Shine some light on your broken tail-light

We’ve all had those days when the last thing we need is something breaking, especially an essential part of your car! You need not worry, we’ve found some great tips and tricks to help you decide how to fix that pesky broken tail-light. If you plan on doing it yourself, we’ve got you covered.

 

DIY

Estimated Time: 15-20 minutes

  • First you are going to need a list of appropriate tools: sockets, wrenches, a screwdriver, a ratchet wrench, and potentially other elements, depending on your vehicle’s condition, make, model, etc. Also gloves can come in handy.
  • Go into the cargo/trunk space and remove the cover over the tail-light and turn signal. Once that cover is removed you can then safely and carefully remove the bulb. Be cautious of broken glass and be careful that the bulb is not too hot to touch.
  •  You can remove the cover by either twisting it off or using a wrench or screwdriver.
  • After replacing the new tail-light test it to see if it works.
  • Refer to your car’s handbook for any needed instructions

You can find used tail-lights at R.H. Willson-Used Auto Parts, where our employees will be more than willing to lend a helping hand.

Escape the Stress of Brake Failures

One of the most important components of a vehicle (at least in my opinion) is the brakes. Sure a car radio seems vital on your commute to work, but your brakes are the only thing standing in between you colliding with that giant truck in front of you. It’s a vital part of your car and just like the rest of your car it needs maintenance  Just the thought of a brake failure causes immense anxiety but with the right knowledge any one can avoid it. Just by keeping an ear out (literally) for automotive disrepair can help avoid some of the cringe-worthy damage that can be caused to both your car and your wallet. We’ve all heard that tell tale squeak of brakes being applied and that can be indicator number one to a worn out brake-pad. Every-time we step on the brakes, pressure is applied to the brake-pad, resulting in wear and tear to the brake-pads.

We found this great Graphic via How Stuff Works!

We found this great Graphic via How Stuff Works!

To ensure safety to both you and fellow drivers out there, head to your local Auto Repair shop and have your brakes checked out. Signs of an impending brake failure are; your car begins to glide to a stop and a squealing noise when pressure is applied to the brakes. You can avoid sky-high costs by going to the your local auto repair shop as soon as you see these signs. By using  used auto parts you can also cut costs without cutting quality. Keeping these tips in mind will not only make you knowledgeable but also might prevent you from being in an undesirable situation!

Is There Really a Difference Between New and Used Parts?

For most people buying an auto part is a whole new world for them, they’ve got choices galore and most don’t know where to start. And one question that comes to mind is “Is there really a difference between new and used auto parts?”. Is one better than the other? And if so why?

A brand new auto part has never been used and comes with some type of warranty, if something were to happen you wold be able to return it within the allotted amount of days. Now a used auto part is usually can be found in a salvage yard. This part has been previously used and may or may not come with a warranty. At R.H. Willson Inc, we have a guaranteed 90 day warranty for any used part. Any extended warranty comes at an additional cost. Now you are probably wondering, if that’s the case why would someone spend the extra money on a new part when you could get a used part, at the fraction of the price plus a warranty? Well not many people want to get a used part because it’s not “new” or it may be not be up to standards.

But if it can come at the fraction of the price and a guaranteed warranty why wouldn’t you buy a used auto part? It not only saves money in your pocket but it also helps the environment. Thanks to the guys at Street Directory, we found tons of useful information on the advantages of buying used auto parts. By buying a used auto part you are keeping it out of landfills. It also helps by reducing the new to produce more of the same parts. It not only helps save the materials it would need to build a new part, but also the electricity it would need to manufacture new parts. (http://www.streetdirectory.com/travel_guide/57870/car_parts/the_advantages_of_buying_used_auto_parts.html).

So the next time you are in the market for a new part for your car, keep in mind that used parts are almost always as good, if not better!

How the economy is affecting car owners

Present day car owners have a lot to think about, whether it be how can they afford to put an essential part into their car, or will they be able to afford the next car payment. With the economy in such a down turn it’s no wonder that people are losing their cars left and right. Owning a car is such a vital part of most people’s lives, without it, many of us would not be able to get work. So with all of these financial woes how is this affecting people? Well many people are neglecting to take the necessary precautions to take care of their cars, such as regularly changing the oil, and checking the brake pads. People are deciding to put off the maintenance on their cars to pay other bills, such as their mortgage or their heat. For many of us the dreams of owning are own cars are completely out of reach

The automotive industry in turn has taken a hard hit these past few years.But there is hope, many car owners are now turning to used car parts instead of new ones. This not only helps the car owners because of the lowered cost but also the environment because of the reuse of the part. As long as the number of people using used parts rises, there’s hope for both the economy and the environment.

Why Salvage Yards are at the Center of the Green Movement

The Green Movement has really been a driving force in the automotive community for the past few years. But without enough information many people don’t realize how beneficial a salvage yard can be. Throughout it’s progression, being green has been vital in this industry. People have begun to realize it’s importance, and end up choosing businesses that remove a car’s toxic fluids properly and dispose of it responsibly. Over the past twenty years our salvage yard recycles all of its waste oils, which then allows us to use it as fuel for our heating system. This in turn allows us to keep the whole whole building warm. Whenever we crush cars, we use the scrap metal and send it out so it can be reused in other industries. We try to reuse and recycle as much as possible. The Parts Department isn’t the only one that’s green! All of the used envelopes in the office that cannot be reused are shredded and then used as packing material. . We stick by the motto to reduce reuse and recycle!