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Old 07-15-2017, 07:01 AM
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Order car parts for our cars this week, rotors, tie rods, struts, amazon was slightly more on the part but with free 2 day shipping on most parts the final costs was less than rockauto with shipping. That got me thinking as I have always used rockauto previously and agree they have better deals on specialized parts than anywhere else, except you get crushed on shipping. With customer service parts stores (Advance,autozone) basically non existencesent except Napa, and a local independent shop, I was thinking if Amazon acquired rockauto and had the Prime free same day and 2 day shipping could Amazon own a big sector of the auto parts market.

I pretty much do all my research online now with part numbers as dealing with the stores and over the phone is miserable.
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I hope not, not sure I want the world owned by Walmart, Apple, Amazon and Google. Even though it looks like we are headed that way. I'm a big fan of Rockauto.
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Amazon already has a significant portion of the total parts market. Exponentially larger market share than rock auto. Until they have local delivery within 1 to 2 hours in all markets, not just the big ones, there will be a place for brick and mortar's.

Hey huge percentage of the total market is local service shops, who depend on almost immediate delivery of parts. The same local shops also heavily rely own service parts consignments (think oil and air filter's, shop supplies, etc.).
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Professionals are not gonna wait for parts..they want them delivered NOW. And what if the parts are wrong? Expensive uncommon stuff, probably order online IF the cost savings is significant. What about the cores?
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Amazon already has a significant portion of the total parts market. Exponentially larger market share than rock auto. Until they have local delivery within 1 to 2 hours in all markets, not just the big ones, there will be a place for brick and mortar's.

Hey huge percentage of the total market is local service shops, who depend on almost immediate delivery of parts. The same local shops also heavily rely own service parts consignments (think oil and air filter's, shop supplies, etc.).
This. Shops are not going to wait, there will always be a place for brick and mortar.

As for rockauto I have found them to be hit or miss on their parts with regards to quality. I have gotten more than a few rotors and drums that were warped right out of the box.
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It is not just the pro shops. You also have the shade tree mechanic who usually makes multiple trips to the auto parts store before they finish a job. Without a brick and mortar, a Sunday job might stretch out into a week or more.
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I like Rockauto. Got a new alternator from them yesterday for $109 shipped lifetime warranty.

All my local stores wanted $222+ for a reman.
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Originally Posted by Snoozin View Post
I like Rockauto. Got a new alternator from them yesterday for $109 shipped lifetime warranty.

All my local stores wanted $222+ for a reman.
$5 says new = Chinese aftermarket. In that case, new is often substandard quality to reman. That's not to say that they will not honor the warranty, but the pain in the ass factor could easily negate it's worth.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
$5 says new = Chinese aftermarket. In that case, new is often substandard quality to reman. That's not to say that they will not honor the warranty, but the pain in the ass factor could easily negate it's worth.
Ding ding ding - winner

I use rockauto and not knocking on them but you hit the nail on the head.
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Originally Posted by Jersus View Post
Ding ding ding - winner

I use rockauto and not knocking on them but you hit the nail on the head.
I'm in the alternator business. I see Chinese junk turned in every day as cores. It is absolutely amazing how poorly made some of it is. Often times they weigh a pound or more pound less than an oe unit.
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I've bought some stuff at Rock Auto and they are good, but you gotta pick and choose. Water pumps, timing belts and things of the like should come from OEM.

Belts, filters, pads, etc....NAPA all the way. They are tremendously better than advance and auto zone.

Wal Mart is the only place to get oil though.
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It was mentioned this week that Amazon was inquiring on buying Advance Auto Parts. As with whole foods they want the brick and mortar locations.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
I'm in the alternator business. I see Chinese junk turned in every day as cores. It is absolutely amazing how poorly made some of it is. Often times they weigh a pound or more pound less than an oe unit.
I'm absolutely not disagreeing, but seems Remanufacturers listen to the used bearings with a stethoscope, and reuse the quiet ones. The remanned parts the rebuilders use are also probably Chinese, just like the "new" crap Rock auto sells.
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Originally Posted by FoReel View Post
It was mentioned this week that Amazon was inquiring on buying Advance Auto Parts. As with whole foods they want the brick and mortar locations.
I could easily see that working well. Amazon seems to be shifting towards a direct distribution model in some areas of their structure. This would work well with their existing distribution network, and fill in the gap in terms of volume that would be needed to justify running their own routes.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
$5 says new = Chinese aftermarket. In that case, new is often substandard quality to reman. That's not to say that they will not honor the warranty, but the pain in the ass factor could easily negate it's worth.
Box said "Made in America" Need my address for the $?
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Originally Posted by Snoozin View Post
Box said "Made in America" Need my address for the $?
Very curious. What was it for? Did it have a brand name on the box?
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Originally Posted by Snoozin View Post
Box said "Made in America" Need my address for the $?
The box probably was made in America. Did the alternator have a origin sticker on it?
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Originally Posted by CLM65 View Post
The box probably was made in America. Did the alternator have a origin sticker on it?
This.
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Originally Posted by NCSUboater View Post
Wal Mart is the only place to get oil though.
Kinda like their "tires"? I'll stick with OEM or name brand auto stores. But, that's just me.
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Originally Posted by Shag View Post
Kinda like their "tires"? I'll stick with OEM or name brand auto stores. But, that's just me.
You can. But if Wal Mart sells Rotella for $13 a gallon, and Castrol for $16, I'm not paying $24 and $26, respectively, at advance or auto zone.

But that's just me.


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