Can't Get Enough
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Waldorf, Maryland
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Re: Kudos for Auto Zone: U-JOINTS!
Tim, I am quite a the tight wad when it comes to buying parts. I always shop prices at local auto parts stores, and luckily I have a Pep Boys, Trak Auto, NAPA, and Auto Zone all within a 2 mile radius. I have bought the same U-joints from Auto Zone in the past and they are just as good as any. I find Auto Zone usually has the best prices out of most of the big retail auto parts chains.
However, when I replaced my stock exhaust on my Samurai to get it through inspection, everywhere I checked wanted around $120 for the muffler and tailpipe together. Trak Auto wanted $37.95 for the muffler and $18.95 for the tail pipe. Everywhere else sold the two as a unit and I really only needed the muffler. I saved over $80.
I have found the same thing true with an alternator I rescently purchased for my Chevrolet. For the same exact rated alternator, some wanted as high as $130 and Pep Boys sold it for $69.95.
Our local Auto Zone and Pep Boys here will match prices for you too. You could find the part elsewhere and they will call and give you the same price. I will do that when one parts store doesn't have the price in stock but has a better price. Usually out of the two, Auto Zone or Pep Boys, one will have it in stock.
87' Samurai, 5.5" SPOA, 2" longer shackles, Modified CJ-5/Samurai springs, 31x10.5-15's, Hi-lift jack, and a crapped out 1.3L engine.