Conn. (WWLP) – The 48th annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway has been rescheduled to this Saturday, May 11. The track announced the postponement on Thursday. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will race 200 laps as scheduled to go off at 4:45 p.m. The Stafford Motor Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Series five divisions will race on Saturday at 1:15 p.m. On Saturday, the pit gates will open at 7:30 a.m., with practice going off at 10:30 a.m. with the grandstands opening at the same time. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will have practice at 12:35 p.m. Stafford Motor Speedway kicked off their 2019 season last Saturday. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour last raced on April 7 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park as Justin Bonsignore became the third different race winner on tour this season. Major auto parts like alternators, driveshafts, and transmissions are always expensive when you buy them new. Still, refurbished parts can be a viable alternative that can save you substantial amounts of money.
However, not all refurbished parts are rebuilt to OEM standards, so if you want to take this route, be sure to investigate the company that does the refurbishing. Also, remember that no refurbished auto part ever comes with a warranty that matches the warranty of a new part, but the warranty should offer at least two-thirds of what a “new” warranty offers. Nonetheless, a warranty means nothing if it is not backed up by a solid history of superior after-sales service, so be sure to check out the supplier’s record about after-sales service.
Buy auto parts online.
A quick online search will turn up many online parts retailers that carry huge stock inventories and often at prices that beat those of walk-in stores. In addition, some online retailers will deliver the part to your door, or sometimes at a nearby auto part store, which can save you both time and money. However, you need to check on a few things before you purchase auto parts online, the most important of which is the retailer’s returns policy. For the most part, electrical parts are not returnable, regardless of where you buy them from, but some online retailers will not accept returns of any auto parts if the packaging had been opened. This can make online purchases problematic if you cannot supply a sample of the part you need, so be sure to check out the terms and conditions set by each online retailer- not doing this could double the cost of the part if the retailer won’t accept a return, and you have to buy the part from a walk-in store anyway.
Use loyalty programs
Almost all auto part stores and chains offer loyalty programs that could save you the full price of a part if you have enough points or benefits to redeem against the price of that part. However, to get the best from any loyalty program, you need to make frequent purchases to collect points, which means that if you only buy auto parts occasionally, a loyalty program is likely not the way to go.
Do preventative maintenance
Nobody actually likes spending money on auto parts, but one surefire way to save on money on parts is to stick to the specified maintenance schedule of your vehicle. This may sound counter-intuitive, but by replacing worn parts when you should, you save money by not having to buy related auto parts that were damaged because you did not replace worn parts in time. Fixing secondary damage can run to several times the cost of the part or component that should have been replaced, and these additional costs can add up to ridiculous amounts over the life of a car. So, shop smart, don’t replace parts unnecessarily, stick to the maintenance schedule, and you will be amazed at how much money you are saving on auto parts all of a sudden!