Tip & How-To about Dodge Stratus

Getting your car fixed for a lot less money!!

(Applicable to any kind of car ) Nowadays most of us are looking more and more into buyingcheap, used cars. These, of course, usually come with all the problemsassociated with cheap, used cars. As we know, taking a car to a mechanic to getit fixed is costly, and that’s why we turn to expensive repair manuals. Then, having these repair manuals and nowready to fix our car’s problems, we see the need for cheap, but stillfunctioning, auto parts. We use these toreplace the malfunctioning or broken parts on our cars, and they usually comewith a higher price than we expect or are willing to pay. So should we pay?

NO! Not if you knowwhere to look.

One of the first things that come to our minds is where tobuy used parts?
The answer. Junkyards.

But is it too hard to find junkyards around these days? NO! For the most part, the modern-day “junkyard” has been turned into a SelfService Auto Parts venue. They areavailable in most US states under a variety of different names. With a smallentry fee, you gain access to their whole stock of “junk” cars. Once inside, you can find anything fromcomplete engines to used tires and brake pads, anything that is a part of thecar. Another thing to remember before entering the Auto Parts Yard, is toalways ask the cashier whether they have your specific year, make, and/or modelof car. Often, they will point you inthe right direction or even give you a list of all the cars they have thatmatch a certain part you are looking for.

All you need is a tool box containing all the necessarytools, and some basic skills in opening or removing various sections of a car.Most parts come under $5 a piece or pair.

Bottom line. Take alook around your city or state, and it will be well worth it!

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