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How Does YourMechanic Source Parts?

Car repair is precise work because each part has an impact on both the overall functionality of the car as well as other individual components. Have you ever wondered where your specific mechanic gets the parts to make repairs on your car?

YourMechanic carefully reviews each appointment request to make sure the correct parts are ordered and installed. Since we are a mobile service with no warehouse, we partner with suppliers to get parts. Thus, parts selection is critical to our business.

Where does YourMechanic source parts from?

If you are a car owner, you may know that dealerships provide parts for your car. They are called Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts. However, there are other parts suppliers on the market. They are called aftermarket suppliers. Aftermarket parts tend to be more cost-effective, and are the same or better quality than OEM parts. Independent shops and retail chains typically use aftermarket parts.

At YourMechanic, we use parts both from OEM and aftermarket suppliers. We prefer aftermarket suppliers because there is a lower cost to you as the customer and we choose the best quality aftermarket parts to exceed our warranty. When no aftermarket parts are available for a specific job, we use OEM parts.

How does YourMechanic source parts?

At YourMechanic, we have a customer first policy. The customer is our number one priority, and we make sure to provide the best quality parts at the lowest cost.

To make sure the correct parts are installed in your vehicle, we select parts with careful consideration. To begin, once you set up your appointment and a mechanic is assigned to you, our parts and quotes team receive notice of your job request. They then identify the correct parts for your vehicle. This process requires substantial auto industry expertise.

Good to know: We use your VIN to identify, select and install the correct parts in your vehicle. It is the most critical piece of information you can provide.

The parts and quotes team at YourMechanic is made up of a group of specialists with the capability to identify the particular car part for every vehicle type in the U.S. Their job is to determine and order the best quality parts that meet the customer's need and also surpasses our warranty. This process ensures that the parts we install in your car will last longer than the warranty period provided.

Once we order the parts, the mechanic’s retail store will be notified, and they begin to prepare them for pick up. At the time of the appointment, the mechanic picks up the correct parts from the store and heads to the customer’s location for installation.

What is VIN and why do we need it?

VIN stands for Vehicle Identification Number. This is a specific 17-character code that serves as the unique identification number for each automobile. It's a fingerprint for your car, and no two vehicles have the same VIN.

The VIN indicates several different pieces of information about a vehicle: details about the brand, the manufacturer, the model year, where the vehicle was built, the engine size and type, whether or not the car uses a flex fuel, an authorization character that is manufacturer-specific, and finally the serial number of the vehicle itself.

Where do you find your VIN?

Though potentially challenging to read because of the small numbers, finding the VIN is relatively straightforward. It is usually located on the vehicle’s dashboard or the insurance policy paperwork. For more assistance, here is the perfect way to find your VIN.

If you have any questions about how YourMechanic sources parts, don’t hesitate to call us at 1-844-249-6752.

Dora Gyulai

Dora is the Marketing Specialist at YourMechanic. Her background is in digital media and advertising. Dora has been with YourMechanic since 2017, and her focus is on social media growth and engagement.