A generation or so ago, finding the right parts for some kinds of vehicles was often a challenge, especially when you’re looking for parts for a model that’s not especially popular in your region. Sometimes, parts availability would often boil down to chance, and there were often no guarantees that the parts you do get were the best ones for your vehicle. And even if you could find the part you need, it wasn’t always at a price that made sense.
Today, we thankfully have a near-endless array of parts available online. With no need to visit a physical auto store, you now have access to all kinds of parts and accessories, from floor mats to roof racks, or virtually any other part you could imagine. Even models that would have been deemed unrepairable are now more than ever, being restored to full working order thanks to thousands of online parts suppliers.
This freedom of choice comes with its own problems, however. As with other online stores, there are challenges with vetting an online supplier. This can be even more challenging when you’re looking for a genuine Jeep parts and accessories supplier, given that Jeep caters to a very specific type of customer.
Here are a few ways you can choose the right Jeep parts supplier.
1.) Check out their website
While not absolutely necessary, a supplier that does not have their own website can be a red flag. This can mean that they may not have invested in other parts of their business enough, which in turn, means that service may be sketchy.
If they do have a website, make sure that it looks professional and trustworthy. Look for their terms and conditions and read through them so you understand the exact nature of the supplier’s offers.
2.) Check out their social media pages
A social media page can be a good place to get a better idea of how reliable or trustworthy a supplier is. Make sure it’s updated and that the branding is consistent between the social media page and the website.
Social media pages are also a good way to check out the experiences of other customers who might have purchased Jeep parts from the supplier. Make sure to look out for mentions of Jeep parts specifically, as there are a lot of suppliers who may be great for sourcing some brands, but not others.
3.) Make sure they offer secure payments
It’s generally wise to use secure payment options such as a credit card or PayPal for online purchases. This will often give you more protection in case of fraud than a typical bank-to-bank transfer or debit card purchase. Using cash payments tend to be disadvantageous and risky for these types of big-ticket items on sites you’re not completely familiar with.
4.) Check out review sites
Try to see if you can find third-party review sites that have listed the Jeep suppliers you’re looking into. This can make it relatively easy to find out if the supplier is, in fact, the right one for you. Make sure that the sites themselves are unaffiliated with the sites that you’re checking out, as fake review sites are now quite commonplace.
Be sure to vet any Jeep parts and accessories supplier you find online. As many genuine parts aren’t exactly cheap, it pays to exercise due diligence before you make a purchase.