in which Tegger writes:
Before you buy from these "online" places, phone around to various
dealerships in your area with the part number or part description, and
get prices. You may find that a local dealership is competitive once
shipping is factored into the online price.
Good advice: I recently learned a lesson on this. It cost me $90 bucks
to have an exhaust Pipe B shipped--weird shape & oversize jacks up the
shipping. Had I considered that in advance... Anyhow, given that I'm in
Manhattan with a dealer that charges top dollar for parts and labor,
whether it would have been cheaper from them is questionable.
I have learned recently that dealer prices in the NYC area vary widely
as well, e.g., something that Metro Honda (Jersey City) charges $0.81
for Hudson Honda (North Bergen?) charges only $0.56. Also, Metro Honda
charges $2.64 for the same part that Honda of Essex charges only $2.02.
I was at my local dealership today and I found more markup evidence.
There was an invoice from the dealership to a garage nearby that buys a lot
of stuff from this dealer. It was upside down, but I managed to memorize it
Part#: 35770-SEC-A01 (SW/PWR RR)
Actual price: $65.96
So the garage got a 20% discount. I normally get 10%, and got 10% today.
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