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Auto Parts Canada: Used vs New / OEM

For savvy car owners researching auto parts Canada, the debate between used vs new or OEM parts has been going on for decades (if not longer). There are benefits for both new and used auto parts—but which one, in the end, is better for you and your car?

The used vs new parts question is a long-standing debate and can\’t be summed upped with a simple “new is better”, or “used is better”, because it depends on the part…

Auto Parts Canada: Used vs New Parts—a Part-by-Part Explanation

Understanding if parts are better purchased brand new (or OEM parts) or purchasing used, is best assessed on a part-by-part basis. The reason why, is that some parts are better when they\’re new while others perfectly viable when purchasing used (for 35% to 75% less money). So, let\’s look at new vs used parts on a part-by-part basis…

Rubber and Other Consumables

Any part made of rubber will, by nature, deteriorate over time—as rubber doesn\’t last forever. So, never buy rubber-based parts that are already used as determining how much life they have left can be extremely difficult. Ditto for consumable products. This includes: heater and other hoses, various belts, wipers and brake lines.

Electrical Parts

Electrical parts can also be a difficult buy on the used market, although if you\’re buying them from a reliable source, like Woodbecks, who know what to look for and offer warranties—then electrical parts may become viable on the second-hand market. If you\’re curious which electrical parts can safely be purchased on the used market, simply give us a call—we can point you in the right direction as we never resell used parts that aren\’t entirely safe, secure and in it for the long-haul.


Engines are a great part to buy as a used auto parts as they are big-ticket items that are extremely expensive—and you can save big money on the auto parts Canada used market.  As they\’re a big-ticket item you\’ll want a local source that offers a warranty, like the warranty we have available here, locally, at Woodbecks. Buying engines can be tricky though. While it seems ideal to have an engine with low kms on it, it may have accidents on its balance sheet—which can be worse than kms. Either way—get a parts warranty.

Auto Parts Canada: The Easy Way

For more thoughts on which parts should—and shouldn\’t—be purchased used, give us a call here at Woodbecks. Our genuine car guys will be entirely honest with you—because we\’d never sell a part that we wouldn\’t put in our own cars.

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