I was crestfallen when I came to know that I cannot find spare parts:
Every once in a few decades, there are car models that were fiercely popular once upon a time and the manufacturer decided to either stop new production in line or slowly but gently phases the model out. as a result, the ancillary market of spare products also suffers and the dealers who had stocked up the spare parts of the phased out model either sell off the spare parts back to the company or they are sent t the recycling to be remodeled into newer things.
The information skipped my notice:
This happened about a decade ago. There was news in the papers, so my dealer here says and also tells me that he has evidence to corroborate but this news that this particular car that I own and the one that I wear as a pride on my sleeve has been phased out. The problem is not that it is phased out, no!
The problem is that it needs service and couple of spare parts that are peculiar only to its model!
I was almost traumatized when I heard that the chances of any spare part were very dim and I only prayed that there was someone out there who had the good sense to have had the stock of what my car so badly needed.
But online market to my rescue:
I was casually browsing one evening when my eyes fell on an advertisement by an Indian manufacturing company based out of Bombay that claimed that it could make spare parts of an automobile, even the phased out ones. I knew my prayers were answered. I dropped them an email and sure enough, they diligently replied in a couple of hours. They agreed to ship it to me.
I really cannot believe my luck. My Peugeot broke down and I get replacement parts here all the way from India. Online markets are the way to go. As I type this, I am grinning ear to ear sitting and enjoying my ride in my favorite Peugeot!