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jmhat98  [Team Member]
6/4/2010 9:50:47 PM
What is your preference for do it yourself parts? Why?
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Kalahnikid  [Team Member]
6/4/2010 9:51:20 PM
O'Reilly

Ive just always had bad experiences at AZ.
paul_the_welder  [Team Member]
6/4/2010 9:52:11 PM
orielly's by far
tr_1127  [Team Member]
6/4/2010 9:52:18 PM
O'Reilly. It's closest to home.
Cowboy1967  [Team Member]
6/4/2010 9:53:30 PM
Kragen/O'Reilly guaranteed lowest price
CarbineDad  [Team Member]
6/4/2010 9:53:48 PM
Advance –– I would have to drive by two to get to Napa
40xb-shooter  [Team Member]
6/4/2010 9:53:53 PM
Autozone, because they are open late.
pcsutton  [Team Member]
6/4/2010 9:54:45 PM
Pep Boys
jfrankparnell  [Team Member]
6/4/2010 9:54:55 PM
o'reilly because he does it live.
N1Rampage  [Team Member]
6/4/2010 9:55:10 PM
I know a few people that can order stuff for me or I now go online. Dealing with chain stores for autoparts REALLY sucks at times. The least bad for me is Napa.
FMJshooter  [Team Member]
6/4/2010 9:55:54 PM
Everything i find in Autozone is the cheapest crap they can get their hands on and they try to push their house brand Duralast. O'realy's seems to carry a much larger brand name inventory.
merlin7782  [Team Member]
6/4/2010 9:57:17 PM
I live in a pretty small town and we have advance auto and napa. I choose advance every time.. The people at napa will ignore you or have conversations with customers while your standing in line.. I made friends with the manager at advance and talked him into setting me up a commercial account, I save a ton of money with the discount and can order trash over the phone..
doggscube  [Team Member]
6/4/2010 9:58:50 PM
Aren't they all the same now?

O'Reilly's closest to me, seems OK.
Logan45  [Member]
6/4/2010 10:03:02 PM
i've had a few bad experiences with advanced auto. got the wrong parts on more than one occasion. entire store was employed buy a bunch of young kid that didn't know anything other than what the computer told them.

o'reilly on the other hand has some great guys working there that know what they are talking about. i'll drive way across town to go to them when i need parts.
VaFarmBoy  [Member]
6/4/2010 10:05:05 PM
I haven't worked at a NAPA dealer in many moons, but when I did I found out fast that their rebuilt parts(starters, water pumps, master cylinders, alternators, etc.) are a much higher quality than most auto parts stores. We rarely ever had rebuilt parts come back as defective. I felt the master cylinders were actually better than new because they bored them and inserted a stainless steel sleeve. This may have changed, as I am not involved with them. It's worth asking around if you are looking for parts.

Alot of the chain type stores (Advanced, Autozone, etc.) are more geared to sell things I call fluff(chrome nick nacks, care cleaning, floor mats, air fresheners) and not hard parts. They may carry some quality hard parts, but you have to know what store carries what, and shop around.
hkusp  [Member]
6/4/2010 10:25:57 PM
Autozone for car care products and they are the closest. Did buy a Duralast car battery which lasted less than 1 year. They couldn't find record of that sale in their computer, but I made them replace it anyways.

Advanced Auto Parts, guys here seem to be more knowledgeable about cars than A.Z.

O'Reilly is not close. I was in there once and it was very clean and well organized.
olivers_AR  [Team Member]
6/4/2010 10:28:35 PM
Advanced Auto for day to day, Autozone and NAPA for specialized parts or larger stock. No O'Reilly in our area.
sel366  [Team Member]
6/4/2010 10:34:58 PM
Autozone brand products suck. Every item I've purchased from them with the Duralast badge has malfunctioned/broke/leaked..........I've replaced four heater cores in my Bronco in the last two years. They start to leak after a few months of use and have to be replaced. Thank the good Lord that they come with a lifetime free replacement warranty.

I've also had to exchange a battery three times in one year due to being defective. I've put three sets of brake pads on my Bronco in 18 months due to uneven wear. I've had a starter go bad after six months from them. I've learned my lesson and will go to the Carquest across town. Autozone is closer since it is literally across the street, but FUCK them.
cosmos556  [Team Member]
6/4/2010 10:36:29 PM
I've had good luck with AZ
ReallyLongAction  [Member]
6/4/2010 10:41:30 PM
In my neck of the woods at least, I've found NAPA parts to be of better quality. Dont know why that is, but thats my experience. I;ve had horrible, horrible luck with A.Z. ....



I had a Ford Ranger, that I went thru probably 4 starters on before I got a good one from A.Z.
Justa_TXguy  [Team Member]
6/4/2010 10:42:34 PM
O'reilly's is better but Autzone is a bit cheaper.

Itscomminrightforus  [Member]
6/4/2010 11:01:37 PM
Checker/O'reilly or Autozone. Both are fine. Napa is the only one on my s-list. (besides the dealers of course)
not_sure  [Team Member]
6/4/2010 11:01:49 PM
Originally Posted By jmhat98:
What is your preference for do it yourself parts? Why?


NAPA, they seem to have a little better quality parts and a better staff. OEM is the best quality, but they tend to be expensive.
not_sure  [Team Member]
6/4/2010 11:04:33 PM
Originally Posted By sel366:
Autozone brand products suck. Every item I've purchased from them with the Duralast badge has malfunctioned/broke/leaked..........I've replaced four heater cores in my Bronco in the last two years. They start to leak after a few months of use and have to be replaced. Thank the good Lord that they come with a lifetime free replacement warranty.

I've also had to exchange a battery three times in one year due to being defective. I've put three sets of brake pads on my Bronco in 18 months due to uneven wear. I've had a starter go bad after six months from them. I've learned my lesson and will go to the Carquest across town. Autozone is closer since it is literally across the street, but FUCK them.


I don't know how hard your heater core is to replace, but it would probably be worth it to just get a good one and stop replacing it.
Kevin993  [Team Member]
6/4/2010 11:05:04 PM
ADVANCE, been going there since I started driving.
hermanator  [Member]
6/4/2010 11:05:43 PM
Originally Posted By sel366:
Autozone brand products suck. Every item I've purchased from them with the Duralast badge has malfunctioned/broke/leaked..........I've replaced four heater cores in my Bronco in the last two years. They start to leak after a few months of use and have to be replaced. Thank the good Lord that they come with a lifetime free replacement warranty.

I've also had to exchange a battery three times in one year due to being defective. I've put three sets of brake pads on my Bronco in 18 months due to uneven wear. I've had a starter go bad after six months from them. I've learned my lesson and will go to the Carquest across town. Autozone is closer since it is literally across the street, but FUCK them.


back when I was in high school and had a really shitty car I would rock autozone parts like nothing else because of that warranty- if it was easy to replace it had a duralast badge on it.

replaced my starter like four times in a year

saved 50 bucks though compared to the next cheapest brand though


now that I actually care about my automobile it's factory parts only(ordered over the web of course)
FMJshooter  [Team Member]
6/4/2010 11:06:02 PM
You know what's strange I've lived all over the country and never had a Napa close by. We have a Autozone and Advance next door to each other and from my experience they pretty much stock the exact same stuff just different brands. If one doesn't have the part the other doesn't either but Oreally always has it. Advance has a great selection of tools for rent though.
LIINTLICKR  [Team Member]
6/4/2010 11:11:30 PM

Originally Posted By jfrankparnell:
o'reilly because he does it live.


+1

XJ01-08  [Team Member]
6/4/2010 11:17:34 PM
Napa, then run it through the account at work to get a bit of a discount. Only go to Autozone or Oreilly if i cant find it at Napa. For some reason my dad runs duralast batterys and so i got one for my jeep 4 years ago and still going strong.
sel366  [Team Member]
6/4/2010 11:18:52 PM
Originally Posted By not_sure:
Originally Posted By sel366:
Autozone brand products suck. Every item I've purchased from them with the Duralast badge has malfunctioned/broke/leaked..........I've replaced four heater cores in my Bronco in the last two years. They start to leak after a few months of use and have to be replaced. Thank the good Lord that they come with a lifetime free replacement warranty.

I've also had to exchange a battery three times in one year due to being defective. I've put three sets of brake pads on my Bronco in 18 months due to uneven wear. I've had a starter go bad after six months from them. I've learned my lesson and will go to the Carquest across town. Autozone is closer since it is literally across the street, but FUCK them.


I don't know how hard your heater core is to replace, but it would probably be worth it to just get a good one and stop replacing it.


Ten minutes tops thru the glove box.
POLARISGUY  [Member]
6/4/2010 11:19:37 PM
NAPA is higher priced but quality is a large factor when they choose a vender. This does make them some times a little higher priced, AZ oreiley and advanced look at price point as there 1 consideration when choosin a vender,

Also 95% of NAPA stores are private owned so there is a lot to be said for supporting a local owned business that chooses to carry quality parts not cheep parts. Just my 2 cents
MustardTiger  [Team Member]
6/4/2010 11:21:11 PM
Originally Posted By jfrankparnell:
o'reilly because he does it live.


;) I see what you did there...

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1Andy2  [Team Member]
6/4/2010 11:21:49 PM
O'reilleys.

Autozone isn't even worth going to. Their employees don't know shit, they don't care to know shit, they won't look for shit, and their database doesn't cross-reference with anything.

C5TT  [Member]
6/4/2010 11:23:52 PM
Napa if i need the part yesterday and dont want to wait for online shipping.

What you call "autozone" i refer to as "vatozone" here in AZ.
Their vendors quality in my experience has been shit at best.
Nemolicious  [Team Member]
6/4/2010 11:38:00 PM
I won't shop at the O store, Advance, or Autozone. You get what you pay for and I hate doing the same job more than once. In some cases, I had to look beyond the similar packaging, when the product inside wasn't the quality it should have been. Just my experience, tho.
OklahomaSam  [Team Member]
6/4/2010 11:40:42 PM
O'Reilly's has front axle bearing packs for my Duramax on-hand.

They consistently have the hard-to-find parts that I can't get anywhere but the stealer.

I get pretty good service from all the parts stores here, the discriminator is who has the parts I need in stock.

P400  [Member]
6/4/2010 11:46:59 PM
+1 on Autozone's shitty Duralast products sucking balls. Fuck them and their low-grade crap!

The Advance in my neck of the woods seems pretty decent.

When the local stores fail me I usually have good luck at rockauto.com
WindKnot1-1  [Member]
6/4/2010 11:51:00 PM
NAPA. I walked into an Auto Zone and asked for points and a condenser for my Scout. The Deer in headlights look from the counter guy sealed it for me. "What are points?"
WindKnot1-1  [Member]
6/4/2010 11:55:20 PM
Originally Posted By not_sure:
Originally Posted By sel366:
Autozone brand products suck. Every item I've purchased from them with the Duralast badge has malfunctioned/broke/leaked..........I've replaced four heater cores in my Bronco in the last two years. They start to leak after a few months of use and have to be replaced. Thank the good Lord that they come with a lifetime free replacement warranty.

I've also had to exchange a battery three times in one year due to being defective. I've put three sets of brake pads on my Bronco in 18 months due to uneven wear. I've had a starter go bad after six months from them. I've learned my lesson and will go to the Carquest across town. Autozone is closer since it is literally across the street, but FUCK them.


I don't know how hard your heater core is to replace, but it would probably be worth it to just get a good one and stop replacing it.


He's probably getting pretty good at it by now!
PugglePod9000  [Member]
6/5/2010 12:01:33 AM
NAPA!

Autozone/O'Riley is Walmart/Target crap.

NAPA is a nice department store -and I'm worth it.
TheJammer  [Team Member]
6/5/2010 12:07:06 AM
Used to go to Advance.

Now got to O'Reillys.
not_sure  [Team Member]
6/5/2010 12:15:20 AM
Originally Posted By sel366:
Originally Posted By not_sure:
Originally Posted By sel366:
Autozone brand products suck. Every item I've purchased from them with the Duralast badge has malfunctioned/broke/leaked..........I've replaced four heater cores in my Bronco in the last two years. They start to leak after a few months of use and have to be replaced. Thank the good Lord that they come with a lifetime free replacement warranty.

I've also had to exchange a battery three times in one year due to being defective. I've put three sets of brake pads on my Bronco in 18 months due to uneven wear. I've had a starter go bad after six months from them. I've learned my lesson and will go to the Carquest across town. Autozone is closer since it is literally across the street, but FUCK them.


I don't know how hard your heater core is to replace, but it would probably be worth it to just get a good one and stop replacing it.


Ten minutes tops thru the glove box.


I didn't know that was possible. I have replaced them on two cars, the easy one was a 82 Saab 900. It took several hours in uncomfortable positions, not counting trying to cleanup the coolant on the floor. The other one was a Fox body car. I swear they started with the heater core when they built those cars. The whole dash board had to come out.
Sturmgewehr-JD  [Team Member]
6/5/2010 12:16:21 AM
Shop NAPA

They have the best quality parts and the best sales clerks.

I should know, I am one...
sixgunsblazing  [Team Member]
6/5/2010 12:34:54 AM
Small town local owned shop, carquest franchise.

If I know what I need, and have time, rockauto.com
GarandM1  [Team Member]
6/5/2010 12:36:02 AM

Originally Posted By doggscube:
Aren't they all the same now?

O'Reilly's closest to me, seems OK.

O'Reilly bought out Checker/Kragen.
kingoftheroad  [Team Member]
6/5/2010 12:37:28 AM
O'Rielys then NAPA, only because O'Rielys is much closer.
photokirk  [Team Member]
6/5/2010 12:38:38 AM
AutoZone is great if you want to hang neon lights under your ricer POS. The guys at Oreilly actually know about cars and how to fix them.
byron2112  [Member]
6/5/2010 12:44:59 AM
I just had an awesome experience at Auto zone, where they saved me prolly $100 (over dealer who I absolutely do not trust)checking my codes for free. The guy I dealt with was actually pretty knowledgeable and didn't try too sell me any BS... was really helpful steering me in the direction of the true problem. First time I've ever been in one, and I'd have to rate this particular experience about as good as it gets from a place like this, and I didn't spend a dime there.

Never been in an O'Reilly's, but been in Shucks plenty of times... I find them to be the Walmart of parts stores... plenty of dumb asses behind the counter, not a place I'd go for advice, and have had trouble getting the right part too... but I do like dumping used oil there.

Napa does seem on a higher knowledge level, but I've had the gunshop experience there where the asshole behind the counter is wasting my time talking to his hick buddy instead of selling me parts... hate that.

When I was really into working on my own stuff, me and my grease monkey buddies always shopped at Big Wheel... guys behind the counter there seemed to know there stuff.
Keith_J  [Team Member]
6/5/2010 12:48:48 AM

Originally Posted By photokirk:
AutoZone is great if you want to hang neon lights under your ricer POS. The guys at Oreilly actually know about cars and how to fix them.

Some. I needed brake fittings for a custom job...only NAPA carries bulk steel brake line and the fittings.
Hawk_308  [Team Member]
6/5/2010 12:49:48 AM
Napa , seems to be better shit most of the time.
spankybear  [Team Member]
6/5/2010 12:58:20 AM
I like NAPA because the guys these don't need to ask if my truck has A/C when I am buying brakes
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