What do I do if I have a car whose maker is not selling cars in the US any longer?
Many companies that leave the US market maintain parts warehouses to support their customers for awhile, but their inventories do tend to shrink after time. Examples are Fiat, Daihatsu, Peugeot, and Alfa-Romeo.
Others, like British Leyland, now Rover Cars, has contracted with several independent importers to warehouse factory parts in the US, through their “British Heritage” division. (We stock a pretty good assortment of the MG/TR parts, including things that were originally “dealer parts.”) And then there’s the Yugo, where the whole country was discontinued (there’s an embargo against any exports from what is left of Yugoslavia), which fortunately were made from Fiat tooling and are similar enough to Fiat 128s that most parts will interchange; and many of the parts were made outside of Yugoslavia.
There are independent specialty importers who source parts in Europe for many of the orphans. (Japanese orphans are pretty much dependent on the factory warehouses.) We deal with some of these, and may be able to refer you to someone, if we don’t have the item ourselves.