ARB prices - heading north

Submitted: Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 15:50
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Hi Folks, was just reading the ARB sharemarket report and it caught my eye that due to the increase in price of raw steel, ARB will be increasing their prices between 3 - 4.5% as at 1st July 2004.

They may do this every year (when did you last hear of prices dropping?) however if anyone is planning to purchase some ARB products - might be best to do it before 1st July.

Cheers
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Reply By: Davoe - Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 15:59

Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 15:59
buy shares instead of bullbars
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Follow Up By: Baz (NSW) - Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 17:22

Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 17:22
To bloody right !!!!
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Follow Up By: Baz (NSW) - Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 18:52

Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 18:52
Sorry, not a big fan of ARB, $1400. 00 TO $1600.00 for a bullbar from ARB, and $900.00 from Formula Off Road.

Baz.
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Follow Up By: Member - StevenL - Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 21:03

Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 21:03
I visited ARB on Saturday to get a catalogue of things to bolt onto the new Prado.

I indicated that I had managed to negotiate with Toyota to include the Toyota Alloy Bar for free as an inducement to signing up for the deal. I was quite proud of that and this was confirmed by the ARB rep when he said "Wow, Toyota don't usually negotiate. You did well."

I was floored however by his next comment "Can you get the Toyota bar deleted as it is no good. You need our bar". What do I do? Go back and say "Gee, can I have a $1,500 discount instead"

Now, I know he is in the business of selling stuff, and I know that the steel bar MAY be better for SERIOUS of-road (provided I upgraded the suspension) but for me I think the alloy bar is better as I want just that bit better protection against animal strike on gravel roads. If I do it in I'll claim it on insurance.

Is it just me or is ARB just that little bit arrogant in asking me to for-go a free $1,500 toyota alloy bar to shell out for their $1,500 steel one.

Steven
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Follow Up By: Mikell - Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 21:51

Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 21:51
StevenL
I had an alloy bar on my GQ. Thought it looked pretty good and was good protection if i hit something.

I was driving up a gravel track on our farm and slid off and into a fence post at approx 5kmh. The alloy bar bent back about 2" and just touched the bonnet/guard (no damage) but the headlight broke. I was not impressed at all. I thought the bar should have not bent at this speed.

What sort of damage would i have got if i was going quicker, or hit a large animal.

I upgraded to a steel bar not long after.
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Follow Up By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 12:47

Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 12:47
Hi Steven Leave the allum bar on now and when you hit something and it bends get it all fixed on ins. and make sure the replacement is of your choice, it may never happen. I also hate allum. bars and mine was on when I purchased cruiser and will some time be replaced.
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Reply By: Ian Bee - Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 20:46

Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 20:46
3 - 4.5% is not bad at all. Considering CPI it is probably par.
I run a Sheetmetal & Welding Workshop in Adelaide, and Onesteel has had to pass on a 10 - 12 % increase on steel from Bluescope, that was from the 1 st. May........ with another tipped for July.

Expect more rises, and don't blame the manufacturer of your product, blame the whole world economy, inceased production in China etc.......

Cheers

Ian BEE
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Reply By: Michael_FNQ - Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 22:08

Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 22:08
Anyone who thinks that a Toyota dealer gives them a $1500 bullbar for free has paid way too much for the vehicle. A dealer gives you nothing for free, you pay for everything but you may think you get it for free. Classic example is the free $500-1000 rust proofing & scotch guarding of interior, dealer pays $150 - $200 and you think you are getting $1000 discount!
Last time I checked V8 auto 100 series on the road for $55K and $65K for a TDI Auto.
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Follow Up By: Member - StevenL - Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 22:19

Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 22:19
I Know what you mean.

I said "pass" to all that extra stuff.

Even when they say you are getting something for free you still have that feeling you are being screwed!!!

They do this 5 times a day. I do it once every 5 years.

Steven
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