questionsdoes anyone know of good sources for car parts?

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I'm confused as to which part you're talking about, can you be a little bit more descriptive? I'm thinking you're just talking about a hubcap at this point; you can get those for free in any parking lot. Maybe try posting a picture if you can.

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@mexicandlyte: Only likely to work for stock parts. I get stuff there on a semi-regular basis, but it sounds like these are something like center caps for non-stock rims.

I'm gonna say e-bay. Or maybe Amazon. E-bay has become my go-to for the hard-to-find or downright weird. Extra tricky because it sounds like you are looking for something that is a part of some assembly, rather than the whole enchilada.

Or Craigslist. Or a pull-your-own junkyard, if you are prepared to spend a lot of time looking.

Best of luck.

@cf: Are these stock or aftermarket?

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LKQ is the nation's largest supplier of aftermarket collision replacement parts and recycled, OEM parts. They should definitely have whatever it is you're looking for.

http://www.lkqcorp.com/locations.aspx

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It is the center cap and it looks like this except mine is gold:

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@cf: Those should be available from the dealer. If it's aftermarket, find out who makes them and inquire within.

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I have put a request in on LKQ and another for car-part.com. Thanks for the tips!

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@75grandville: Wow, that was fast! They are a slightly different design but it they fit, it is a lot better than not having anything there. I have to go out and measure the remaining caps now. Thanks!

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@j5: Unfortunately, these are not stock. The design, color, and size are all weird. The guy at the dealership was basically like "good luck with that" but in a nice way.

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@cf: You could put your two existing center caps on one side, and the two new ones on the other. Seriously - no one ever sees both sides of the car at the same time. That way, whenever someone looks at a side of the car, the front and read would match. Assuming that you have the same rims all around.

Just a thought.

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Pretty sure the manufacturer you are looking for is BBS, they make those center caps for BMW, Porsche and Mazda. (Hubby has an older BMW and I source parts for him all the time ;-) )

The part is actually 3 different pieces with different part numbers. They are a little hard to come by but NOT impossible. Try bimmerforums.com or do a search using BBS BMW gold center caps, I found a few ebay auctions but they were already over. Good luck!

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@jimeezlady: They do seem to be BBS. I was actually wondering if they were different pieces that I could just cobble together. I posted to the forums a couple of weeks ago but haven't gotten any responses yet. Thanks for the info -- I'm going to actually measure the decorative part this afternoon and see if I can find any on-line.

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@75grandville: That is funny! And it would make it harder for people to give a description of me since it would depend on which side of the car you were looking at....

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@jimeezlady: And this is why deals.woot is better than almost any other forum out there. If you can't find someone here with the answer to your question, it might not be out there.

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@cf: They are different pieces and the 2 center ones are easy to find. (The BMW logo inner cap is the easiest) The outermost ring (in gold) is where you have a problem... If you have the time and patience, you could eventually find them in an online auction. Honestly if you are willing to "settle" for something that isn't exact I would find the same centers in silver/chrome/brushed aluminum (whichever finish matches the outer rim the closest) and then just match the paint color and paint that outer section by hand. Hubby has a '90 E30 325is and his center caps are missing too... LOL

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@jimeezlady: That is a thought to paint them. Of course since the tire shop is paying, I am trying to find the right ones. The previous owners of the car (relatives) will be sad but this is not my fault. : )

It is especially annoying because they must be lying by the side of the road somewhere although they may have gotten squished.

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@zuiquan: You are so right. I wish I had thought to ask a couple of weeks ago. Wooters are awesome.

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@cf: I'm flying blind here without the year/model or pics...LOL But I believe the style of wheels you have are called "Basket Weave" and you will need to measure the center caps in MM rather than inches. The center caps will have different diameters based on your wheel size.... Try contacting these guys: http://www.bavauto.com/se1.asp?dept_id=329 at the very least they might be able to give you some ideas.

You aren't alone in your search...I found quite a few forums with BMW owners looking for the same part. http://www.bmw2002faq.com/component/option,com_forum/Itemid,0/page,viewtopic/p,355107/highlight,/sid,8aa4ee96b5d87f7951a5c90b7c4a2222/

Another possibility would be to find them with the BBS, Porsche or other Make center button then order the BMW logo and replace it.

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Hee hee hee! At $17.48, maybe I should get some genuine BMW hubcaps to put on my Scion! On clearance at the above-mentioned Bavarian Autosports site, part number 36 13 1 093 324

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@nltobergta: I use LKQ and they usually beat out my employee prices at neighboring dealerships

@rroberto: Rock auto is pretty good too, I just don't always have a lot of faith in all the parts they carry. I'm thinking of buying their parts for the A/C before I sell my car...

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@jimeezlady: Well, the other problem is that the car is supposed to have 15" tires but has 16" tires. When I enter the year and model of my car, web sites will come up with the "correct" options not the actual options. It is a 1994 but I think that some parts are still somewhat interchangeable. Aside from this pain in the neck business, it is cheaper to maintain than my Infiniti was.

Anyway ... I sent an email off to bavauto this morning. They may not be open today but I figure the more email I send out, the better the odds are.

Thank you so much for all your help, I really appreciate it!

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@75grandville: I think that would be very funny.

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On the wheel itself there will be a part number. For some odd reason, it's not the real part number that people go by. But you can use that number to find the real number. There are a few sites that will have this info, and pictures of the wheels. But no site has all the part numbers, or all the wheels, so be prepared for a little frustration. And a lot of research. Save all you find, it comes in handy.
Those are multi piece parts. Therefore, you can take them apart. Therefore, take just those four mismatched parts of the parts, and respray them. NOW they match!
I have a BMW. I do rockauto a lot. You need to know what and why before you get there. Especially with parts, the diff brands of replacement parts are very varied. Uro branded parts are very cheap, for a reason, so if you get these get spares. Lemforders are a good product for a good price.
For some odd reason BMW owners like to change their wheels.
Two miles? Delete your spare and replace it with a couple fix-a-flats.

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Sadly, I have received no replies from my half-dozen or so inquiries. This is so annoying. Why can't the rest of the world be as awesome as wooters are?

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There are millions of places and sources from where you can get car parts but when it comes to good quality parts there are only few. I’ve bought parts from few online stores and the best store I dealt with is http://www.iautobodyparts.com/shop_by_part_category.html because here I got all the parts in great condition with warranty. So you can have a look in here if you want.

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Thanks for all of the responses. I think I may just have to buy new wheels -- no one seems to have the covers anymore.

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