A lot of parts are made in the United States, but there’s no shortage of ones made in Canada.article A lot, a lot, and a lot more.
But for the majority of Canadians, they can’t find the right parts in Alberta.article “There’s no way we can be 100 per cent Canadian,” said Carole Macdonald, a retiree in Edmonton who lives in Calgary.
“If you’re an older person, you’ve probably been to a lot of stores and you’ve got a lot to do with your car.”article This year, there are over 400 car parts suppliers in Alberta, according to the Alberta Car Parts Association.
The Association of Automobile Manufacturers estimates that there are at least 500,000 cars in Canada that are made overseas.
Most are manufactured in Asia, but the U.S. and China are also significant sources.
For those who can’t afford to buy parts overseas, Carole says the best place to find parts locally is at her local car dealership.
“The one that comes to mind is Best Buy,” she said.
But that’s not always the case.
I’ve been looking at car parts for a long time and I have to say that the car dealerships are kind of understaffed,” she added.
A lot of them just don’t know what they’re doing, or they don’t want to do it.
I’ve found the best places to buy the parts online.
There’s a whole community out there of people who are passionate about buying the parts locally.
When I found out I was going to be able to order parts locally, it was kind of a shock.
I was like, ‘Wait a minute, what do you mean, you can order the parts yourself?
You can order parts at home?
You know, the whole package?'”
Macdonald said she was surprised to find that Best Buy was the only place she could order parts online, though.
“You know, there was no place where I could order it online,” she recalled.
She found a lot about the Canadian car industry online, and she wanted to find out more about the parts suppliers.
It was a little bit nerve-wracking, but I kind of felt like there was a lot that I could do with the parts I was getting.
“Macdonald is currently working on a program to sell parts locally in order to help people find parts in Canada for repairs.
As a retirer, she’s also looking to find other ways to save money on her home repairs.”
I do think it’s important to have that little bit of savings that can go into buying some good-quality parts, that can help your car stay running and that will make it last longer,” she explained.
If you’d like to learn more about car parts in general, the Automotive News Alberta Car Care guide is a great resource for finding parts.
Macdonald will also be attending the Calgary Car Show this month.
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