Grade A Only
The number-one tip we’ve got about finding high-quality car parts is to look for Grade-A parts and nothing else. Better yet: find a dealer who exclusively sells Grade-A parts. What does “Grade A” mean, and why is it so important? Essentially, this is the highest quality tier for used car parts laid out by regulatory organizations, including the Automotive Recycler’s Association (ARA) and the Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association (CIECA). In order for car parts to qualify for the Grade A tier, they must meet a series of rigorous criteria, including:
- No more than one unit of damage, rust, or denting (about the size of a debit card or smaller)
- Less than 60,000 miles worth of use, or no more than $15,000 miles per year
Looking for Grade A parts means narrowing down your pool of options to only the highest-quality, most like-new options available, which helps you to protect your investment and find quality parts right from the get-go.
This one probably ties with Grade-A parts for “Most Important Things to Look For.” A transmission is a major investment, and it’s critical to make sure that that investment is always protected. That means working with a dealer who offers generous warranties of at least one year on every car part they deal. This will give you plenty of time to make sure that the transmission meets your needs, is compatible with your car, and performs according to the level of quality you need. If a used car parts dealer doesn’t offer year-long (or longer) warranties for their parts, we definitely recommend working with another dealer.
You should be able to compare transmission costs, trusting that the dealer you choose is the dealer who will give you the best possible deal for quality parts. The best way to do that is to get a free quote on your car parts from your dealer without any fine print, commitments, or strings attached. Better yet: work with a dealer who is willing to price match the lowest offer you get for the same transmission. This allows you to have peace of mind when it comes to choosing the right parts for your car.