose to buy the part individually.
When you take into account that the part you’re looking for could be old and hard-to-find, the savings increase. Do an online auction-site search for the part; if you do happen to find one, chances are the seller is asking for significantly more than the wholesaler.
Stock Up on Parts
If you buy wholesale, what do you do with the excess parts in your unit? Your first option is to stock up. If you do some research only to find that your BMW model tends to need a pump replaced every 15,000 miles, for example, it makes sense to have several pumps in storage. That way, if you have the same problem in the future, you’re ready to fix it at a moment’s notice.
Your other option when buying wholesale is to turn your savings into profit. Sell your excess parts online in individual units at a higher per-part cost than you paid, and you can pocket the difference.In the end, the profits will offset any cost you spend on labor, which will make your tune-up free.
Alternatively, see if a mechanic will buy the excess from you in a unit. If you have a good relationship with a local mechanic, they should be willing to work out a deal with you. This might lead to less profit-per-part than individual auctions, but it’s less time-consuming, and as long as you offset the cost of the unit and make a little money, you’re going to come out in the black.
Relying on Guaranteed Working Parts
Wholesale has another benefit over individual online auctions and junkyard purchases, and that’s a guarantee. Wholesale dealers want your business, so they’re not going to sell you dilapidated parts. Parts may be used—mostly if they’re old and rare—but they’ll be in certified working condition. They may have been taken from cars that never had issues with those parts, or they may have been refurbished. If you have a problem, rely on the guarantee and return the part for your money back or for a new part, free of charge.
Not all wholesale parts are used, even if they are rare. Wholesale dealers tend to stock aftermarket and OEM parts as well. These refer to third-party manufacturers. Aftermarket parts are unofficialparts, but they are usually in no way illegal. OEM parts are licensed by the vehicle manufacturer, so they have that extra official guarantee. Both of these options offer you the chance to get your hands on quality, brand-new parts for less money.
About the Author: Betsy DiMaggio is a contributing writer and hobbyist mechanic. She is restoring a 1985 BMW.