How to Buy Spare Ford Capri Parts on eBay

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How to Buy Spare Ford Capri Parts on eBay

The Ford Capri is a popular, two-door sports car manufactured in the United Kingdom in the 1960's and then later in Europe and Australia. Its popularity also extended into competitive racing, and a racing version of the Ford Capri was manufactured for the European racing circuit. Although the Ford Capri is no longer produced, Capri owners still need spare parts to repair or replace existing parts in order to maintain their cars. These spare parts may be new, used, remanufactured, reconditioned, OEM, or aftermarket parts.

It is important for a buyer to understand the differences between the types of spare parts that are available when making a purchase decision. Quality and cost are also important considerations. eBay offers a wide selection of spare parts to repair or replace existing parts on Ford Capris. The various parts typically available on the site include new, used, and remanufactured parts. The site also offer parts that may not be available at regular automotive supply stores. The quality, affordable, spare parts on the site can help any owner or collector properly maintain a classic Ford Capri.

History of the Ford Capri

The Ford Capri was first produced in the United Kingdom by the Ford Motor Company in 1961. It was called the Ford Consul Capri coupe. The first coupes were expensive to manufacture and lacked sufficient engine power to compete with the competition. Although engine capacity improved, the Ford Consul Capri was still too expensive to manufacture without a corresponding growth in sales. It was discontinued in 1964 after a very short run.

In 1969, a new and improved, European version of the Ford Capri coupe called the Ford Capri Mk I was introduced. It was intended as a companion to the popular Ford Mustang in North America. It was still considered a sports car, but the new version was also marketed to appeal to a variety of buyers by offering different engine capabilities. In 1970, the Ford Motor Company began exporting the Ford Capri outside of the European market. In 1972, the Ford Capri Mk I was updated for comfort and drivability. An increase in sales soon followed.

In 1974, the Ford Capri Mk II was introduced, followed by the Ford Capri Mk III in 1978. Although the newer versions targeted everyday drivers, Ford could not change the trend of declining sales. Nonetheless, the Ford Capri was still an extremely popular sports car in the United Kingdom, achieving almost cult status toward the end of its production. By 1984, the Ford Capri was only sold in the United Kingdom, and the company eventually ended European production in 1986. In 1989, Ford Motor Company of Australia produced a Ford Capri convertible. Total Ford Capri production, including Australia, ended in 1994.

Types of Spare Parts

Due to the length of time that the Ford Capri was in production and the different versions available, there is a tremendous need for spare Ford Capri parts to replace or repair existing parts. Spare parts are often sold on eBay by automotive supply distributors, junkyard owners, and individual sellers. Because of the diversity of the sellers, the different types of spare parts include new, used, remanufactured, reconditioned, OEM, and aftermarket parts, and the quality can be vastly different. A buyer should take into consideration the quality and cost of the spare parts before making a final purchase.

New Parts

New Ford Capri parts are automobile parts that come from the original equipment manufacturer or from another manufacturer that supplies comparable parts. In some cases, 'new' parts may also be remanufactured parts with comparable quality at a lower price. New parts come with new cars or are used as replacement or repair parts for used cars. They come with a full warranty and are more expensive than other types of spare parts.

Used Parts

Used Ford Capri parts are used automobile parts from another Ford Capri. These parts may have originally come from the original equipment manufacturer or a comparable manufacturer. The used parts may be fully functional, reconditioned, or non-working parts. The used parts may be sold by junkyards that sell used car parts or individual owners. There is usually no guarantee or warranty for the quality, durability, or longevity of the parts.

Remanufactured Parts

Remanufactured Ford Capri parts are used automobile parts that have been taken apart, inspected, cleaned, and repaired. The parts are then comparable to new parts and are often warranted. The function and quality of a remanufactured part is equivalent to a new part from the original equipment manufacturer or a comparable manufacturer. A remanufactured part may be less expensive than a brand new part.

Reconditioned Parts

Reconditioned Ford Capri parts are used automobile parts that have been cleaned and inspected for proper function and performance. They have not been completely taken apart, like remanufactured parts, and restored to their original, new condition. Many reconditioned parts are parts acquired from wrecked Ford Capris that are no longer drivable. Although the car has been damaged beyond repair, certain parts may not have been damaged and can be reconditioned. Reconditioned parts receive a lower warranty and cost less than new and remanufactured parts.

OEM Parts

OEM Ford Capri parts are automobile parts made by the original equipment manufacturer that made the original parts for a new car. A car owner can search for OEM parts to replace existing parts on a car. This provides the owner with a replacement part made by the same manufacturer as the original part. It may be difficult to find new OEM parts on eBay since they are typically sold by manufacturers and dealerships, but it may be possible to find used, remanufactured, or reconditioned OEM parts on the site.

Aftermarket Parts

Aftermarket Ford Capri parts are automobile parts that are not made by the original equipment manufacturer. These types of parts are made by other manufacturers who have purchased the rights to produce and distribute the parts. Because the parts are not made by the original equipment manufacturer, the makeup of the parts may be slightly different from the OEM parts. This difference does not signify that the aftermarket parts are inferior in performance to OEM parts. It simply means that the aftermarket parts are not identical to the OEM parts. In some cases, they may actually be superior in quality and performance to the OEM parts. Aftermarket parts are usually new or remanufactured parts that are less expensive than OEM parts.

The following table illustrates the differences between the types of spare Ford Capri parts. The types of spare parts include new, used, remanufactured, reconditioned, OEM, and aftermarket parts.

Spare Part

Quality

Cost

New

Genuine, OEM or aftermarket part that has never been used

Typically high quality

Most expensive option for both OEM and aftermarket parts

Aftermarket typically less expensive than OEM

Used

OEM or aftermarket part previously used in another car

Average to inferior quality

Least expensive option if not reconditioned

Moderate to low cost if reconditioned

Remanufactured

Fully rebuilt OEM or aftermarket part that is comparable to new

Good quality

Moderately expensive

Reconditioned

Cleaned and inspected used part, but not restored to new condition

Average to inferior quality

Not as expensive as new OEM, remanufactured, and aftermarket parts

More expensive than used parts

OEM

Genuine part from the original equipment manufacturer

May be new or used

High to inferior quality, depending on condition

Most expensive option if purchased new

Less expensive if purchased in remanufactured, reconditioned, or used condition

Aftermarket

New, remanufactured, or used parts made by third-party manufacturers

High to inferior quality, depending on condition

Less expensive than new OEM parts

More expensive than used and reconditioned parts

 

The table above examines the differences between the types of spare parts available to replace or repair Ford Capri parts. eBay offers quality, spare Ford Capri parts to fit any buyer's budget. The site offers quality parts to repair or replace virtually any part.

Finding Spare Ford Capri Parts on eBay

The many different parts available on eBay include brakes, electrical components, engines, exhaust systems, body parts, ignitions, instruments, transmissions, and more. Some parts are also bundled together for economy and affordability. eBay also offers service kits for different parts. To search for spare Ford Capri parts on eBay, the buyer can use either keywords or categories. To use keywords, the buyer goes to the eBay homepage and types keywords like 'new Ford Capri parts' into the search bar and then selects the 'Search' button. This action takes the buyer to a page of listings for new Ford Capri parts. The buyer can select a listing and read its description, or he or she can examine the categories that list new Ford Capri parts. It is important for the buyer to carefully read the descriptions for any additional items included with the part and to determine the proper part number.

The buyer can also narrow the search by only selecting eBay top-rated sellers. This designation signifies that these sellers have received superior ratings from previous buyers in the areas of customer service and on-time delivery.

Conclusion

The Ford Capri is a classic, two-door sports car that is still very popular amongst car owners and collectors. The different versions of the classic Ford Capri require many different types of spare parts to help maintain their performance and style. Spare parts include new, used, remanufactured, reconditioned, OEM, and aftermarket parts. The owner of a Ford Capri must personally decide what types of parts to purchase based on manufacturer, quality, and cost.

eBay offers quality Ford Capri parts at affordable prices. The site is easy to use and offers the convenience of shopping online, which tends to be less time consuming and often cost saving. The site features a range of popular, brand name products from well-known automotive parts manufacturers in a variety of conditions. Spare Ford Capri parts from eBay allow a Ford Capri to continue to perform at its best and maintain its stylish appearance so that it can be enjoyed by car owners and collectors for many years.

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