38 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!

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