Automotive Spare Part Kits

Automotive Spare Part Kits

ARE THEY ALL THEY'RE CRACKED UP TO BE?

When it comes to vehicle spare parts, there are so many options on the market that finding the right parts to service your European vehicle can be a challenging and time-consuming task.

Is it better to buy a spare parts kit or each part individually?
Are spare parts kits all they’re cracked up to be?

Do we at Run Auto Parts recommend buying a parts kit? The simple answer is yes.

Whether you’re a weekend DIYer or a professional mechanic, kits save time, money and hassles and deliver everything you need for a particular repair or service task.

Read on to learn about the different types of spare parts and what comes in a spare parts kit. We’ve even put together a handy pros and cons list so you can decide for yourself.

TYPES OF SPARE PARTS

Vehicle parts fall into one of two broad categories, they’re either consumable or repairable. A consumable is a part you need to replace at regular service intervals, and a repairable part is something you need to change because it breaks. In most cases, you’ll find parts are consumable.

WHAT COMES IN A SPARE PARTS KIT?

Spare part kits contain ALL the necessary replacement parts for a particular component of the vehicle. Let’s look at some examples. 

As we explored in our blog Engine Belts: why Run Auto Parts recommends Optibelt, engine belts are essential for keeping the moving parts inside your engine in regular time. While you may think it’s just a belt that is worn and needs attention, other related parts including the pulley and tensioner also wear out at the same time and may need replacing as well.

The situation is similar to the vehicle’s braking system where pads and discs should be replaced at the same time. Instead of buying individual items, a parts kit will contain all the required parts including things you might not have thought of such as bolts, washers and sensors.

PROS AND CONS OF BUYING SPARE PARTS KITS

To help you decide if you’re better off buying a spare part kit instead of individual parts, we’ve put together this handy pros and cons list.

PROS

You’ll save money
Buying a spare parts kit will save you money not only on the parts because you are buying them in bulk, but also on postage/delivery as you just need to place one order.

You’ll reduce time and hassle
There is nothing worse than ordering parts, waiting for them to arrive and finally getting stuck into the job only to discover you need a sneaky little item like a gasket and O-ring.

A spare parts kit comes with all the required items, even the ones you might not have thought of.

There’ll be less chance of breakdowns
Parts in components such as the brake system (discs and pads) generally wear and tear at the same time so servicing them at the same time will ensure vehicle reliability.

The fastest and easiest way to do this is by purchasing a spare parts kit which includes all the necessary components.

You’ll have parts in stock
While it’s recommended you replace all of the parts in a particular component together, there are some cases where this might not be necessary.

However, buying a kit means that you have the items ‘in stock’ for when they do need servicing.

CONS

Not all parts are available in kits
While there are many spare part kits on the market, there are some components of your vehicle they aren’t available for.

If you can’t find the kit you need, Run Auto Parts can help. Contact one of our parts specialists who can recommend parts for your vehicle.

You may end up with parts you don’t need
While it’s recommended you replace all the parts of a particular component at the same time, this isn’t always necessary so if you buy a spare parts kit you may be left with parts that aren’t needed.

There’s only one brand in the kit
While most manufacturers recommend NOT mixing brands, you may have a specific reason to do this. Spare parts kits don’t come in mix and match.

SPARE PARTS KITS THAT RUN AUTO PARTS STOCK 

At Run Auto Parts, we stock everything from basic kits such as brake pads which come in a box of four, to comprehensive kits such as a head gasket kit. This contains not only the head gasket but all other parts required for disassembly including the exhaust gasket, crankshaft and cams shaft seals, and valve stem seals.

To make life that little bit easier, we’ve put together a range of kits for popular service jobs, so you don’t need to be an expert in car parts. We’d also love to hear your recommendations - so please email us your suggestions for kits you’d like to see us sell.

Check out our range of spare part kits for all types of vehicle makes and models.

Need help finding a part to suit your European vehicle? Use Run Auto Parts’ Shop by Vehicle function. If you know your VNR or PR number we guarantee fitment.