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7 tips for buying for spare parts online

7 tips for buying for spare parts online

Buying spare parts for your European vehicle can be a daunting experience, particularly if you’re new to buying parts online. The number one question asked is will this part fit? The buying process doesn’t need to be an anxiety-ridden, sweat-inducing task.

Here's 7 of our top tips for buying spare parts online. No need to thank us!

1. Know your vehicle.

The simplest way to find the right spare parts for your vehicle is to know its make, model, year and series. Most spare part search systems ask for this information, so having it on hand can save a lot of time.

This information can be found in your vehicle’s owners manual and in some states, online tools make it easy to bring up your vehicle’s details and VIN from a search of the number plate:


Or feel free to contact our helpful Parts Team to positively identify your car!

2. Is your transmission automatic or manual?

It may seem like an obvious feature of your vehicle, but you’d be surprised how many parts depend on whether the car has an automatic or manual transmission. Radiators, CV joints and engine mounts just to name a few.

3. Know your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or PR Number.


VIN and PR numbers can tell you everything you need to know about your vehicle from the colour to the year it was manufactured. It’s like a secret code. If you provide this number when ordering from Run Auto Parts, we guarantee fitment of your part!

Every vehicle in the world has a VIN, and it’s composed of 17 characters made up of letters and numbers. It can be found either on the door post or in the corner of the dashboard where it meets the windscreen.

A PR code is a production code is used by manufacturers including VW, Audi, Seat, and Skoda. It’s similar to a VIN and can be found on the data sticker, (also known as the customer service data record) which is located in the vehicle’s service book or on the body of the tyre well (in the boot of the vehicle).

4. Is your vehicle high performance or special edition?

While your Mercedes-Benz C-Class may look the same as every other C-Class out there on the road, keep in mind that vehicles usually come with a variety of options.

For example, a C-Class optioned with an AMG sport package is tuned for increased power and better handling. This vehicle will require different spare parts to a standard C-Class, for example, a more powerful braking system.

5. Shopping for European Car parts in Australia?


When searching for spare parts for European cars, it’s important to note that most European cars sold in Australia are assembled specifically to meet our local conditions and ADR regulations.  Aside from obvious differences, such as the steering wheel being on the right, the suspension calibration, exterior lighting, emissions controls and servicing schedules are specific to vehicles produced for the Australian market. European manufacturers also upgrade cooling system parts, such as radiators and thermostats to cope with the harsh Aussie climate.


6. Record the part number.

If you have bought spare parts in the past or are buying parts that require regular replacement (e.g. air or oil filters), it’s a good idea record the part number. Keep the box, take a pic of the label with your phone, write it down or save your order invoice.

If you need to reorder the part in the future, you’ll won’t have to spend valuable time searching for the part number. 

7. Does the part look the same?

When ordering spare parts online, it’s always a great idea to use good-old common sense. Ask yourself does the part I’m ordering look the same as the part that is in my vehicle?

Having trouble finding the right spare part for your European vehicle? Contact Run Auto Parts and speak to one of our spare parts specialists.