70 responses to “Did You Know That Auto Parts Stores…”

  1. Rick says:

    This is great to know. I’m not a mechanic or am I completely ignorant but this article is great to help understand some of the things that are available to us.

  2. garry says:

    great information for eveyone but especially for women as alot of times for what ever reason shops and stores try to get over on women they will learn of the empowered woman soon if they have not i shall pass this info to all my lady friends!

  3. Jude says:

    Great tips here. Thankfully I haven’t had to order any parts yet. Car is under one year of age but I’m sure somewhere down the road, I will have to. I like the idea that business owners can apply for commercial account. This can be helpful for tax rebate, as I’m doing the same for computer accessories bought for the company.

  4. Jim says:

    Thanks, very informative. I know sometimes prices vary widely. Did not realize you could pick up in the store when ordering online.

  5. Tim O'Brien says:

    Great site, Sylvia, lots and lots of useful information that I never knew about.
    One additional fact that your subscribers might like: every $ spent locally circulates 8 times before it leaves your area; a dollar spent online leaves your area immediately!

  6. Amanda Drew says:

    I need to get some new brake pads for my car because it has started to make screeching sounds whenever I do brake. The problem is that I don’t know where to go. I like how you say that you can go to an auto parts store and call to see if they have the part in stock then get them to set it aside for you. That sounds perfect, so I’ll just need to find an auto parts store near me to get those brake pads from.

    • I have a suggestion for you… go online and search for “brake pads for 2010 ford focus (your car)” and look at all the prices. Most auto parts stores will price match if you bring proof (such as the same part listed on your phone) from a different store in the area one that you can walk into. (The technicalities are it has to be same part, made with the same material and same warranty.) They WILL NOT price match from EBAY or AMAZON or any of those type stores. The online prices may be cheaper and you can get the best price for your money. Some auto parts stores may have a coupon to save you more money when you go to buy the part.

      I had to get prices on brakes and rotors the other day as my Buick is doing the same thing. I always change both … safer that way.

      I hope this helps! 😀

      • Tim Hughes says:

        You should always resurface or replace your rotors when replacing the pads. As brakes wear the rotor surface becomes uneven and the new, smooth pads will not make full contact with the worn rotor, which can cause brake fade making it harder to stop the car, especially in a panic stop situation. Most auto parts stores in my area offer a service to resurface rotors for around $15 to $20 each.

  7. I didn’t know that you could order car parts over the internet! I like how you said that you should look for parts that are specific to your type of vehicle. My husband and I are looking into used auto parts for our truck; thanks for the tips.

    • Hi Ashley!

      Start with the Junkyards (Salvage yards). The link that helps you find what you are looking for is car-parts.com. It has a listing of all the junkyards and if yours doesn’t have the part, ask the place you find one if they can send it to your local one. Also find out if they have one in the same color as yours … they can do that too!

      Good luck with the truck!

  8. It sure is nice when you said that when it comes to shopping for car parts, most stores will match the price of the part that I need if I have proof that it really is lower than the price they are selling it for. Maybe a price tag will work. I know that a friend of mine has bought a car part that I also need a few weeks back, and I can ask him to give the price tag to me. After all, I would not want to pay more than the part is worth. Thank you.

    • If you have a phone with a camera, I would just take a picture of the price tag. Make sure it’s clear as the person behind the counter has to be able to read what’s on it. As long as it has the item number or sku match, then they may do that. I can’t speak for the companies themselves, they all have different policies.

  9. It’s great to know that it is possible to shop online for auto parts as long as one knows the right part of the car, which can be done by looking at its parts number. One of my lights broke and it appears that it needs to be replaced. I’ll have to check the part number and look if it can be bought online or can be picked up at a physical store that offers the said car part.

    • Just remember that it’s usually just the number, not the number and letter(s) (unless it’s an A for amber or yellow – as in a turn signal) that’s actually on it. Besides, you can always look in your owners manual for the same information under lights or bulbs in the index section of it.

  10. Millie Hue says:

    Wow, I never took into account that there are auto shops that would give discounts to veterans and active soldiers. My father is a veteran, and he is also a car enthusiast. I will be giving him a vintage car by next year, and I will make sure that he knows about this so that he can get discounts while maintaining his future car. Thanks!

  11. You did well mentioning that price match is something many places will do. If you are trying to find the lowest price, it is worth checking out salvage yards. You can often find what you are looking for there for next to nothing.

  12. I am in need of replacement auto parts for the car that I am currently using. Since I want to be sure that I save money on the part, it was great that I came across this article. Of the things that you said, what got me was your idea that most auto part seller will price match only if the person has proof that it is lower, so it is best to gather all necessary info. I shall do this. Thanks!

    • Hi Emery! Yes, if you do your homework, you can come out on top! Advanced Auto has a percentage off the parts if you order online (you can select to pick them up in the store). I like RockAuto.com for stuff if I don’t mind waiting and they have the exact parts I need (most of the time). Good Luck!

  13. Joy Butler says:

    I’m grateful for your advice about buying auto parts. I definitely agree that searching online is your best source if you need used auto parts for your vehicles. Just let me share a simple tip when browsing online, review all the reviews; don’t just jump and purchase everything you would find.

  14. Thanks for the tip about finding an auto parts store that lets you order online. Finding a store that lets you browse their inventory online would make searching much easier. My husband and I are looking for an auto parts store, so we’ll have to consider if they let us order online first.

    • You’re welcome Hannah! I’m glad that I was able to help with that. You can check out RockAuto.com as they have the right parts at good prices as well. I’ve ordered from them before and they always delivered. If you have a question, you can always call them first.

  15. Gary Puntman says:

    It’s good to know that auto part stores often price match. I would love to be able to go to any store near me and get the same price of another store that may be cheaper. This could be great if you like to shop online a lot too, like you said.

  16. Hazel Owens says:

    Thanks for the tip about how you can order a part online and then pick it up in the store but make sure it is in-stock when you order it so you don’t have to special order them. My husband was saying he needed some part for his cigarette lighter since it doesn’t work anymore so I was trying to figure out how to get the part. I’ll have to look at stores online and then call to see if they have it in stock.

    • Check the fuse in the fuse box first, as that is usually the cause of it not to work. If not… then you can buy the cigarette lighter, they sell them aftermarket. There are two ways that they come … with the whole unit that it fits in, and some are just the lighter. Usually sold by the type of vehicle that it is. (Sent you an email with some details.) Thank you for your comment!

  17. It’s really helpful to learn all of this about auto parts stores. I had no idea that we could order online and just pick them up from a store. That’ll make it a lot more convenient to make some small car repairs, I think.

  18. Great, thanks for telling that how we can buy the auto parts from different sources. Keep on sharing!

  19. My dad’s loves upgrading his car and he’s now looking for a foreign auto part. It was explained here that if he was able to show that the part was cheaper compared to the nearest store, the price can be matched. Moreover, it’s advisable to transact with trusted auto parts for foreign auto parts.

    • Hi Vanessa, I agree with that. You build a relationship with an auto parts store in order to get the best customer service or the one person in that store that makes the experience well worth it.

  20. This is some really good information about truck parts. It is good to know that you can order parts online. That seems like it would make getting auto parts easy. I have been thinking about getting my first car soon. So, this is good for me to know.

    • Hi Penelope, it is good information. When I bought my first car, I had no knowledge of any of this. Of course it was an older car and I had to learn everything from scratch. I wish you luck in finding your first car!

  21. I like that you explain the different ways to purchase auto parts, such as ordering online to ship to your home or pick up at the store. When choosing one, you’d probably want to research the different shops to learn about what they have to offer. Doing this could give you the chance to find one that can provide the supplies you need, such as ring and pinion parts.

  22. Braden Bills says:

    I want to make sure that I get the right car parts. It makes sense that I would want to find them from the best store possible! That way I can ensure that I’m getting the right parts for me.

    • Agreed! If you pull a part off the car that needs replacing, look for a bunch of numbers or letters and numbers together and see if the auto parts store can translate that number into one they have. You can also always search the number on the internet and it will bring up a bunch of listings which you can check out. Good luck!

  23. Thank you for pointing out that I can actually check online forums if in case there is a problem with my car, but I do not know about the parts and what needs to be replaced. I honestly do not know anything about my car apart from the model and the year that it was made. Now that I have a few problems with my car and possibly need to replace a few parts, I will give the online forum thing a try so that I will know what type of replacement I need for my car.

    • Let me know if you need help with this. I have a few connections to mechanics and dealers that I can ask.
      The information for the engine and year, make and model are on your registration and insurance card.

  24. I have a feeling that there is a part of my car that needs to be replaced because it has been having a hard time keeping its speed. The only problem is that I do not know the first thing about car parts. That was the reason why I appreciated this article. You said that I can give online forums a try because the people have already experienced the headache and they can help me find the item that is specific to my car. I will give this a try. Thanks!

    • Sometimes these issues can be fixed reasonable cheaply. It’s easier to do the leg work yourself, and find out what the actual issue is and maybe keep the car longer until you can find another one.
      I sent you an email with a link in it, if you wish to learn more. Good Luck!

  25. Katie Wilson says:

    Thanks for the tip about ordering auto parts online. It would be easy to find out things about the parts if you are able to search for them on the internet. I’m looking for a few parts for my truck, so I’ll have to start my search by checking online.

  26. Jord says:

    I’ve been looking for some truck brake repairs. I think that knowing that auto repair shops will price match parts like brakes would be nice. I’m going to have to look for a good truck repair service and see what we can find!

  27. Ellen Hughes says:

    I like that you mentioned that it’s possible to order auto parts online so you can just pick them up at a particular store location. My sister said that there are auto parts that she needs to buy for her Chevy car. It’s important for her to find the most convenient way of buying car parts because she doesn’t have the time to shop around due to her busy work schedule. I’ll share your blog with her.

    • You’re welcome Ellen. If she has an older Chevy – such as 55-57 Chevrolets – I can get connections to people who have those. My future father-in-law builds old 53 Chevy’s. His little truck is a converted ’48 stepside. 😀

  28. I really appreciate that you mentioned that most auto parts stores will honor veterans and current military personnel. My father is a veteran, and he is wanting to find a mechanic who will honor him for his service. I will be sure to mention to him that most auto parts stores will honor his service.

    • You’re welcome! Please tell your dad that I said “Thank you for your service”. I appreciate the service that military folks current and veteran have given to this country. My Uncle Eddie was the highest decorated veteran in the state of CT. I want to get a monument built for him. The picture on that page is of my uncle.

  29. Lavi Mare says:

    I loved your idea of checking the forums in case I do not know the type of part my car needs since people with the same car and who have encountered the same problem can help me. Since there isn’t anyone else nearby that I can ask, maybe I will check forums out. That way, I will be able to figure out what my Ford needs since I need to get it fixed right away.

    • Hi Lavi,
      I’m glad you enjoyed the article. I’m a Ford person myself, so maybe I can help. I have a friend who works in a Ford Dealership in service, so I can help get you answers. I will do what I can to help.

  30. Sarah Smith says:

    My husband was talking about upgrading his truck by installing a turbocharger, but I don’t know where to begin when purchasing car parts. Your information that I can look into sources like car dealers or specialty auto parts stores was really helpful. I’ll check some sites and see what I come up with for his Dodge.

    • Hi Sarah! Well, I can recommend a company called Summit Racing. You can even call them to ask about the different turbochargers. These people are specialists who know the parts and can answer any questions regarding what type, what kind of horsepower it will create, what you need for installation and more. Good luck!

  31. Really appreciate that you share informational posts with us and give us brief about auto stores insight… Keep sharing

  32. Katie Wilson says:

    Thanks for the tip about finding out online what are the best auto parts. It would make sense to find something that is going to work well for your make and model of car as well. My husband is repairing an old car, so he’ll have to check what parts work best for him.

  33. I really like the idea of calling to make sure the parts are in stock in store. My husband and I are looking for a replacement part for our car, but we don’t have too much extra time to run around town looking for our specific part. We will look for a reliable auto parts store that has the right match for our car, and we’ll call ahead to make sure the part is there first! In addition to this, if it’s there, we’ll take it right away! We need our car fixed as soon as possible, so we’ll definitely apply these helpful hints.

  34. Tim Yaotome says:

    Wow! I did not know that you can get a bargain on a car part by showing an auto parts dealer a list of its prices from other competitors. My wife is getting into my love for cars by planning to customize hers; this tip will definitely help her save money on making her dream car. We will be looking for an auto parts supplier who can give us the best offer for either each part of all of them as a bundle.

    • Hi Tim,
      Yup, they have commercial accounts for business people. I loved to help people get an account to help save money on parts. The more you buy the better the price after awhile. Go into the auto parts store, ask for the commercial desk where you will be asked to fill out some paperwork. It takes time to process it as it has to go through corporate.
      (Look at it like a credit card… they give you a certain card amount and interest rate when you sign up, as you use it more they increase your credit and usually (not always the case) lower the interest rate.)
      I hope this helps! Good luck with the car!

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