Do you guys buy parts to install yourselves or buy parts to have your local guy install for you? If the latter, do they give you a hard time showing up with your own parts?
Depends on the place. Call and ask, I would think most small shops won't have a problem making a few bucks installing pads/rotors for you, but you won't get any sort of warranty on labor when it's your own parts.
Advance autoparts with the coupon & free shipping ended up being way cheaper than RockAuto with 5% off after shipping was factored in for the all fluids & filters change coming up on my S2k at 100k mi. RockAuto was shipping from multiple warehouses & wanted $20+ in shipping... The only way it'd come closer was if I chose the cheapest parts from brands I've never heard of like pronto & some other's, or using $2 ac delco spark plugs instead of the factory $9 NGK's which I'm not willing to cheap out & do on my car.
After I get the parts in from advance, all I need is to buy a synthetic oil & filter combo & coolant from Autozone & the whole "major maintenance" interval service is under $200 & a couple hours of my weekend.
cheaper than my local auto zone which has signs saying rewards members get $10 off $50...
& cheaper than genuine Honda parts from my local dealer or hondaautomotiveparts.com .. I'm still getting all name brand parts (NGK, purolator, royal purple, etc).. just did my brakes & belts, so the S should be good for another 100k
For the m3, ecs tuning had the best inspection II packages with most of the parts I need & free shipping.. I just need to add BMW coolant & ATE super blue brake fluid & I'm good to go for around $500...Rock auto was the same story, shipping from multiple warehouses & I'm not willing to use the cheapest no name parts..
I think if you're getting one or 2 parts, or don't care about brand maybe RockAuto.. Or maybe it's just my make/models
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Used last week for the $40 off $100 on a replacement wheel hub. Looks like the "one time use" either reset or isn't enforced since I can enter it for the $50 off now.
Thanks for the info on the Wagner Ceramics from Amazon. I had order semi and 2 rotors for my F150 two days ago. Split into 2 orders, using $40 off $100 and then $20 off $50. I had to go w/ a cheaper rotor so I could pick up in store cause w/ coupon I couldn't get the free shipping. Now I got the rotors I wanted to begin w/ and get free shipping. Rotors come out to be $40 cheaper(total) and the pads are about the same price after AA coupon but now I get ceramic through amazon.
Could have used this when I had to replace my radiator last weekend, had to settle for the $40 off $100...oh well.
Quote from nomadpp :
Darn just bought with 40 off 100 (actually more like 40 off 115 to get the $75 free shipping). Should have waited!
I've done a bunch of returns on a lesser discounted receipt when finding a better coupon to fit my needs. The guys at my local AAP are really cool with taking in the returns too. Never a problem. I usually do not need to even bother bringing in any of the goods either.
Quote from RugerRedhawk :
I wouldn't go crazy buying stuff just because of the deal honestly, the 40 off 100 is very regular and the same percentage off.
Yep, but sometimes the adjusted value of a coupon can depend on what you need to purchase with it.
Quote from rdmustang1 :
This is nicer for those of us who need free shipping. The $50 off $125 is more than 5% cheaper than the $40 off $100 coupon.
Uhh, $40 off $100 = (2 units of 20; 40% discount - think in dimes), $50 off $125 = (2 units of 25; 40% discount - think in quarters).
Quote from BlkBimM3r :
...or using $2 ac delco spark plugs instead of the factory $9 NGK's which I'm not willing to cheap out & do on my car.
Yeah, I don't mess around either experimenting with different plugs when NGKs do their thing so well consistently.
TIP: Since some people here mentioned radiator coolant. Last year I picked up two gallons of Prestone 50/50 for FAR at BigLots. Actually, I recall it being a MM netting me around $1.50 minus the postage. That is, the AutoZone next door had the rebate forms which didn't specify where it needed to be purchased, and BigLots had the same product for 2/3's the cost.
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