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What is your favorite place to get parts and maintenance supplies?
I'm talking about places like NAPA, O'Reilly's, Kragen, AutoZone, PepBoys, Advance Auto, or your local businesses.

I usually see a huge difference in employee knowledge at different franchises at different stores so also mention where as well.
 

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What is your favorite place to get parts and maintenance supplies?
I'm talking about places like NAPA, O'Reilly's, Kragen, AutoZone, PepBoys, Advance Auto, or your local businesses.

I usually see a huge difference in employee knowledge at different franchises at different stores so also mention where as well.
I don't much care for employee's knowledge.

But I know that advanceauto has the best price when bought online using coupon code: ES123.
This will take $10 off $30, $20 off $50. The latter is the better deal if you're willing to buy $50 worth.
You would need to pick them off from a nearby store to avoid shipping charges.
The only thing is that some advanceauto stores are ghetto with terrible staff.
Rockauto has cheaper prices than advanceauto but you MUST pay shipping.

Others are about the same.
 

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I don't much care for employee's knowledge.
+1 That should be the first rule of fight club.

Go to any of the major retailers for the quoted lowest price on quality parts. Don't have any loyalty with any of them.
Order your parts online if you can, much cheaper and better customer service.
 

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It’s rare that you can walk in to a brick and mortar establishment and gat served with expert advice. Auto parts stores now-a-days are joke and they are usually staffed by kids that only know about ricing out Hondas. I remember in the 80’s, when you would walk in to a RadioShack and walk out with enough parts to build a space satellite. Now RadioShack is a friggin cell phone store, WTF?
 

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It’s rare that you can walk in to a brick and mortar establishment and gat served with expert advice. Auto parts stores now-a-days are joke and they are usually staffed by kids that only know about ricing out Hondas. I remember in the 80’s, when you would walk in to a RadioShack and walk out with enough parts to build a space satellite. Now RadioShack is a friggin cell phone store, WTF?
You and me both bro, this is when radio shack was an electronic store. Radioshack is now cellphone store with clueless employees that don't know what a resistor is.
 

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You and me both bro, this is when radio shack was an electronic store. Radioshack is now cellphone store with clueless employees that don't know what a resistor is.
During college a lifetime ago, the small town RS I worked in (filling in for a regular guy who went to china to look for his true love...ahem) actually had all the electronics, gadgets, radios and such and happened to rent porn. I had no idea what everyone was talking about when they came into the store! What ever it took to stay alive in the winter in a tourist town, I guess:unsure:

+1 That should be the first rule of fight club.

(DEV, you are not s'posed to talk about this!!! ...)
 

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Well, I wasn't really talking about employee knowledge in the sense that they need to be an expert. But I once called ahead to ask if O'Reillys had an O2 sensor for my car. When I arrived the employee had brought out a spark plug...
 

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As a person who actually worked in an auto parts store when I was a teenager I can tell you from from experience I did not learn a damn thing. I gave all kinds of dumb advice that was passed down from my managers. If you cannot search for your question on the internet and instead take into consideration the advice an auto parts store or quick change lube place has to offer then you will be the one suffering when duralube or Zmax ruins your engine.

Even taking your car to get alignments the guy working the machine does not know much about alignments. Fortunately the computer does.
 

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I always use the Autozone here, but it's only because of one guy who works there. I went in a few years ago on a whim just to see if, on some incredibly off chance, they happened to have spacers in stock or could at least order them. Of course they didn't and couldn't, but this guy I was working with took an interest as to why I'd want spacers and I told him about my new coils and whatever.

He immediately wanted to go outside and see the car so I took him out there and he was into it. But, the part that surprised me are the things he noticed. Like, first thing out of his mouth was that he liked that I chose a beefy aspect ratio on my tires instead of rubber bands, and he knew what Hankook RS2's were. Then he went on to say something to the effect that no one in this town actually knows how to mod a car the right way and he was exactly right in every way. He wasn't condescending, he just actually knew what was up, which I never expected.

So now I go there, and deal only with him if I have to speak with someone. I don't know if it's actually worth the business' time to find people like that, but it makes such a difference for a customer who even knows a little something. It's sort of like how you can immediately tell when you're dealing with a manager at a fast food restaurant because they're actually nice and attentive.
 

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Well, I wasn't really talking about employee knowledge in the sense that they need to be an expert. But I once called ahead to ask if O'Reillys had an O2 sensor for my car. When I arrived the employee had brought out a spark plug...
lol yea I definitely do not go for employee knowledge. If theres something I don't know I learn it from the forums and get parts I need from an advance auto, or auto zone, what evers closer. Toyota specific parts I order straight from the dealer.
 
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