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BeapChastard wrote:
Jun 13th, 2017 1:29 pm
Rockauto is not worth it unless you're buying a ton of parts at once. I need some new brake calipers but when you consider the cost of shipping plus the cost of shipping the cores back to the US it's only marginally cheaper than just buying it from the local auto parts stores so may as well pay slightly more to get it locally and faster and pick it up in person.
That's almost never the case though (from my experience anyway). Shipping is really fast, prices are very low so much that you may not even need to ship it back. Also, you know what brand you're getting. The local part store will get you the same part for a similar price, but from my personal experience, at that price point they've always been "value" (aka. crap) brands, so you're comparing apples to oranges. The faster pickup in person also doesn't apply to stores that are open 9-5 on weekdays only and people that don't have the time or means to go there during that time.
However, everything you said is something anyone who needs to buy parts should carefully consider if they're looking to minimise cost.
Ramblings wrote:
Jun 13th, 2017 1:43 pm
It really depends - I've ordered brakes from them and even without returning cores it was worth it. I've made big and small orders since 2009 and I've saved well over $1000+ as a result. Express shipping is rarely ever worth it - go for ground and it still arrives pretty quickly. Pair that with a border shipping service like CrossBorderPickups and you save even more.

The main problem with them is when the parts you need are in different warehouses so you have to pay extra for shipping....
What he said!
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Thanks OP. Just placed an order. Wiper blades- 6 front and 2 rear cost me $40...because they're specialty push button blades in Canada would've cost me approx $200.00. Charcoal Cabin filters up here cost approx $40 each, bought 3 for $9.00 each. Oil and air filters the same story. To help with shipping I used to get friends together and place a bulk order. Along with the great pricing I absolutely love their selection- economy up to premium. Yrs ago needed a MAF Sensor, Partsource wanted $400 for generic garbage. RA sent me a brand name MAF all in for $125.00. Bought some shock absorbers yrs ago - up here $500 for the set, RA all in charged me $200 + got a $50 rebate. Also helps to have a U.S. account and/ or a U.S. CC.

Edit: 2/3 of order (New York) will be here tomorrow. Other 1/3 is coming from Texas.
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Deep_Stich wrote:
Jun 13th, 2017 4:00 pm
That's almost never the case though (from my experience anyway). Shipping is really fast, prices are very low so much that you may not even need to ship it back. Also, you know what brand you're getting. The local part store will get you the same part for a similar price, but from my personal experience, at that price point they've always been "value" (aka. crap) brands, so you're comparing apples to oranges. The faster pickup in person also doesn't apply to stores that are open 9-5 on weekdays only and people that don't have the time or means to go there during that time.
However, everything you said is something anyone who needs to buy parts should carefully consider if they're looking to minimise cost.
Well let's look at calipers. A front caliper for my car on Rock Auto is $67 + $48 core. That's $115. Shipping to Canada is $20. That's $135.

The cheapest quote I got for a front caliper from local shops was $130 ($190 - $60 core).

So if I don't return the core to rock auto, it's cheaper to buy locally. If I do return core to rock auto, then it's a bit cheaper but it will depend on the cost to ship the core back to the US. I have no idea how much that would be but I'm guessing at least $20.

Maybe it makes sense to buy from rock auto if you're buying a ton of stuff at once but for a few small items like one or two calipers, you may as well just buy locally.
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BeapChastard wrote:
Jun 15th, 2017 5:17 pm
Well let's look at calipers. A front caliper for my car on Rock Auto is $67 + $48 core. That's $115. Shipping to Canada is $20. That's $135.

The cheapest quote I got for a front caliper from local shops was $130 ($190 - $60 core).

So if I don't return the core to rock auto, it's cheaper to buy locally. If I do return core to rock auto, then it's a bit cheaper but it will depend on the cost to ship the core back to the US. I have no idea how much that would be but I'm guessing at least $20.

Maybe it makes sense to buy from rock auto if you're buying a ton of stuff at once but for a few small items like one or two calipers, you may as well just buy locally.
It all depends on what you are buying. For me, buying maintenance stuff for my cars I usually do bulk orders (ie: oil filters, air filters and so on). Rock Auto pricing is stupid cheap compared to what's sold here. Just an example: A Ford Mustang air filter with my 10% discount is $25. Same thing at RA is $15. OEM oil filters at RA are cheaper then the cheapest filters sold at Crappy Tire. I'm in the middle of restoring my Mustang, an OEM battery cable is $70 at the stealership, same cable $14.50 at RA...
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are there better coupon codes than 5%?
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krossfyah wrote:
Jun 15th, 2017 7:16 pm
are there better coupon codes than 5%?
No, Rock Auto never offers anything more than 5%. Even during the Black Friday event, it's still 5%.
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Bianco13 wrote:
Jun 15th, 2017 6:21 pm
It all depends on what you are buying. For me, buying maintenance stuff for my cars I usually do bulk orders (ie: oil filters, air filters and so on). Rock Auto pricing is stupid cheap compared to what's sold here. Just an example: A Ford Mustang air filter with my 10% discount is $25. Same thing at RA is $15. OEM oil filters at RA are cheaper then the cheapest filters sold at Crappy Tire. I'm in the middle of restoring my Mustang, an OEM battery cable is $70 at the stealership, same cable $14.50 at RA...
Yeah but doesn't the $20 shipping to Canada kill the deal unless you buy a bazillion filters and airfilters at once?
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BeapChastard wrote:
Jun 15th, 2017 9:24 pm
Yeah but doesn't the $20 shipping to Canada kill the deal unless you buy a bazillion filters and airfilters at once?
Doesn't need to be a bazillion to save more than the shipping cost. I also don't mind paying a reasonable amount for shipping if it saves me wasting time & money driving around town to pick up parts.
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BeapChastard wrote:
Jun 15th, 2017 9:24 pm
Yeah but doesn't the $20 shipping to Canada kill the deal unless you buy a bazillion filters and airfilters at once?
Not at all, when I setup my orders I do my best to get everything I need out of one warehouse. Which usually only costs me about $13-14 for shipping. A couple of small items from RA the savings alone will cover the shipping charges vs buying here, anything extra I add to my order (depending on the size) is gravy.
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And that is a bit of an art... if you are buying a few things - trying to keep the order to one warehouse may mean choosing different brands then you originally intended. But it does mean you can keep shipping down to $12-15 and even really heavy items are around $20
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krossfyah wrote:
Jun 15th, 2017 7:16 pm
are there better coupon codes than 5%?
5% discount is the most you'll find but if buying "Wholesaler Closeout" they practically give the stuff away. Example, just bought some wipers- reg price is $18, WC is $2.93 CAD. The trick is to know what you're buying and what's best for your car.
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BeapChastard wrote:
Jun 15th, 2017 5:17 pm
Well let's look at calipers. A front caliper for my car on Rock Auto is $67 + $48 core. That's $115. Shipping to Canada is $20. That's $135.

The cheapest quote I got for a front caliper from local shops was $130 ($190 - $60 core).

So if I don't return the core to rock auto, it's cheaper to buy locally. If I do return core to rock auto, then it's a bit cheaper but it will depend on the cost to ship the core back to the US. I have no idea how much that would be but I'm guessing at least $20.

Maybe it makes sense to buy from rock auto if you're buying a ton of stuff at once but for a few small items like one or two calipers, you may as well just buy locally.
I'll reply to this with parts of my previous post:
Deep_Stich wrote:
Jun 13th, 2017 4:00 pm
[...] Also, you know what brand you're getting. The local part store will get you the same part for a similar price, but from my personal experience, at that price point they've always been "value" (aka. crap) brands, so you're comparing apples to oranges. [...]
Though, I don't see the point of having a conversation if you're not gonna pay attention to what the other guy is saying. I understood what you said the first time.

If you're actually looking for the CHEAPEST, this site might be your "best" option, but best of luck to your car... http://www.primechoice.com/
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Rats I already had an order shipped and didn't know about the code. Do you think they would refund me 5% if I asked?
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rockauto, never lets you down. If you can wait a few days and if you coordinate the shipping properly it can end up being a great deal.

This of course all depends on what you are buying and how urgent you need it. YMMV.
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