Spare parts are essential for your car, no matter how well you look after it. Eventually, a filter will clog up entirely or a bulb will fail and need replacing. You wouldn't risk using sub-standard parts and while you can look for spare parts yourself, it can be a time-consuming affair, not to mention a hassle finding the correct part that’s guaranteed to fit.
Thankfully there's now a way of sourcing OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) quality parts without needing to be a professional garage, all done thanks to eBay.
Official car parts on eBay
At current there are six manufacturers with official eBay stores:
Each one features a number of parts for all cars going back at least ten years. If you also use the My Garage feature (available only on desktops for now) on eBay Motors you can easily filter the correct parts for your car.
At the forefront of each store are the consumable parts (also called non-serviceable parts) your car uses that will require changing over time. These parts are fairly simple to change yourself with nothing more than a basic tool kit, perfect for saving you some cash for basic car maintenance without scrimping on quality.
Take an air filter as a perfect example. This consumable part keeps your engine from ingesting debris that can cause costly damage but needs to be replaced every so often. Clickmechanic estimate it costs on average £60 for a dealer to replace one when all that you need to do is unclip the airbox cover, remove the old filter and add a new one in its place. You don’t even need any tools for it. Sourcing one from eBay will save you cash and keep your car running smoothly.
Here are a selection of non-serviceable parts available from these stores on eBay. It's worth noting that this is by no means exhasutive, there are so many parts available that it's best filtering the results and seeing for yourself.
Genuine Toyota Prius Car Replacement Air Filter
This air filter fits the 2003-2009 Toyota Prius.
MINI Genuine Front Windscreen Standard Metal Wiper Blades Set
This wiper blade set fits a number of Minis.
BMW Genuine Power Halogen High Low Beam Headlight Lamp Bulbs 2x H7
These H7 lightbulbs fit a number of BMWs modern BMWs, including the current 3 and 1-Series.
Genuine Suzuki NGK IFR5J11 Spark Plug For Grand Vitara
This spark plug fits the Suzuki Grand Vitara.
Genuine Lexus IS Car Replacement Oil Filter
This oil filter fits the 2008-2013 Lexus IS.
It’s more than just consumable parts too
Not only do the sites sell the small consumable parts but they also sell larger parts that will be excellently made and assured to fit properly in your car. We’re not for one second suggesting to try and replace a water pump or clutch on your driveway without proper training, but the official parts are available to make finding the right parts easy while ensuring they're manufactured to the best standards possible. And the best thing is, you know that any new parts will be exactly the same as the old ones.
Here are just a few of the more serious spare parts you can pick up on eBay:
Don’t forget the accessories
And the parts don’t stop there. Official roof racks, roof boxes and boot liners can be added, all guaranteed to fit your car and professionally made too. If you bought your car used and want to add some features that weren't fitted to your car originally then these pages are ideal for creating the perfectly specified model you've always wanted.
Genuine Ford Kuga Mk3 Roof Rack Luggage Crossbars Kit
This roof rack is designed to fit the current Ford Kuga.
Genuine Suzuki Jimny Full Load Area Liner
This boot liner fits the current Suzuki Jimny.
Small aesthetic parts can also be added. Ever wanted to add some new mud flaps, different coloured grilles, even a new spoiler to your car with the assurance that the parts will fit and look up to scratch? Well, these stores stock a number of aesthetic parts that'll allow you to customise your car to your heart's content.
BMW Genuine M Performance Rear Boot Lip Spoiler Primed E90 3 Series
This BMW spoiler fits the 2004-2011 3-Series.
MINI Genuine Air Inlet Trim/Bonnet Hood Scoop Carbon
This sporty looking carbon bonnet intake fits the current Mini Cooper S.
Genuine Toyota Supra 19" Alloy Wheel 5 Spoke Jet Black
The cool wheels fit the current Toyota Supra.
No longer will you need to spend your time hunting down the correct part for your car, waiting for it to arrive and hoping it's built to a decent-enough standard, it can all be done easily thanks to official car parts stores on eBay.