Recent Topics
Green coolant, future availability ?
by rubberchicken - 11/16/19 06:11 PM
Weird tire wear
by ledslinger - 11/16/19 04:50 PM
Why does Ford resell lemons?
by avacado11 - 11/16/19 04:07 PM
Slow initial response to loading web pages
by JHZR2 - 11/16/19 04:06 PM
Motorcraft FL-910S
by PW01 - 11/16/19 03:54 PM
Walmart ammo clearance
by redbone3 - 11/16/19 03:35 PM
GENERAL Q regarding SPX snow plow
by Kira - 11/16/19 03:13 PM
78 C10 at show
by WiskyBadger - 11/16/19 03:00 PM
300blk ammo?
by buck91 - 11/16/19 02:52 PM
The Rock is still alive!
by Char Baby - 11/16/19 02:48 PM
Weird fuel leak
by BeerCan - 11/16/19 01:02 PM
Sinopec 75w-90 Synthetic
by jdw1222 - 11/16/19 12:51 PM
Honda Oil Filter
by miden851 - 11/16/19 12:28 PM
VOA for QSAD 10w-40?
by natas - 11/16/19 12:02 PM
Ford v Ferrari - anyone seen the movie yet?
by Oro_O - 11/16/19 12:01 PM
who made this??
by ted s - 11/16/19 11:41 AM
Drill Bits
by MasterSolenoid - 11/16/19 11:32 AM
2000 Honda Insight Crunchy 1st & 2nd
by Rmay635703 - 11/16/19 09:32 AM
Update Site to VerticalScope Inc board?
by CB900F2 - 11/16/19 09:27 AM
Newest Members
billad67, aka_Claus, Diverdown, natas, matt3540
69886 Registered Users
Who's Online Now
90 registered members (4WD, 2003f7, Aichiguy, Al, 2K2AcuraTL, 13 invisible), 2,034 guests, and 18 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Statistics
Forums67
Topics297,515
Posts5,117,174
Members69,886
Most Online3,589
Nov 2nd, 2019
Donate to BITOG
Print Thread
Hop To
Page 3 of 3 1 2 3
Re: What has happened to NAPA [Re: 007] #5124930 06/04/19 08:36 AM
Joined: Jun 2014
Posts: 2,303
V
Vern_in_IL Offline
Offline
V
Joined: Jun 2014
Posts: 2,303
Quote
Our Napa still has the old parts books, for now. Who can say how much longer they will be around. Maybe its because there are a couple older gentleman working there, and have been there for years?


Careful, gotta check them parts! Got a older store around here, Advance Auto locally owned, previously was Lincoln Auto Parts-Parts Plus, and the building is a custom job, add on, and apparently the humidity control is not very good, since I get surface rust on Transmission filters that have been sitting on the shelf for years.... not cool.

Last edited by Vern_in_IL; 06/04/19 08:37 AM.
Re: What has happened to NAPA [Re: 007] #5124979 06/04/19 09:41 AM
Joined: Dec 2016
Posts: 481
5
5AcresAndAFool Offline
Offline
5
Joined: Dec 2016
Posts: 481
Almost 20 years ago I worked at a repair shop that was a napa autocare center. I wasn't too crazy with some of thier economy line stuff but I always felt good about using napa gold parts. The parts were always great quality.

That Napa had one of the best auto machine shops in the area. I loved that place.

I have since moved away and the local Napa is ok, but while the owner is there he can be an old curmudgeon and not in a good way. The help is not bad there, but the parts are definitely not what they were back in the day. It's sad but people want cheap, cheap, cheap!

They have basically closed thier machine shop and if you really beg the owner they will machine rotors, but he really would rather sell Chinese rotors to you, and the cheapest of the cheap rotors are usually not much more than the cost of machining. But when a rotor is oem and I spent 75 bucks a piece on them I will pay the machining cost.

Seems we know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

My coworker is this way and I find it amusing how he always goes for the absolute lowest cost, still complains they are getting rich off it, then has to replace whatever it is because it was the cheapest possible junk he could find. That or it doesn't fit right, dont work right ect...

Last edited by 5AcresAndAFool; 06/04/19 09:44 AM.
Re: What has happened to NAPA [Re: 007] #5124987 06/04/19 09:50 AM
Joined: Mar 2012
Posts: 8,435
E
edyvw Offline
Offline
E
Joined: Mar 2012
Posts: 8,435
Originally Posted by 007
Used to be when you went to NAPA you might pay extra but got a quality AMERICAN MADE product. Now or should I say in the past few years everything from filters to regular parts, it seems they are all made in the same places off shore as those being sold on the cheap by companies like AUTOZONE, ADVANCED AUTO etc. What is the point of paying extra for the same product?

NO HATERS PLEASE. Just seeing if I am the only one disappointed in what is happening when it comes to buying those PREMIUM products. Where do we go?

There are a lot of premium products made off shore. I am not sure buying American made is guarantee of quality. I would say brand name today is much more important.


15' Toyota Sienna AWD (Mobil1 5W30 EP+OEM filter).
11' VW Tiguan 2.0T (Castrol 0W40+MANN filter)
Re: What has happened to NAPA [Re: 007] #5125134 06/04/19 12:51 PM
Joined: Jan 2004
Posts: 6,019
N
nthach Offline
Offline
N
Joined: Jan 2004
Posts: 6,019
When I was a kid and my dad was tinkering around with the family car, I remember going to the local parts houses. They had catalogs, stools, NASCAR/NHRA paraphernalia and a mostly blue-collar clientele. I hung out at a place called City Auto Supply when I was toying around on cars before I got my driver's license - this was before San Francisco became a tech hub, around the time of the 1st .com boom. They were a classic local autoparts store with the stools, catalogs, cases of oil nudie mags and posters in the back. The guys eventually bartered a very generous parts discount for helping them keep the parts in the back stocked, shelves stocked with oil and coolant and walking over to the local Arco with their parts.

I preferred those guys to AutoZone and Kragen back when I was doing small stuff to the parent's cars. Now, Amazon and the local parts house as well as the dealer get my parts business. I only go to AutoZone or O'Reilly for fluids. I haven't stepped foot into a Napa, they aren't as plentiful and it seems like AZ rules in the Bay Area. A friend of mine who works in tech bemoaned about the quality of parts from AZ, and he told me I was right about getting things on Amazon.

Re: What has happened to NAPA [Re: nthach] #5125361 06/04/19 06:52 PM
Joined: Jun 2007
Posts: 501
F
ffhdriver Offline
Offline
F
Joined: Jun 2007
Posts: 501
Haven't used NAPA in several year since a store manager told me the reason the starter I got there wouldn't fit my Miata was because the mechanic didn't know what he was doing. Bolt holes were wrong. Stater was in the wrong box, He wouldn't give me a refund, but a call to " his boss" got me the refund.

Re: What has happened to NAPA [Re: grampi] #5126516 06/05/19 08:54 PM
Joined: Oct 2017
Posts: 454
H
HowAboutThis Offline
Offline
H
Joined: Oct 2017
Posts: 454
Originally Posted by grampi
Originally Posted by HowAboutThis
OEM is often cheaper and better quality than aftermarket stores, from my experience.


Definitely better quality, but usually more expensive...


Definitely depends on the part and what level of quality aftermarket you choose.

Re: What has happened to NAPA [Re: HowAboutThis] #5126520 06/05/19 09:07 PM
Joined: Mar 2015
Posts: 7,043
B
bbhero Online Content
Online Content
B
Joined: Mar 2015
Posts: 7,043
True I believe ^^^^^^

As a general rule.


Nissan Altima 3.5 Coupe
Cam2 Dexos1 Gen 2 5w30 Wix 57356 Oil filter
"Treat your family like your friends and treat your friends like your family."
Re: What has happened to NAPA [Re: 007] #5129073 06/09/19 07:00 AM
Joined: Jul 2010
Posts: 298
W
WillB Offline
Offline
W
Joined: Jul 2010
Posts: 298
I avoid NAPA like the plague - clueless people they hire drive me crazy.


Thanks,

Will

2016 Jeep Sahara JKU
2017 Ram 1500 Crew Cab 4x4 Hemi 5.7 6 Speed Auto - Traded.
2011 GMC 1500 CC 4WD 4.8 - Traded.

04 GMC 1500CC Z71 350,000km 217,000 miles - Retired.
Page 3 of 3 1 2 3
Previous Thread
Index
Next Thread

BOB IS THE OIL GUY® Powered by UBB.threads™