Author Topic: Auto parts price variences  (Read 716 times)

Offline wilcom

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Auto parts price variences
« on: August 31, 2019, 02:10:43 PM »
Lately I've noticed a large swing in pricing of auto parts.

At 110,000 miles it's past time for a timing belt/water pump on my 2007 Subaru Forester. If I hurry and get it installed it will be the "first ever" timing belt I've replaced with the other one still in one piece!

I started with the local chainstores:

Napa....... best I could do there was $296.
Autozone.......$318 best there

Then I went to Rock Auto(where I usually end up)

Rock Auto had the kit for $176 + shipping......lets try one more place. I took the Rock Auto part number and put it into Amazon.

Bingo, Amazon had it for $104 & free shipping.( it is setting next to me as I type, got it in 2 days) It sure pays to shop even when the price seems fair.

The $176 at RA did seem fair. Timing belt, new tensioner, water pump, all the idlers and gaskets and oil seals. I could have stopped there, but I went the next step and put another $80 in my pocket.... now, if I can just get the darn thing on before the pistons eat my valves!!
« Last Edit: September 01, 2019, 07:20:09 AM by wilcom »
Joe Wilkerson
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Menifee, CA

Present:
1984 BMW R65LS "Herr Head"
1982 BMW R65LS 
past:
1979 R65
1980 R65
1982 R80RT
1974 R90/6
1972 R75
1964 R50/2
19xx R27
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Offline Frank I

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Re: Auto parts price variences
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2019, 02:30:42 PM »
I had the same experience with the fuel pump for my truck. $200 swing in price.

Offline tiggum

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Re: Auto parts price variences
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2019, 06:24:23 AM »
That's amazing!  Thank you for letting us know.

Offline Tony Smith

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Re: Auto parts price variences
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2019, 03:13:52 AM »
I loved the Subaru vehicles i owned. Learnt very quickly that you buy nothing from Subaru.
1978 R100RS| 1981 R100RS (JPS) | 1984 R65 | 1992 KLE500 | 2002 R1150GSA |

Offline Justin B.

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Re: Auto parts price variences
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2019, 10:43:00 AM »
Normally, Rock Auto has the best pricing anywhere.

The only Subaru I've had was a 1971 4 door crackerbox.  Looked like one of the old boxy Fiats.  I thrashed it to death and then my Dad drove it for years after I went into the Army and finally just rotted out from salt.
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Offline wilcom

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Re: Auto parts price variences
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2019, 10:57:56 AM »
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Normally, Rock Auto has the best pricing anywhere.

The only Subaru I've had was a 1971 4 door crackerbox..

This one is a hold over from when I lived in the mountains at 7500ft altitude. A lot of days in the winter they wouldn't let you in or out without chains or 4wd. The Highway Patrol would block the road, so if you wanted to go home, you complied or it was "motel time" 48 miles from home.... arrrrgh
« Last Edit: September 03, 2019, 12:21:03 PM by wilcom »
Joe Wilkerson
Telephone man with a splash of Data
Menifee, CA

Present:
1984 BMW R65LS "Herr Head"
1982 BMW R65LS 
past:
1979 R65
1980 R65
1982 R80RT
1974 R90/6
1972 R75
1964 R50/2
19xx R27
ZX-11

Offline Bob_Roller

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Re: Auto parts price variences
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2019, 11:12:39 AM »
I went to the local BMW auto dealer for an oil filter for my Z3, also needed a fuel filter, the last fuel filter I purchased in 2010, was around $25US, this time $133US !!!!

Did a serch on Amazon, $25US with free shipping, this was the same OEM MANN filter the dealer had .

Needless to say, I'll do my best to stay out of the dealer from now on .

Just got done ordering five oil filters, three air filters and two fuel filters, all OEM filters for about the same price of one fuel filter from the dealer .

Good on filters for 10 -12 years now .
« Last Edit: November 16, 2019, 11:27:43 AM by Bob_Roller »
'81 R65
'82 R65 LS ?
'84 R65 LS
'87 Moto Guzzi V65 Lario
'02 R1150R
Riding all year long since 1993 .
I'll give up my R65, when they pry my cold dead hands from the handlebars !!!!!