Online parts dealers are the newest thing and have revolutionized the used auto parts industry. The fact remains that people are always going to need new parts for their car and they may not be able to locate them at a traditional parts store. Many times the part is not even being made yet thus the need for used parts becomes apparent. These online dealers are full of parts that are just waiting for you to purchase. These companies sometimes have three to four times the inventory compared to that of a traditional used parts dealer. This is because they do not store the entire car, just the parts. This takes up far less room than having the entire car sitting around. The body parts that can be salvaged are protected from damage and they have become hot items as people are searching for just the right body style part for their next project. Replacing body parts is a lot easier and cheaper than having a body shop repair the damage. This has caused an influx of body part dealers on the Internet. They have what people want and can get the parts to them in a reasonable amount of time.
The same holds true for engine parts and accessories like Lancer accessories. Some of these parts can be difficult to locate, especially if it is a specialty part, like Lancer accessories that require a dealer to order the part made from the factory. If you are seeking Lancer accessories or other hard to find parts, then you should first turn to your local dealer. It is possible that they can order parts that parts stores cannot. Because of the large mark up that, most dealers charge you can expect to pay at least double the price that you would in most other situations. This is after the dealer has gotten their usual discount from the wholesaler as well.
If you must, turn to the local junk yard to find the Lancer accessories that you need. This can mean that they may not match up as far as color and style but you should be able to get a great deal, in comparison to what the dealer will want for the parts.
Before making any rash decisions on dealer parts, always turn to the Internet auction sites first. More and more people have been putting their spare parts the auction sites for a greatly reduced rate. But make sure that there is a photo with the auction, but the photo can't be too modern in other words it can't look like it has been copy and pasted from the Mitsubishi website. If it has then do not bid on it even if the seller says the item is in their hands as they speak. Usually they are the people that ruin these auction sites for everyone else. There are real people out there that are willing to sell you the part that you need for a reasonable price and they will send you the part and not disappear.