How to find genuine OEM parts for your car with eBay

Take the hassle out of searching for car parts with official spares on eBay.

A mechanic using a wrench on a car

by Ryan Gilmore |

Think of the most durable cars ever made and without basic maintenance they're rendered immobile. Even the Toyota Hilux, Volvo 240 and Mercedes W123 aren't going too far with no sparkplugs or engine oil. Basic, consumable parts are an essential part of car ownership and finding the correct parts is essential for your car's health.

Before now you were faced with either leaving it to a mechanic and swallowing the cost for basic work or spending your time chasing down aftermarket suppliers with your fingers crossed the parts would be of good quality and fit your car. Happily, eBay is now the perfect source of OEM quality parts

Official parts on eBay

At current, six car manufacturers have official eBay stores selling a wide range of car parts including the essential non-serviceable parts that need changing periodically. They are:

BMW

Ford

Lexus

Mini

Suzuki

Toyota

Parts including lightbulbs, filters, wiper blades and spark plugs are all for sale here and are available for most modern cars. There are so many parts available in fact, that it's a good idea for desktop users to also make use of the My Garage feature on eBay to find the correct part for your car even quicker.

Here's just a taste of what's available from these six eBay stores:

BMW Genuine High Power Spark Plug 3/5/7 Series X5/X3 Z3 Z4

BMW Genuine High Power Spark Plug 357 Series X5X3 Z3 Z4

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This sparkplug fits a number of BMWs including the X3, X5, Z3 and Z4.

Genuine Ford Wiper Blade

Genuine Ford Wiper Blade

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The wiper blade set fits the Ford Galaxy and S-Max.

It's more than the consumables too

More serious car parts are available too, the type you wouldn't risk changing yourself without proper training and at least a month of Sundays to get it done in. Items such as head gaskets, water pumps and clutches are essential to your car's health, and if anything, these parts are more important to get correct as poor quality or mismatched parts can cause serious damage. Buying from these stores will ensure the parts are up to scratch and will fit without putting up a fight.

Genuine Suzuki Ignis RG Rear Shock Absorber

Genuine Suzuki Ignis RG Rear Shock Absorber

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This rear shock absorber fits the Suzuki Ignis.

Genuine Ford Engine Cylinder Head Gasket

Genuine Ford Engine Cylinder Head Gasket

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This head gasket fits several Ford models including the C-Max and Focus.

Customise your car

Stepping away from the oily bits, there are a number of OEM extras you can add to your car including roof racks, boot liners and even official roof boxes. These are perfect for upgrading the functionality of your car, or adding parts that were never optioned when the car was new, all safe in the knowledge they're built to the highest standards and are guaranteed to fit your car.

Aesthetic pieces are also available if you want to customise how your cars look without resorting to aftermarket parts that you'll often need to file down to fit and won't be made to the same standard as the rest of the car.

Been there, got the t-shirt

While you're treating your car to a new look and a few upgrades, why not treat yourself too. Most of the manufacturers also stock merchandise ranging from clothing and pens to teddy bears and even luggage. And while they're in no way essential to keeping your car going, it's a nice additional feature offered on eBay.

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