I need a distributor for a 1999 accord V6.
Any reliable online sites? Local places are looking to get $500 for
I found a couple but of site but even though I picked the car and 3.0
engine the results kept coming up with a 2.3 distributor.
Try Rockauto.com. I've bought from them several times. Great prices & super
fast shipping. Excellent return policy. Checked your part. Goes for $230
plus a $75 core charge. Their shipping is reasonable as well.
Hey, Ray, I've had GREAT success buying from Ebay. Just looked at a
dist(link below) that should fit, shipping is about $11.50, starting price
is at $10 with 1day left, and NO BIDS as yet. I'd email seller for part
#--seems like you can often find out a bit about seller by how he answers
your questions. Seller has only 7 feedbacks, but ALL positive, giving him
100% rating. HTH, s
General info on returning cores is found under the "Returns" link on
the RockAuto.com home page
. Here is a directlink to the cores info:
RockAuto customers return cores every day by clicking on the "Order
Status" link on the RockAuto home page and entering their order number
to get core return instructions for their specific part(s). It is true
that some cores are valuable and worth returning and some cores are not
worth the shipping cost.
Maybe you were looking at prices on a chain store web site rather than
RockAuto.com. A site like Autozone.com will usually not have prices
lower than the prices available at their local store fronts.
For many parts RockAuto's prices aren't slightly lower but $20 or $100
lower! RockAuto prices are especially competitive on products by A1
The RockAuto.com home page includes a price comparison demonstrating
RockAuto's lower prices. RockAuto's price for a part is compared to
prices at JCWhitney (aka carparts.com), Autozone, NAPA, CSK brand
franchises, etc. The RockAuto price is the regular price, not a
special sale price created for this comparison.
I am certainly biased because RockAuto.com supports my family, but I
truly enjoy shopping for auto parts and many other products online.
RockAuto's catalog lets people jump behind the auto parts store counter
and see all the choices available. Haven't you wondered what is on the
computer screens and in the big paper parts catalogs behind the auto
parts store counter? Haven't you ever been dismissed by a clerk who
says a part is no longer available when in fact he just doesn't know
where to look for it or he doesn't want to take the time? There are
certainly some knowledgeable, professional counter people out there.
RockAuto Customer Service has some great former counter people who no
longer wanted to earn minimum wage at a chain store. But why waste gas
driving to a chain store and then waste time lurking in the back of the
store until the "good" counter person is available.
Yes the chain store might have a cork Fel-Pro oil pan gasket on the
shelf, but will even a good clerk take the time to tell you there is
also a Fel-Pro oil pan gasket made out of silicone with a metal core
that will actually seal up your oil pan? Will he tell you about
gaskets made by other manufacturers? Will he even tell you about the
oil pan gasket choices that might be sitting in his own warehouse?
Even if you have ties to the local chain store, before you drive there
do some research using the RockAuto.com catalog so you know what parts
choices are available and what is a reasonable price range. Who wants
to change an oil pan gasket two or three times.
It is also just plain fun to see all the parts available for your
vehicles. Ever wonder if you could build your car from scratch? Does
the local chain store have a new fender, a remanufactured engine
computer, a catalytic converter, or new carpet for your old truck? How
about custom lime green carpet?
RockAuto's prices are usually lower partly because the parts ship
directly from warehouse or manufacturer. Even with shipping charges on
heavy parts like brake rotors or exhaust, RockAuto's prices are less
more often than not. Why pay for a parts manufacturer to ship parts to
a warehouse and then pay for the warehouse to ship the parts to a low
volume store front? You are kidding yourself if you think you aren't
paying for the chain store to ship parts to their store front.
Why make multiple trips to the store front? For even medium sized
repairs you would usually have to get very lucky to find the right
parts on the shelf on the first trip. Go online and put together a list
of all the parts you need and have the FedEx or UPS person deliver
those parts to your door within a few days. Many regions of the
country get parts delivered in one or two days using regular ground
In article ,
I have to agree with him here... I haven't bought anything from rockauto
but their website has served to be good reference in checking part
numbers, getting extra info, seeing how many brands offer something, etc.
I also use napa's, motorcraft's, and autozone's websites for the same
And I also have to agree with him on counter people vs. online. There is
a mirror glass that I probably should order from them, just haven't
gotten around to it. Counterpeople have been a pain trying to get this
not-regularly stocked doorman part. HAd previously ordered another brand
from carparts.com and that brand had their application guide all fubar.
(carparts did all they could to fix the issue and it wasn't their fault)
The mirror glass I needed and the mirror glass for a contour shared the
same part number even though were totally different. The
customer rep at manufacturer of the mirror glass couldn't even grasp the
issue even with highlighted portions of their application guide and
That said, I still prefer a well stocked store... problem is most now
practice just-too-late inventory systems. And now the motorcraft
distributor I go to has closed the counter at their wearhouse.... I am
now at the mercy of their stores' inventory.
As a VERY satisfied customer of Rock Auto I have to agree with the
above. The local parts stores (2 NAPAs, 3 AutoZones, 2 Advance, 2 Parts
Plus, 1 Fisher Auto, 1 Car Quest) seem to have problems hiring more than
one person who knows the products and is actually willing to help. The
AZ and Advance stores are becoming more like accessory stores than true
parts stores. The two local store I go to a lot have folks who either
own the store or have been there since it was built. The other stores
don't seem to think that hiring the local college kids is good business.
Then they complain about low sales. I wonder if it could be the fact
that they usually have no idea what to do if the computer doesn't list
an item could be part of the problem. Or that when you ask them
questions about a part you just get a blank stare.
The only thing I would like to see (maybe it's there but I missed it) is
a specialty tools section where you can buy those oddball tools that you
sometimes need to do a particular job. Not everyone has a good tool
dealer nearby OR the desire to hunt down the Snap-On man on a Saturday
I just purchased 2 window lift motors(saved$33 over AZ and
Advanced),fuel pump, same cost but never heard of AZs Master brand (got
Carter) and a parking light assembly (AZ and Avanced couldn't or
wouldn't order) Got parts in 3 days and shipping was only $15. from
Rockauto- and everything was correct and new-not reman.
No, not at all. You just need to know what your doing.
Some parts you do need to do this - parts that are poorly documented
by the manufacturer, or by the aftermarket provider, for example.
Mail order works when the part is high dollar, small, and specific. It
doesen't work well when the part is very low value, like a gasket for a
water pump or a $5 formed water hose, etc.
It doesnt make sense if you want a radiator cap, or some other such part
locally and cheaply available.
When you consider that not everybody lives within the USA and parts for
cars are not universally available at a FLAPS, they do make sense.
I have ordered ignition modules, rotors, pads, and a number of other parts
cars while living overseas. It literally saved me thousands, and I never
got a bad part
nor one which was not correct for the application.
Also, I have ordered from JC Whitney from time to time when there were items
stocked locally (such as the rear antisway bar for my van), and never got a
Their parts come from name brand manufacturers for the most part and I never
got a bad
I ordered my Bilstein shocks online for the same reasons. Availability and
There are definitely reasons for online orders.
well you left out the parking lamp assembly which
would normally be a dealer item at what I'm sure would have cost a lot
more than what I paid and about the time,this was a project car for my
son,the car was being painted so time was not an issue.
absolutely agree with you: "One advantage to online buying, is getting
the part, if you can't find anything locally, or don't have a FLAP
i'm a salesman of a trading company from China. i'am always viewing the
auto store online. and found their prices are higher than imagine,
commonly 3times higher than the prices for the manufacturers (of course
different manufacturers give different prices.) as the salesman in a
trading company in China. i'm quite clear about the prices and the
quality, infact most of the auto parts in your car are MADE-IN-CHINA.
"the local store
of auto parts like AZ etc. always complaining about bad business." i
feel quite intelligible to them, but even bad business their profit are
still quite high.
i cann't understand why you guys repair your car yourself. iin China
most people put their car in garage (never it's small or big.) they
will help you buy the items need replace, and give you right prices...
if anyone dealing with auto parts and want to import auto parts from
China, and sell in your domestic market, please contact me. expecting
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Because a) it's simply too expensive to pay a mechanic and b) it's hard
to find a good one.
Note that I'm not disputing the fairness of the average mechanic's pay -
only stating that I can't afford it on a regular basis.