Parts Pricing

Discussion in 'Heavy Duty Diesel Truck Mechanics Forum' started by csmith1281, Aug 8, 2020.

  1. csmith1281

    csmith1281 Medium Load Member

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    Trying to figure out the best place to put my truck in the shop next week. In weighing pros and cons of different places, I’m wondering: do independent shops buy their parts from the dealer then mark them up so that I will pay a higher price for parts of those shops and I I would at the dealer? Dealer labor is always higher, so if what I suspect is correct, maybe it’s a trade off? Or is what I suspect even correct to begin with?
     
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  3. AModelCat

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    Independent guys most likely mark up the parts. On the flip side, they buy a larger volume of parts than your typical 1 and 2 truck operation so they typically get better pricing when they purchase the parts too. Might work out to being close to the same in the end.
     
  4. jbatmick

    jbatmick Road Train Member

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    Also depends on type of work performed. Many generic parts are sold at discount parts houses, which, even after being marked up by the shop, will be much cheaper.
    I buy all of my parts through a parts house, and even if they have to come from dealer, are cheaper than if I went to dealer.
    I have a great relationship with the shop I use, they will let me buy my parts myself and deliver to shop. I go to parts house and get nearly the same discount they do.
    Only problem is, if something goes wrong with part, the shop does not warranty the stuff I supplied.
     
  5. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

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    The problem with the Dealer, is the added shop supplies, environment fees, disposal fees, we just feel like ripping you off fees. A friend of mine once offered to clean the whole shop, to avoid shop cleaning fees. Lol.
     
  6. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    Shop cleaning fees? That's definitely a sham.

    I always charge my cleanup time to the work order. Its part of the job. The bay should look the same at the end of the job as it did at the start of the job.
     
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    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

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    The best was in Wisconsin, they charged a Stadium tax, My Buddies like WTF? I’m not even a fan! Lol.
     
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    A good friend of mine used these people and they seem to have great ratings. The local independent shop I use does buy the Paccar parts from Pete, but they don’t pay full price and mark them up like you asked about. They buy at wholesale very similar to any other parts. The biggest advantage I see in using a local independent shop is that they don’t park my rig in the lot for days before they pull it in like Peterbilt generally does. I schedule the work and I show up the morning they actually do the work. In my case this saves thousands of dollars in downtime for most of the normal repairs and maintenance. FB98D869-A7F6-4D53-A633-0B3ADD492ABA.png
     
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  9. StrokerTSi

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    I've heard haggia is the place to go if you got an isx.
     
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  10. stillwurkin

    stillwurkin Road Train Member

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    Think Pittsburgh did that also. That is just wrong. Taxpayers paying for a stadium so overpaid sports figures can have a place to ply their trade. Like your community taxing the residents so you can purchase a different truck of your choice. I figure the players and team owners could put their own money together and build their own dang stadiums.
     
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  11. stillwurkin

    stillwurkin Road Train Member

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    I get most of my work done at Hunters, Eau Claire Pa. They are not a bargin. But i consider how quick i can get in and out. Two shifts. All parts are on premises. They charge plenty for the parts. I am 50 some miles away and they have loaner vehicles i can drive home. Don't get me wrong i have used small shops. Had Diesel Injection rebuild my C-15 in 2014. My theory was one guy working on it only. Mike probably forgot more about engines that most, including me will ever know. Him and Ron both.
     
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