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Seems easy enough, your blinker light is out and there is a two-pack online for $12. Should you buy it?

First, consider whether you can do the repair. Replacing a blinker light is easy, but are there any special tools you need? Bring out your car's service manual and watch a YouTube video to determine if it's doable. (If you're not able, have a mechanic make the repair and save you the frustration.)

Be sure to research who you are buying the part from. National companies like NAPA, O'Reilly, AutoZone and Advance Auto Parts are all reputable and have local outlets to return any auto part to if you buy it from their online store. Reputation is key when buying online so do a bit of internet background research to ensure the company you are buying from has excellent ratings.

Lastly, beware of private buyers. Sure, Amazon if filled with millions of auto parts, but are they listed from a private seller? Are they trustworthy? There are as many scams as there are auto parts, so again, investigate a seller.

Keep in mind that a simple repair may have larger implications. Remember that old song, "the leg bone is connected to the knee bone, and the knee bone is connected to the shin bone…." It's the same in auto mechanics, too. An auto mechanic can inspect the connecting parts and make sure the whole arrangement is working as it should. Moreover, a mechanic would be able to tell if a recently purchased part is broken before it is installed.

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