Ford motor cars have been with us in the UK since the early 20th century. It appears that our appetite for things Ford is still keen looking at the car sales figures for August 2010. Ford has come top of the league for sales volume and has also had 2 models in the 1st and 2nd places for sales [Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus]. So far this year it has been estimated that Ford has taken over 14% of new sales – that’s 2 percentage points ahead of Vauxhall.
How about the sales from 2007? Back in 2007 the Ford Focus was the number one seller with the Ford Fiesta in 3rd place – they sold about 229,000 units added together. Why the interest in 2007, because their warranty period will be coming to an end. All those people that purchased Ford cars 3 years ago will have had many replacement parts covered under their warranty. That cover is coming to an end and with it an end to cost free spares. However well made a car is it is a mechanical construct that will need spare parts over time. It may not seem like a big deal when you don’t have to pay out yourself; but, when it is time to do so you will want a cost effective way of procuring car spare parts.
Ford dealers are a great place to start looking for replacement parts, but have you considered other areas of the aftermarket spares industry? You could try sourcing original manufacturers of parts that do not carry the Ford logo or how about used parts? Every day cars are being written off as being beyond economic repair yet may have hundreds of serviceable parts and components. These vehicles are broken down for their recyclable parts by professional car dismantlers. These salvage parts would be original manufacture components and available to purchase at a fraction of the new part price. It would also be a part that was manufactured for that car – it wouldn’t be an imitation. Some car dismantlers even provide a guarantee of up to 90 days.
With the rise in cost of fuel, food and taxes suddenly being faced with increases for car maintenance will not be a welcome prospect for many. The ethical reasons for recycled components is worthy in itself, but as the ex-president’s campaign said ‘it’s the economy, stupid’. In hard times it is necessity that drives us. The spare parts might not come in shiny packaging but it will be a genuine part.