Spare parts prices

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 15:02
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I really know the answer but ..... Why can I get a water pump/viscous fan for my grey import Terrano at Coventry Auto parts for $155 but the exact same thing at Repco is $375.
It pays to shop around.
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Oskar
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Reply By: Footloose - Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 15:11

Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 15:11
There seems to be a lot of cheap "knockoffs" in the auto parts industry at the moment. I'm not convinced that their quality is all that great. Unless you really have to, its better to use the genuine stuff. (Repco=Rip Every Poor Customer Off).
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Follow Up By: Moose - Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 17:53

Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 17:53
I thought the C stood for something else - rhymes with the word for the smallest in a litter!
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 17:56

Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 17:56
Maybe it depends which side of the sales counter you're on :))
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Follow Up By: hl - Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 18:16

Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 18:16
Knock-offs maybe... cheap...not always.

I was shopping for an oxygen sensor for a Falcon:

Price at Repco $195.00
Genuine Ford: $135.00

Air Cleaner for Tarago

Repco: $43.00
Toyota $35.00

This was a couple of years ago... it pays to shop around and don't think the genuine part is always more expensive!!

Cheers
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 16:13

Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 16:13
Just dont shed a tear when the cheapy knockoff with no quality control and warranty fails when you need it most.
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Follow Up By: Member - Oskar (Bris) - Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 23:33

Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 23:33
Do you have Coventry way down there in Vic??
"Warranty fails when you need it most" Yep... the pump is actually a part number for a diesel Navara not for a Terrano (same pump though). They won't warranty the pump for the application it is going into because I'm not putting it into a Navara. The pump IS warranteed (sic??) for a Navara though.
Maybe I shouldn't have been so honest!
And it is made in Japan by Sumitomo.
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Reply By: Member - Oskar (Bris) - Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 16:23

Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 16:23
Genuine > $650
If it lasts 3 years ... you beauty.
The next owner can buy genuine if they want.
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Follow Up By: theshadows - Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 17:31

Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 17:31
becareful of the pressed water pump oskar. I got one from repco last year and it was a pressed unit. It went right back as as you said I then sourced one out of thompsons for about $ 250- for a machined impeller on it. Its work fine ever since.

Dont forget to do the 2 "o" rings behind the timing chest. mine are leaking all over the motor but I cannot be bothered to rip the front of the car apart to fix them.

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Follow Up By: Member - Oskar (Bris) - Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 23:12

Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 23:12
Thanks for the tip.
I can't, however, find a reference to the "O rings" you mention in the engine manual.
To quote a well known dancer "Please explain".
Thanks
Oskar
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 18:13

Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 18:13
Some of you guys are being a bit harsh on Companies such as Repco, or Supercheap for that matter. I don't shop at either very often, but when I need something on a weekend, WHO's open?
I have never had a problem with the quality of goods I have purchased.

I suspect very few of the adverse comments are based on personal experience, merely just a play on words, but I will stand corrected if anyone has been "burnt".

Of course, it certainly pays to shop around, but that's the same for whatever you are buying and wherever you are buying it from.

Have a good day!
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Follow Up By: fisho64 - Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 22:28

Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 22:28
Ill share your opinion sandy, Ive found repco and supercheap always willing to replace or refund a dodgy part. And of course it pays to shop around, anyone who doesnt has two much dough and that ESPECIALLY goes for fuel. Buying your fuel at the big companies who are only interested in corporate account cards then whinging about the price makes me laugh!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Oskar (Bris) - Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 23:23

Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 23:23
Supercheap is always my first port of call and I haven't had too many "bad" experiences with them. I get a fair bit of stuff there.
Repco is usually a bit dearer than SC.
I've found that Coventry stocks the parts that the other two don't have, particularly for any vehicle that is not a Commodore a Falcon or a Landcruiser.
I've never found that the stuff I get from Coventry is any less quality than anyone else.
But .... maybe my "Holden gets a little bit less Holden every time" LOL. (Not that I own a Holden)
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 20:39

Thursday, Mar 17, 2005 at 20:39
Most of the water pumps at Super cheap are actually made in Japan.. I dont think anything bad comes out of there!! Even the girls are beautiful!!
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