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If you type ‘car parts’ into Google it will return with 495,000,000 results which will take months if not years to sift through. Searching online for your automotive needs doesn’t have to be a hassle, it can in fact be a smooth journey and even quite enjoyable. Here is a 10 step guide to searching online for your automotive needs.

1. Search terms

The first part to searching online for your automotive needs is being a bit more descriptive about what you’re looking for. There’s no point typing in ‘exhaust for Fiat Punto’ as Google can come up with hundreds of thousands of results. Try being a bit more definitive as to what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for an exhaust for a Fiat Punto 1.2 active then type that all in. The more information you give Google or any other search engine, the better the results.

2. Using quote marks

If you still aren’t finding what you’re looking for, try putting your keywords into quotation marks e.g. “exhaust for Fiat Punto”. This strategy tells Google that you only want it to look for the words or exact phrase that is inside the quotation marks.

3. Search within a specific site

If you want to search for a car part within a specific website but you don’t know where to start looking then you can use search engines to looking for you. In Google you can type in site: (insert website address) This will return results found only within the specific website that you asked the search engine to look within.

4. Either or

You can ask Google to search for more than one phrase in the same search. If you type in: “Fiat headlight” OR “Fiat rear light” Google will find you results that include either one term or the other. By including ‘OR’ you will narrow down your search results and increase your chance of finding what you’re looking for.

5. Use Google’s advanced search

Still not finding what you’re looking for? Try Google Advanced Search this will allow you to type in every single box e.g. date, website, search phrase and give you a specific result. This is advised for those who know what they’re looking for and just can’t find it or it’s the longer option to the above shortcuts e.g. ‘OR’

6. Use Google products

So you’re looking for a specific car part? Try clicking on Google Shopping on the tab at the top of the screen, or have you found the product you want from a website you trust but you don’t know how to get there – click on Google Maps and type in the address.

7. Search by date and relevance

Did you read an article on your mate’s computer last month and you can’t remember what the article was called or you know what the article was called but you can’t remember the magazine? Well by typing in the specific phrase and using the above guidelines so far and also using Google’s option of searching by date on the left hand bar you can search within the past day, week, month year and so on.

8. Cache websites

If you are looking for a specific piece of information about Fiat Punto exhausts for example, sometimes it can be submerged in a long web page and what you thought you were clicking on from the Google Search results page, you can’t seem to find on the website. By clicking on the Cached link, Google will show you a snapshot of the webpage that is stored on their server with your keyword highlighted in order for you to find exactly where to go on that specific website to obtain the information you’re looking for.

9. Spelling mistakes

Google will correct you if you have made a spelling mistake. If you have searched for ‘Fiat Punto Axhorst’ instead of ‘Exhaust’ Google will ask if you meant to look for ‘Fiat Punto Exhaust’. You can then click on this link and it will take you to what you were previously looking for without the spelling mistake.

10. A few extras

This symbol ~ will also search related words so if you put “Fiat Punto ~exhaust” it will find search related words to exhaust. The hyphen (-) if put before a word will exclude it from the search so if you want to look for ‘Fiat Punto exhaust’ but don’t want to know anything about cheap exhausts then your search would look like: “Fiat Punto exhaust –cheap” Searching online for your automotive needs doesn’t have to be stressful task. By using the above 10 step guide to searching online for your automotive needs you will be cruising around the internet finding all sorts of car parts, facts and figures in no time at all.

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