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John 1972

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  1. John 1972

    Customer's buying their own parts

    Forgot to say that I'm in Ireland not USA so things are slightly different regarding pricing but your points are still valid. Liability is with us if anything goes wrong. Just recently we noticed some websites are shipping parts from Germany for significantly less than we can buy. We said this to our parts supplier and they can't match the prices either. This is just the way things are going now, so we made a decision to meet it head on. There is a national vehicle Road worthiness test here so customers wait until the car fails the test and then have a list of faults to rectify. If they buy parts to rectify the faults from our supplier we will carry out the work at a slightly higher labour rate. We won't let them supply parts from any other source. Without a test fail sheet, we offer a vehicle check and let them make an appointment to get the parts fitted at a later date. We charge for the inspection and again a slightly higher labour rate. Once they have been cleared by us to buy parts from our supplier, we get a cut of ANY parts, accessories etc they buy
  2. John 1972

    Customer's buying their own parts

    Getting 10-15% back on parts normally. The parts shop owner used to work as a Motorcycle mechanic so appreciates the level of skill and tools required today. His business is 90% trade so only stocks good quality parts and will treat any warranty claims as if I had bought the parts directly from him. I think sometimes the customers think they are getting a better deal if they pay for the parts first then get them fitted. Maybe it just seems like that because they are handing over 2 smaller amounts of cash rather than one big amount.
  3. John 1972

    Customer's buying their own parts

    I have a local independent parts shop that I send customers to if they want to buy their own parts. They get a bit of discount, good quality parts and I get the difference between what they paid and what the parts should have cost me. Anybody else got a deal going with a parts supplier for referring business like this?


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