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Old 02-16-2021, 07:28 PM   #111
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I agree 1M %!

All China parts. I’ve only ever bought 1 item from RA & about 4 parts from PG. I do purchase my items locally and as much as possible. I also support my stealership of choice for certain items that HAVE TO BE RIGHT! Like critical parts.

But I do agree to support local businesses as I normally do
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I buy a fair amount of stuff l from rockauto. It's a great place to buy cheap junk parts that don't last or fit right but it's also a great place to buy good parts at decent prices if you know what you're looking for and are willing to do some homework before buying. Kind of like shopping at walmart vs costco... one is a place to buy cheap junk at rock bottom prices and the other is a place to buy expensive things at normal prices. I will say never buy the cheapest thing they sell.

And not everything they sell comes from China either...I have bought lots of Toyota/Nissan parts over the years that were made in Japan and appear identical to the OE parts. Aisin timing belt kits and denso electronic parts are good examples. Still, never buy the cheap closeout parts. They are cheap for a reason. One thing I do buy locally is brake parts. At least if they sell me the wrong ones I can take them back to the parts store instead of shipping and waiting.
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Old 02-16-2021, 08:52 PM   #113
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SBJ... just my take, but I'd rather "waste my time" researching locally and dealing locally, instead of "doing my homework" on a part that may or may not work. Still a crap-shoot when buying online. Even with massive "research", there's still a bunch of "unknowns", including counterfeits. To many "unknowns" for me, sorry man.

Please understand my POV... it's more ol'school, I've done it this way for decades and it has a better success rate, IMPO. YMMV...
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Old 02-17-2021, 03:20 AM   #114
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SBJ... just my take, but I'd rather "waste my time" researching locally and dealing locally, instead of "doing my homework" on a part that may or may not work. Still a crap-shoot when buying online. Even with massive "research", there's still a bunch of "unknowns", including counterfeits. To many "unknowns" for me, sorry man.

Please understand my POV... it's more ol'school, I've done it this way for decades and it has a better success rate, IMPO. YMMV...
That's fair, I 100% get where you're coming from. I also think it's important to have a good relationship with the parts store, and I'm lucky enough to live near one that is very well-managed and well stocked. They've saved me money more than a few times and I am happy to give them my business if their price is within a few bucks of RA + shipping or I need it right away. Often times when I am sourcing parts I will buy things from them that wouldn't be practical to pay shipping on. By "doing homework" I mean figuring out who makes the OE part for something and buying it from them instead of going to the dealership. Or if it's an older part that has been discontinued and superseded by a newer one, figuring out which one it is and which other parts would interchange. None of this is exclusive to buying online, either. For example, you could go to the parts store and buy a Hitachi water pump for your truck, and the only difference between it and one you'd buy at the dealership would be the missing Nissan emblem.

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Old 02-17-2021, 05:38 PM   #115
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Can we keep this thread just for codes?
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Can we keep this thread just for codes?
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