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Re: What has happened to NAPA [Re: 007] #5124930
06/04/19 09:36 AM
06/04/19 09:36 AM
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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.

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Re: What has happened to NAPA [Re: 007] #5124979
06/04/19 10:41 AM
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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...

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Re: What has happened to NAPA [Re: 007] #5124987
06/04/19 10:50 AM
06/04/19 10:50 AM
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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.


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Re: What has happened to NAPA [Re: 007] #5125134
06/04/19 01:51 PM
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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 07:52 PM
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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 09:54 PM
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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 10:07 PM
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True I believe ^^^^^^

As a general rule.


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Re: What has happened to NAPA [Re: 007] #5129073
06/09/19 08:00 AM
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I avoid NAPA like the plague - clueless people they hire drive me crazy.


Thanks,

Will

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