PACARs prices are almost criminal.

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by paul 1052, Mar 3, 2014.

  1. paul 1052

    paul 1052 Heavy Load Member

    Oct 9, 2010
    Sand Springs, Ok.
    A summer or 2 ago I broke a hood spring and remember telling my parts guy I wouldn't pay $100 for a spring and got one in the $70s. A few days ago I saw that I broke the other one, the dealer price was $124 for the spring, my parts guy said there was a price increase.

    Now, after I bought it my head just couldn't accept $124 for a hood spring so I did a Google search... online I found the same spring for $34.98. When I returned the part to my Pete dealer they asked why I returned it. I said I found one $90 cheaper that's why.

    He looked the part # up on his computer and said his price from PACAR was right at $100...that leaves PACAR almost making about 3 times more profit off the part than the dealer.

    I truly hate the system.
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  3. blairandgretchen

    blairandgretchen Road Train Member

    Dec 9, 2011
    South west Missouri
    Ahhhhh, the sheer beauty of free market capitalism.

    Good on you for being a bit smarter than the average bear.
  4. gpsman

    gpsman Road Train Member

    Dec 10, 2013
    Isn't that kinda like driving a Benz and complaining parts are overpriced...? OTOH, I had a key made at a dealer for my 379 for $4, and couldn't pass up a Pete hat for $5. OTOOH, I once had to get wiper blades at that dealer just above Corning CA (for a Volvo) and they were $16 a pop. If they'd been $100 I'd have had to pay it.
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  5. Jokingypsy

    Jokingypsy Medium Load Member

    Jan 4, 2013
    Baltimore, MD
    I used to be in the Harley business years ago. At that time a lot of the premium dealer parts were of lower quality than some of the aftermarket parts, or were made for Harley By the same aftermarket companies that some counter guy would tell you were nothing but junk. There are only so many companies out there that make things like springs, or pistons, batteries, etc. there are lots of parts on trucks, cars, motorcycles, etc that you might have twenty brands to choose from, that are all made by the same two or three manufactures. When looking at a lot of OEM parts, you may be buying an inferior product for a premium price, you are paying for the name on the box or bag it comes in, not the part. This is not true for all things , and some parts there simply is no aftermarket for. I guess moral of the story is purchase things wisely. My guess is Volvo , Cat, DD, and cummins probably do not make oil and air filters, but I know they cost a hell of a lot more then the aftermarket ones do.

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  6. that65

    that65 Light Load Member

    Jan 16, 2012
    Definatly look around, my local KW dealer is a rip off, I got online at, I bought a bunk heater for 875 shipped, my kw dealer wanted 1250, also on other parts I can save 25% to 50% if I can get the part number.
  7. gpsman

    gpsman Road Train Member

    Dec 10, 2013
    'Zactly. They create an illusion of choice, and their legal prey are those who measure quality by price. NAPA doesn't have factories all over the country manufacturing every part of every vehicle that bears their name.
  8. LBZ

    LBZ Road Train Member

    Oct 22, 2008
    Road to Nowhere
    Yeah, exact same issue with an air compressor on my truck. CAT was in the $600 range for a black one with their logo(made by Bendix) vs the one at the local KW dealer without the logo in the $300 range(made by Bendix too). Exact same compressor, just different paint & logo. Asked if maybe the CAT version came with all the fittings or the relief valve to justify some of the expense & the answer was NO.
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  9. old time

    old time Medium Load Member

    Mar 1, 2012
    I used to own a Mack Superliner. You want to talk about high priced parts. And nowhere else to get them except from Mack
  10. Oscar the KW

    Oscar the KW No Filter

    May 19, 2011
    And if you buy a can of yellow paint and spray it, it looks exactly the same.
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  11. SHO-TYME

    SHO-TYME Road Train Member

    Apr 20, 2011
    Dahlonega, GA
    It pays to look around, I broke an upper hood pivot, Pete wanted to sell me the whole hinge and pivot for $450, the upper piece only for $300, I found it used online at a place for $135, when I got there, they sold it to me for $80.
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