How does PartsHound Work?
PartsHound.Com does not sell parts. You do.
PartsHound.Com is a forum that connects buyers with sellers with factory
part numbers using a simple point-and-click method. How
is this better?
PartsHound membership is free. Listing a part is free.
Maintaining a listing indefinitely is free. Buying a part is free. Selling
a part costs 5% ($0.50 minimum, excludes freight). That's less than
most sales tax rates! It is assumed that buyers pay for delivery
or pick the item up in person unless otherwise stated in the item description.
While we create the exploded views, you may use the "Part
Number Lookup" at the top right of any window. This is useful for
both buying/selling if you know the part number.
When the exploded views are available you can follow the
manufacturer link to the model, year, and parts group you want until you
locate the part itself. If the part description is available, click the
link. Then choose whether to find or sell that part. To list a part for
sale or to make a purchase requires membership for feedback purposes.
You can screen the results of a parts search by new or used if you wish.
Casual visitors can use the site to find part numbers
for simple reference, but only members can buy or sell parts. Membership
is required for purposes of accountability. Membership is free for everyone.
Auction sites. Auction sites have several flaws that
hinder the trading of auto parts. The first flaw is that they use verbal
descriptions to list and find parts. Verbal descriptions can vary from
person to person, locality, and training. This causes problems that require
much clarification. I'm sure you've seen it at the auto parts counter.
Sometimes it feels that me and the guy behind the counter are speaking
two different languages. This type of hit-and-miss verbal description
gets in the way. Often you get the wrong part. The confusion also makes
it possible to miss the item in a text search due to typos or inaccurate/vague
description. If you're selling in an auction, and the bidders you seek
miss that narrow auction window, you may wind up giving your part away
for next to nothing. Wasteful!
Instead of listing and searching parts by description, PartsHound
uses the factory part number. This is much more accurate. This accuracy
can make it possible to find interior parts that
are the right color! A fender that is already painted the color you need!
Not only that, but if your same part was used on different models and
year ranges, the correct part is found anyway, since it's searched by
factory part number!
Time and money. Auction sites are very inefficient and
inconvenient to list a number of parts at the same time. The listing process
asks you to choose categories, all kinds of auction options over several
different windows, etc.. Adding to the problem, each time a part is listed
or relisted, it costs you a fee... And the listing expires in a few days!
This means if the right bidders don't happen by in that narrow time window
you'll have to give your part away or risk more fees to relist it. Wasteful!
You list your part once. If it doesn't sell within a specific period
of time, PartsHound sends you a confirmation email asking whether the
part is still available. If you don't return the email within 15 days
the listing is canceled and you owe nothing! If you return the email,
your listing is continued for no charge until it sells! When your part
does sell you only pay a low 5% ($0.50 minimum) commission to the PartsHound
project. In fact, if you have more than one identical part to sell, just
click the relist link in your confirmation email and the part is automatically
relisted for free! Selling your auto parts on the internet just became
simple and rewarding!
There are also numerous parts locator services that provide their
services to auto salvage yards by subscription. These services allow at
least two salvage yards to add markup into the cost of your part. That
can double the price that you pay for that part! These salvage yard parts
locator services tend to add so much to the price of the part that, in
twenty years of turning wrenches, I've never successfully found a part
(that I could afford) using such a service. That is extremely inefficient.
A vast amount of valuable parts are crushed every day by salvage yards
because the yard owners don't know how to get these parts into the hands
of customers who are seeking them. They just haven't connected to the
customer in an efficient manner.
The major goal of the PartsHound project is to provide a precise, efficient
parts locator service to individuals, body shops, professional restoration
facilities, and other automotive businesses who need specific auto parts
at reasonable prices. At the same time companies who sell parts every
day can use this service to increase their sale and raise their profits.
Even individuals parting out their old cars can use this forum to move
valuable or rare parts that would ordinarily be crushed and melted down.
It is our hope that salvage yards and individuals
will use this project to make parting out cars more efficient and profitable.
In a way, PartsHound is the ultimate recycling project.