good part finder/info site?

mwaughmwaugh Member Posts: 3
edited April 2014 in Ford
I've been to a couple part finder sites but none of them work very well!

First, you've gotta to fill out a form and wait for them to get back to you -- on their time. What happened to the internet's promise of automatic real-time shopping? Then on a few occassions, the price they list is more than I want to pay, I know that it's cheaper elsewhere. I don't have all the time in the world to try to find it on line, get off line and order, paying a higher price.

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  • 0patience0patience Oregon CoastMember Posts: 1,712
    Who posted this? I don't understand what you are looking for.
  • mwaughmwaugh Member Posts: 3
    Sorry, I'll be clearer:

    My dad left me his old 1981 Ford Ranger. I need to get some shocks for it. I went online to look for them, but had trouble getting any good information.

    I guess I'm expressing my frustration at using the part finder sites on the internet that I've found. What sites do you use, and where can I find them?
  • 0patience0patience Oregon CoastMember Posts: 1,712
    These are the 2 I use the most.

    They have pretty reasonable prices.


    http://www.northernautoparts.com/

    http://www.expressautoparts.com/

  • bfredabfreda Member Posts: 3
    The site I use....

    www.autowhiz.com

    They let you comparison shop for parts, and help you find out who has the best deal among the major parts vendors. Check em out! I usually save 5-10 bucks by using their search software and getting the best deal...
  • 0patience0patience Oregon CoastMember Posts: 1,712
    OK, here is a comparison.

    I checked on a water pump for a 99 Chevy Lumina

    http://www.expressautoparts.com $33.20

    http://www.autowhiz.com $46.00

    http://www.gmpartsdirect.com $39.81

    http://www.trademotion.com/partlocator/index.cfm?siteid=809 $51.75


    So, you can draw your own conclusions from it.

  • bfredabfreda Member Posts: 3
    Here is another comparison. I looked for shocks for a 1981 Ford F150, which is the part that the person starting this string was looking for.


    http://www.expressautoparts.com $14.45


    http://www.autowhiz.com $12.71


    http://www.gmpartsdirect.com didn't have


    http://www.trademotion.com/partlocator/index.cfm?siteid=809 didn't have


    Again, draw your own conclusions.

  • 0patience0patience Oregon CoastMember Posts: 1,712
    What is the saying about you get what you pay for?

    bfreda,
    No offense, but the water pumps were all the same brand. With shocks, you may be sacrificing quality for price. I am not endorsing any of them, but having more than one to choose from, will allow you to get a decent price for quality parts.

    Remember, if you buy a cheap part, you may not save any money in the long run.
  • ryanbabryanbab Member Posts: 7,240
    WWW.COPARTFINDER.COM
  • mwaughmwaugh Member Posts: 3
    Quality is without question of grave importance when buying a part, be it shocks or headlamps. I definitely agree with Opatience on that. It's a good point too that by searching out, exposing yourself to a wider array of choices, you're more likely to find that quality part at the best price.

    With all that in mind, I went to:

    northernparts.com
    expressautoparts.com
    copartfinder.com
    autowhiz.com

    I found autowhiz to be the best because it searched about seven or so part sites.

    I really didn't know there was such a range in part prices -- even of the same part or parts of the same brand -- from one seller site to the next.
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