Sourcing classic Landrover parts
Image: Colin Mutchler, 2007
Trying to source aftermarket parts for any classic vehicle can be a tricky business and if you don't know where to look then you could be in for a frustrating time. Landrover models can also pose additional problems because this is such a highly specialised vehicle with, in many cases, unique components that aren't easy to replicate.
The key to finding the right spare parts for your classic Landrover lies in identifying every single one of the possible sources and then covering all bases as and when you need something. Fortunately there are many options open to you.
Firstly, there are specialist dealers all across the country and this is a logical place to start. A quick internet search will give you a number of outlets to choose from and from there you can make your necessary enquiry.
You may find however, that the item you need isn't in stock and this is where you need to look further afield. Remember that the Landrover was a huge success all over the world and it is possible to find the part you need from dealers in the United States and beyond. Naturally you'll pay a higher price in terms of postage and you may have longer to wait for delivery but in many cases this could be your best option.
Online auction sites are also a good place to look for aftermarket spares for any vehicle. Here you will find a selection of dealers but there is also likely to be a choice of private individuals who might be breaking up a Landrover or trading in parts in their spare time.
Finding spares in the traditional way is often the best method of tracking down what you want and a good place to begin is with the classic car magazines. Each will have a classified section for spare parts and if you have a classic Landrover then it makes sense to look in a periodical that is devoted to the vintage vehicle.
However, you can also check the general classified magazines and general online sites if you are struggling to locate that piece that you really want. This may be a more time consuming process but if you haven't found the right spare from the other sources mentioned then this could be a good option.
Remember that most, if not all of these publications will have a wanted section allowing you to tell the readers what your specific needs are. Advertising is cheap and in the case of some online portals it's free so you can cover these options as well if required.
Meanwhile, there are dedicated classic car forums where users are able to post what they need for their vintage car. You may even find one or two that are specific to the classic Landrover and this could be your most likely source of success.
Not only can you find like minded individuals here, you also have a wealth of knowledge and a readership that is likely to have a huge list of contacts. Online forums such as these are certainly worth trying.
If you're looking for spares for a classic Landrover, or any other form of ClassicCar.co.uk then there is a huge choice. Armed with this information you can therefore save yourself money and a significant amount of time.