Industries can’t run without industrial parts. Actually buying them, however, can prove to be a challenge, especially if you’re looking at used or new-old stock instead of something factory fresh. Here are just four tips for buying the right industrial parts and keeping yourself in business.
1. Know Your Companies
Which have a reputation for high-quality products? Which have the most competitive shipping prices? Read customer reviews; browse their testimonials; watch any online videos or how-to guides using their parts.
2. Find a Specialist
If you’re looking for electronics, shop from electronic component suppliers. If you’re looking for heavy machinery parts, shop from heavy machinery manufacturers. Always go for the companies with specialized skills and practices rather than the "jack of all trades" who only have approximate knowledge of what they’re selling.
3. Consider Their Prices
Used parts are generally more affordable than new ones, but they might also come with installation and maintenance costs that can bring the price right up again. Make sure you’re getting a genuinely good deal before you hand over your credit card.
4. Know Your Options
This is especially important when you’re buying used parts. Are you looking for new-old stock (NOS)? Are only original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts worth your time? Make sure you also know how specific companies define "acceptable" and "like new."
If you’re in the market for industrial parts, you’ll want to keep these four things in mind. Click here for more information about buying spare parts.