Question About Buying Parts

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by teem, Jan 3, 2007.

  1. teem

    teem Guest

    Will most dealers sell parts to a customer without them installing
    them?.i'm trying to save some $$$.
    teem, Jan 3, 2007
  2. All dealers have a parts counter. Just walk in and buy what you want!

    David Teichholtz, Jan 3, 2007
  3. teem

    Doug Miller Guest

    Every car dealer I've ever tried to buy parts from has been perfectly willing
    to sell them to me.
    Doug Miller, Jan 3, 2007
  4. teem

    Oppie Guest

    And some of the parts counter folks will even give some technical tips and
    be willing to print out guides for you.
    There are some replacement parts (I have it on good authority) like sensors
    that are better to get from the dealer than aftermarket. When I went to
    replace my mass-flow induction sensor, I was going to get aftermarket. A
    friend who is a professional independant mechanic told me "no way", to get
    only OEM parts. He had used aftermarket largely and found problems so always
    swears by OEM dealer parts.
    Oppie, Jan 3, 2007
  5. I've never heard of any exceptions, certainly. Have you tried asking

    -- Mark
    Mark T.B. Carroll, Jan 3, 2007
  6. teem

    SMS Guest

    I have a relative who is an independent mechanic. He sometimes gets
    customers bringing him "lifetime warranty" parts to install, such as
    alternators. He warns the customer that the part is a piece of crap, and
    that every time it needs to be exchanged under warranty that the
    customer will pay labor charges for him to take it out and reinstall the
    new one. Inevitably, the customer winds up paying far more by using
    non-OEM parts. I'd never buy non-OEM engine control components. Pay the
    extra for OEM.
    SMS, Jan 3, 2007
  7. teem

    Oppie Guest

    Then there's the catch 22 of buying something like a body control module
    from a junkyard. It won't work in the new vehicle unless it is reprogrammed
    (as I have heard) and the dealers are the only ones that have the machine to
    do the reprograming. Many will flatly refuse to connect their Tech II to any
    system with used controllers.
    Oppie, Jan 3, 2007
  8. teem

    teem Guest

    thanks guys,i tend to make a mountain out of a pimple.I just have
    these wild thoughts of the partsman saying something like:''You know
    how to do this?'',or,''This should be done by qualified personnel''.I
    wnt to get those broken front end pieces on my Ion changed since the
    weathers been cooperating.i was told I need 3 parts,& the one goes
    from the corner of the car up,around the wheel well,if i dont need
    it,I dont buy it.Thanks again.
    teem, Jan 4, 2007
  9. teem

    Doug Miller Guest

    In 30+ years of buying parts at dealerships, I've *never* been asked or told
    anything like that.
    Doug Miller, Jan 4, 2007
  10. A tip: If you can, bring in the old part. Put it on the counter and say: "
    I want one of these". They will ask a few questions and then you can match
    the new one to the old one when they go in the back and bring out the new
    David Teichholtz, Jan 5, 2007
  11. teem

    Doug Miller Guest

    LOL -- the first one often is "Okayyyyyy.... what is it?"

    Better have an answer ready.
    Doug Miller, Jan 5, 2007
  12. teem

    Private Guest

    As others have said, any dealer will be happy to sell most if not all parts
    to anybody with money. Some jurisdictions restrict some items like airbags
    but YMMV.

    The real trick is to avoid paying full retail price. Dealers will give
    often very substantial discounts to those 'in the trade', this is an area
    where there are major $$ to be saved. If you have the knowledge to carry it
    off it is often sufficient to say that you are working on a customers car
    and want the repairman's or garage discount. If you need a lot of
    handholding then you will more likely be expected to pay full retail. If
    you know enough to carry this off, you probably already have experience and
    know what approach works best in your area. Sometimes it is best to have a
    friend 'in the trade' buy or order the parts for you.

    Good luck.
    Private, Jan 6, 2007
  13. teem

    teem Guest

    Yea,how do you know you're getting a deal.Unfortunetly,the 2-3 parts I
    need are still attached to the Ion.That's another issue,getting the
    broken parts off.
    teem, Jan 6, 2007
  14. teem

    BläBlä Guest

    Long thread so I'll just add this for reference. If you're not in a
    hurry you can buy online for less than what a dealership will charge.

    For GM (excluding saturn...) there are 3 good sites for referencing OEM
    parts and prices

    Shipping and time aside the prices for those OEM parts are hard to beat.

    Unfortunately Saturn isnt part of the regular GM parts network so for
    Saturn you can try

    And last but not least
    BläBlä, Jan 7, 2007
  15. teem

    teem Guest

    Thanks for the heads up!.
    teem, Jan 8, 2007
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