Royal Smart Person
- Jan 2, 2006
Having that employee discount makes a huge difference as well. Some people are too lazy to do all the comparison shopping. Which is fine. If I'm looking for a bolt, and don't care who makes it, I'll try a few places and buy where I think it's the best value, not necessarily the lowest price. But if I'm looking at say, a GM bolt in the GM package, I'll search the LOWEST FINAL cost I can find, including rebates, cost match, drive time, shipping options, everything. Part won't care how much I spend on it. For example, Summit has pretty good prices for example, but if you aren't buying 100 bucks worth of parts, you will get dinged for shipping. Or you stumble upon something on ebay with free shipping. Buy it now price less than anywhere else on earth. Click. It's now yours. Just make sure you check all the little hidden costs/tax, etc. to make an apples to apples comparison.I run every part# through Amazon, for comparison. If it's STOCKED and SHIPPED through Amazon, it's almost always cheaper than the competition. Here's the deal... You, and Me, can sell on Amazon, as 3rd party sellers. My price on VR1 oil, is NOT going to be as cheap as Amazon's, and MY oil will not qualify for Prime's " free shipping ", because I'm a 3rd party seller. So any item that is STOCKED and SHIPPED through Amazon will qualify for Prime's free shipping. Almost guaranteed to be cheapest option. I am a Prime member. Now, add in my Amazon Employee discount, and I got the upper hand on ALOT of purchases. I'm also a huge JEGS supporter. They carry items that Amazon does not. They send me MANY discount offers. They also " price match ", and offer free shipping over $99. So, I wait until I have $99 worth of stuff in " My Cart " and then use my discount offer, and as most of you know... That's how I do it. So as stated above, in a previous post, do the math, Google your part #'s, and you may be surprised how far you can stretch that dollar. I'll end this on a Positive note for Rock Auto... they sell Mopar parts. So that water pump I needed for my Hemi Ram, was $220 at the dealer. NOT!! I started looking around... the same Mopar part # on Rock Auto was $140 = SOLD.
Rockauto has clearance items sometimes you just can't beat. For example, I bought some ACDelco parts a few years ago they wanted gone. 1986 Olds V8 Oil fill caps #22531828. Clearanced at 1.29 EACH with 30 day warranty. Came in the Delco/GM box and everything. I bought all 12 of them. I think it was just a tad over 20 bucks including the shipping. Sold one on ebay and got all my money back and then some, and still have 11 essentially free caps. Simple math. Plus being in the right place at the right time.
And what was it...a couple years ago, I think it was on here somewhere that someone said Rockauto was selling LOF or PPG rear glass for the G-body on clearance. I want to say it was less than 100 bucks, but wasn't much more if it wasn't. Screaming deal and it was tinted with the rear grid defogger for 85 and earlier. Those didn't last long.
EDIT: Found the receipt. With shipping it was 166 and change. 105 for the part. Still a helluva deal. GM p/n 20358212. Yikes, that was 3 years ago.
You still can benefit by shopping around. Today's "shopping" is a whole lot better than it used to be. In the days before interwebz, you used to have to wait for the latest catalog or Hemming's to get the latest pricing or parts out there, or get shocked when you ordered crap on the phone and were told the price was higher than expected. You could comparison shop, but it would take you a month usually. Now you can spend an hour or two and come up with some of the lowest pricing in general after shopping 40 different places.