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agesilaus

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Posted: 06/20/21 09:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Rock Auto is another good source.

I use RA for parts but they are slower on delivery, takes 4 or 5 days at the minimum. I have never had Amazon switch parts on me, but yes they sell cheap asian stuff like the $25 filter I mentioned. Caveat Emptor


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I stopped using aftermarket (NAPA) fuel filters and only buy the OEM AC/Delco brand after an issue with my 5500. Perhaps they are all the same and it don't really matter (although the dealer claimed it did) but it makes me feel better.


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Majority of automotive products I've purchased from dealership, independent, on-line, etc has 'Made in China' on the box these days...

But...there are knockoffs and haven't been able to tell...yet and agree with your filtering of Amazon's offerings

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I have found any of the local chain auto part stores way to expensive for oil, sometimes filters can be purchased on sale or with a discount coupon. It's tough to beat Walmart for items like this and they have quality brands of oil OEM filters on the shelf.


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I called the local RV parts store for a roof AC gasket and was quoted $39.95 plus tax. I ordered the gasket on Amazon for $20. I don't mind paying a little more to support local businesses but not 100% markup.

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agesilaus wrote:

I went out to buy oil filter, oil and fuel filters for my F350 and got the price of $178 at a national auto parts store who I suspect can not be named here but who has initials of AA. The major markup wos for the motorcraft fuel filters, $120 or so. I knew it could be had for $50 on Amazon so I refused to buy it. Actually you can get one for $25 on Amazon if you trust your engine to a chinese no name, which I do not. Ordered and had by noon the next day.
So watch those prices. I think this happened once before but I've been buying from Amazon mostly.


Well not a Ford, but I get my Ram/ Cummins filters from Geno’s Garage, still not cheap, but known quality.
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CrossFilters down in Florida has been supplying most of my filter needs, they stock a few different brands. I've been mostly using Donaldson, Fleetguard, Baldwin and HiFlo filters. I like the slightly better water rejection of the Baldwin water separator for my AirDog lift pump. Wix makes most of the air filters and the OEM's and auto parts stores just relabel the suckers. Genos Garage is great for Cummins/Ram supplies, not the cheapest, but very good quality name brand stuff, quick shipping. I got an Edge CTS3 gauge system from them next day here in Alabama. Being so close is nice, the FedEx Ground is like overnight air service here.

With the price difference I only shop at the local Oreilly's when I get in a bind, the Wix filters cost twice as much locally and then there is our 10% sales tax. I save lots of money avoiding the local auto parts stores for filters!

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Walaby wrote:

I've found that price differential quite a bit on different car parts.

Rock Auto is another good source.

That said, the brick and mortar stores do have overhead costs they have to pay (salary, rent, electric etc..). Amazon does too of course, but the scaling is different.

Was that $120 after the 20% off coupon you can routinely find online?

As far as Amazon switching to inferior/knock off parts, I've never seen that happen unless they paint them up to look like the real deal. Not saying it doesn't happen, I just haven't seen it.

I try to support my local AA store, especially if I need/want it today and they have it. After all, if online takes over the world, the local stores will be gone.

Mike
Amazon isn't consciously "switching" per se. Here's how it happens: Chinese factories make knockoffs that sometimes can't be visually distinguished from the real brand name items. A vendor secures a supply of these cheap fakes, signs up as an Amazon seller and arranges for Amazon to stock and ship his supply for him. Amazon warehouse workers combine his stock of fakes with other vendors' stocks of genuine product because the workers don't see any difference (to them it's all the same and fungible). Then, purchasers get shipped a random piece that might be fake or might be genuine.


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I use Motorcraft oil and filters for all of my vehicles. I pay $18 and change for 5 quarts of 15/40 diesel oil and $9 and change for diesel oil filter for F350 at Walmart. I realize same type of savings for my other three vehicles over the local parts stores.

I changed the oil and filter in my Johndeere lawnmower Friday and at the local Advance the filter was $15 plus change but they were out and it would be a next day delivery so they gave me the part number and I purchased it at NAPA for $9 plus change.

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I bought a maintenance contract with my truck. Dealer pays on oil changes.
It includes brakes and even windshield wipers!
I have them do my state inspections. They find anything wrong, they have to fix it either under warranty or the contract.


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