Vehicle operators are choosing to buy more car parts online to save on costs. Motorists will either fit the parts themselves or pay a garage to fit them if the job is beyond their ability, according to mail order specialists, who reported a 28% increase on sales of parts against the same period last year.

Motorists can halve the costs of parts such as brake discs and pads, shock absorbers, drive shafts, alternators and starter motors. A replacement steering rack on a prestige vehicle can cost well over £1,000 from a car dealership – a similar replacement part bought online will cost as little as £250 according to Car Parts Direct.

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