According to this handy dandy “best time to buy things” list from Life Hacker one can expect the best deals for car accessories and parts during the month of April.
The reasoning behind this being that people tend to fix their cars during the early Summer months and according to the same list, the best month to buy a car is September.
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With that in mind, this means we are just about to head into the busy car buying season in a few months and as such, many will be looking to purchase cool car accessories to outfit and decorate their vehicles with. If this describes you or a friend then below we have a few ideas on how to save on these accessories when you’re ready to go grab them.
4 Smart Ways To Save On Car Accessories
1. Social Media Only Offers –
Have you heard of social media deals? Essentially this is all part of the new lexicon we find ourselves in where a retailer or merchant offers deals, freebies and discounts via their respective social media channels. Except only via their social media channels. This could be from Twitter, Facebook, Google + or Pinterest and although it varies by brand and location – we would venture to say Facebook and Twitter are your best bets to score good coupons from retailers.
When we visit the Autozone website, we clearly see links to their Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts and when we visit the Autozone Facebook page, we found a FREE gas giveaway tab and a “fan only deals” tab. The fan only deals tab leads to discounts on batteries and other items. Also the Facebook page is quite active with a variety of engaging items such as funny photos involving cars where fans are asked to caption the photos. Score.
2. Email Only Deals –
This is when a retailer offers discounts and deals to email subscribers. Basically when you sign up to their email list, they will reward you with various offers and coupons. The smart retailers will have the sign up form clearly and prominently displayed on their websites and lure you in via a good incentive. Which could be 20% off your next order, a fun freebie such as a car air freshener or simply a coupon for vehicle service. Who doesn’t want a full service oil change for $19.95 – right.
3. Local Discounts –
There was a time when no one thought of shopping online and now the tide has turned and no one thinks of shopping locally. However there are still lots of good discounts, sales, coupons and deals to be had by patronizing your local retailer. In this case, we are referring to Pep Boys, Firestone, Autozone, Target, Kmart, Walmart and other local (offline) merchants that have a car parts and car accessories section. A quart of oil could easily be cheaper at your local Walmart store than buying it online, because all you might need is one bottle and of course – because of the added shipping charges you incur from buying online.
4. Craigslist –
What can’t you find behind this behemoth of a site. Just about anything and everything you could think of, including car parts and accessories can be found via the Craigslist site. Need a new bumper? Maybe a hubcap or three? Gas cap? Whatever you’re in need of, give your local city Craigslist site a visit and see what you can score for a few bucks and a nearby drive. As always exercise due caution and meet at a public place to see an item or take someone with you.
Hope you have picked up a tip or two on ways to save when you’re in the market for a car part or accessory in the near future. Let us know, feel free to share your thoughts below in the feedback area.
Missy Diaz writes for http://www.comprehensiveinsurancequotes.com and blogs daily about diverse finance topics aimed at the car market. Missy is a freelance writer by day and at night loves to Pilates and practices yoga every chance she gets.