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Old 11/11/17, 08:35 AM   #1
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Auto parts store preference

As a general rule, is one auto parts store a better source for EB replacement parts than the others? All or most of the national chains have stores in my area.
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Old 11/11/17, 08:46 AM   #2
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Depends on what parts. Some parts I would only get from our vendors. For anything else I use napa or summit.
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Old 11/11/17, 08:55 AM   #3
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I always just search until I find the store that has it in stock...straight six parts are not as readily available as 302 stuff

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Old 11/11/17, 09:12 AM   #4
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I've had some places where Advanced Auto did good. Typically I do Orielly. But the old NAPA can do good when others fail. Couple of times I needed a belt just the right length and only NAPA could deliver. But generally costs the most. If I really know exactly what I want, shop rockauto. But you have to watch shipping. Amazon can get me a lot of parts with free shipping. But you need to know what you want. Shop part numbers. Summit is good if over$100.

edit- Generic parts. Vender for a Bronco specific item. Thankfully those are fairly minimal. It is amazing how many service parts are generic and can be found at most supply houses. Items like a turn signal lens, that is a bronco vender item. But the bulb behind that is a parts store item.

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Old 11/11/17, 09:29 AM   #5
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Typically, WH's, O'Reilly's, NAPA, and Summit in no particular order. Tom's is a close 2nd to WH's, but have bought from the Graveyard and Duff's depending on the Product.

Kind of depends on what the parts is... to determine where I go

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Old 11/11/17, 09:29 AM   #6
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Summit, Napa and auto zone if the others don't have it.

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Old 11/11/17, 11:13 AM   #7
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Sometimes who is behind the counter makes all the difference
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Old 11/11/17, 12:19 PM   #8
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Sometimes who is behind the counter makes all the difference
True That, as my son says...

With the exception of most of the Bronco Vendors...

Sometimes with my 56 years of Living, I know more about what I need than the guy who is paid to know behind that counter.

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Old 11/11/17, 12:29 PM   #9
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Auto parts store preference

I do most of my shopping online and narrow it down to a store nearby, usually Autozone or NAPA. When I go I’m prepared with part numbers and prices from the website.

That way I can just give the pimple faced kid behind the counter the part number. He doesn’t have to say “Is that a full size Bronco or a Bronco II?” and spend 10 minutes searching...

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Old 11/11/17, 12:58 PM   #10
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I go to NAPA so often that they know me by name (my wife thinks my going there is like Norm walking into Cheers). But a really nice thing about that is they give me a shop discount on almost all of my purchases (an argument for going to one place rather than bouncing between many).

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Old 11/11/17, 01:55 PM   #11
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I typically do Autozone. My experience has been that it's more relevant to find someone that's knowledgeable and / or into Broncos because its typically not an easy search and find for parts.

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Old 11/11/17, 02:31 PM   #12
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....My experience has been that it's more relevant to find someone that's knowledgeable and / or into Broncos because its typically not an easy search and find for parts.
Good point. Decades ago I went to Champion because the local store employed people who knew what they were talking about. In contrast the local Big Wheel (the other chain that was really near-by) seemed to employ the people that got fired from McDonalds. But then that Champion closed (they lost their lease due to urban renewal) and the next closest Champion seemed to hire the people that Big Wheel fired

I don't know that either of those chains are still around (they aren't near me). But the point is that if you find a store with good people, that's huge.

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Old 11/11/17, 04:23 PM   #13
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Advance Auto Parts has lately been offering 30% off online in my area with free delivery and a rewards program. The rewards has been if you spend over $30 you get $5 off your next purchase over $20. The rewards stacks with the 30% off code.
Bought an oil pump, motor mounts, starter solenoid, disc brakes, etc all on separate orders to roll the rewards.
If I need something today O'Reillys seems to be lowest price. They haven't got a clue about the part you should buy.

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Old 11/12/17, 05:42 AM   #14
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I have an advance auto right down the street and buy much of my stuff on line. Good for a minimum 15% off and I can pick it up at the store if it is in stock. Plus the speed Perks gets me another $5 off $20. Need a battery for the lawn tractor? Look it up at advanced auto, see what is in stock, buy with the discount and drive down and pick it up. My guys there are pretty good about chasing parts too. I was trying to figure out a rotor I had on the back of my bronco with welded on brackets for conversion so it could have been anything. It was likely one of a few possibilities I could identify based on my internet search. They said "Bring it down and we will compare what is in stock and see if we can find it".

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Old 11/12/17, 10:13 AM   #15
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I like to buy my parts from wherever the auto repair businesses get theirs. Those guys hate come-backs because of sub-standard parts.
Most of the time that means going to CARQUEST or NAPA.

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