My car is me: How eBay can help you with your next automotive task

Mad about your motor? Let us explain how eBay can help you work on it with ease.

A mechanic lays underneath a car

by Ryan Gilmore |

Spend a sizable amount of time in the garage tinkering with your pride and joy? Would you rather be holding a socket set than a golf club or TV remote? In that case, chances are you're a dyed-in-the-wool petrolhead and you'll know everything there is to know about your car and revel at the chance to work on it.

But did you know that eBay has a rich selection of spare parts available for a huge number of cars? Some car manufacturers even have official stores stocking everything from air filters to clutch assemblies. The eBay garage feature is a real gem for car enthusiasts and it couldn't be simpler to use, all you need to do is enter your car's details (the reg will do) and eBay will filter the parts that fit. So whether you're tinkering with an old Alfa, modding your EP3 or fighting ridicule to keep a ruined old Peugeot moving, let us show you how eBay can help you get the parts you need.

Spares and repairs

If you're handy with a set of tools and want to tackle something complex, eBay can be a great source of official OEM parts. Take the gaskets you'd normally find in an engine as an example, eBay can help you find quality replacement examples that are guaranteed to fit and will be top-quality. As it's always a clever idea to replace a gasket if you come across one, a reliable source of them will make tinkering a lot more straightforward.

BMW Genuine Cylinder Head Valve Cover Gasket

BMW Gasket

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This gasket will fit the BMW 320 (E46).

It's not just the consumable parts that eBay stocks either, larger spare parts that can be a nightmare to source can now be found with ease, all made to the correct OEM specification. If you're planning some more serious task then there's a fair chance that the larger parts you need will be available.

Don't forget the essentials

While you're busying yourself looking for every conceivable spare part available, remember that the eBay Garage can be used to find basic consumable parts you'll probably be very familiar with. For example, this allows you to find the correct air, oil and cabin filters for your car.

Genuine Ford Air Filter

Genuine Ford Air Filter

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

Bosch Screw On Oil Filter

Bosch Oil Filter

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The oil filter fits the Toyota Aygo.

The eBay garage feature can also help you find the correct fluids for your car. While this information is readily available in your car's handbook, this feature makes finding the right products online really easily.

Visual upgrades

It's worth remembering that certain parts of your car can be repaired instead of being replaced. Not only will this save you cash but it's a more eco-minded choice. Take clouded headlights as a good example, you can buy restoration kits that use polishing compounds and sandpaper to make them look brand new again.

Turning to the inside of your car and you'll probably be aware that tired leather can crack, not a good look. Did you also know that you can get leather seat repair kits on eBay that will have your interior looking Concours ready in no time.

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