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Old 05-21-2018, 10:35 PM   #1
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When common go-to places like IPD, rockauto or pelicanparts don't have a random or obscure part, what parts sight do you generally turn to? I'm a little hesitant to just google the part number and just throw my credit card info at the first site that pops up.
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Old 05-21-2018, 11:39 PM   #2
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Skandix euro expensive shipping tho
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Old 05-22-2018, 01:58 AM   #3
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Rock auto seems to have a lot of OEM and decent OE replacements you can't find elsewhere, and the prices are better than FCP or IPd or others. I'm also continually impressed by NAPA's quality and selection when I need something faster (granted I live right next to a major distribution center).
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Old 05-22-2018, 02:52 AM   #4
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Any volvo dealer that can still get the part for ya is a safe, but usually expensive bet. Volvopartswebstore is good. Smith Volvo...etc
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Old 05-22-2018, 02:53 AM   #5
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If it's something OEM Volvo, then I hit up Smith Volvo...

http://www.volvowholesalepartsdirect.com/

If I need it quickly, then I will see if Ravenna Volvo can pricematch them.

If it's something that I don't need OEM, I'll usually go through Autosport Seattle (a local shop that deals with Worldpac). If the item is more than $50, yeah, it's going to be a little more than iPd, due to sales tax, but I'll have it within a couple hours or so, instead of having to wait 2-3 days. Less than $50, then everything evens out, since the tax usually is equal or less than the shipping cost.
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Old 05-22-2018, 05:49 AM   #6
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Tasca in the northeast.
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Old 05-22-2018, 05:49 AM   #7
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FCP Euro in CT or Tasca Volvo Online.

I made the mistake of going to the dealership yesterday because I need a water pump gasket and the two rubber seals quickly and felt like I was held up at gun point. $44.00 for the three parts. I've felt less taken advantage of leaving a Vegas strip club.
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Old 05-22-2018, 09:35 AM   #8
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Just a quickie input... depending on the year of your car, Pelican Parts and ICP will have parts that claim to fit but, OF COURSE, don't once you try it. If you have a '70'smobile then watch out for them fuel filters and fuel pump check valves. Rock Auto & Volvo online warehouse are definitely my go to's, with the Volvo store being the most expesivest :D. Parts Geek is ok-ish, but more expensive on the same parts Rock Auto has (bosch injectors on PG = $40+, RA = $34).
ICP hasn't done me any justice yet, except on dem ceramic fuse pack (waaaay cheaper than autozone). Though I still have some love for them since they hold the real deal Holyfield on 240 suspension parts (poly that is). So their day is approaching. Ima counting on them.....
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Old 05-22-2018, 09:59 AM   #9
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It used to be easy. Old school FCP Groton for everything. Now, the process becomes analysis paralysis as I compare prices and shipping costs between Amazon, Tasca, FCP, and Rockauto.

Rockauto always has the best prices but the shipping charges from all the different warehouses can add up quick, making it cheaper to buy from elsewhere.

FCP usually has decent prices and free shipping. UPS ground gets it to me in 1-2 days, and their free shipping is 3-4.

Amazon almost always is the most expensive, but sometimes it makes sense with Prime shipping.

Tasca consistently has good Genuine part prices, little cheaper than FCP.

Oh, I remember fondly the days of the old school FCP website. And their hole-in-the wall brick and mortar shop.
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Old 05-22-2018, 10:01 AM   #10
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Worldpac through work. Tasca or Volvo of Lisle for OEM stuff since the local dealers around here suck.
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Old 05-22-2018, 11:42 AM   #11
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Carquest/WorldPac. They usually have it ready for pick up in half day or next day.
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Old 05-22-2018, 11:55 AM   #12
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www.volvopartslisle.com Super nice folks and good pricing.
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Old 05-22-2018, 12:21 PM   #13
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Tasca generally has the best prices for Genuine Volvo parts, but they can take up to a week to ship, so not ideal if you're in a crunch.
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Old 05-22-2018, 12:26 PM   #14
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It used to be easy. Old school FCP Groton for everything. Now, the process becomes analysis paralysis as I compare prices and shipping costs between Amazon, Tasca, FCP, and Rockauto.
Ha, truth.

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When you know the p/n of what you are looking for, sometimes deals will turn up on ebay or Rock Auto that don't show when you search for your specific car.
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Old 05-22-2018, 03:00 PM   #15
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I look up the part number in the book and then do a search.

Bizarrely, I've found a lot of parts on Amazon & Ebay this way.

A good example of searching for the Elring OE part number HG set on Amazon yielded this gem:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 05-22-2018, 03:57 PM   #16
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VoluParts for hard to find items.
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Old 05-22-2018, 04:05 PM   #17
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The parking lots of Ikea, Crate & Barrel and vape shops. I never have to spend a penny.

Ipd, fcp, tasca, rockauto and the local dealer.
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Old 05-22-2018, 04:26 PM   #18
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I try not to succumb to corporate level marketing ploys but the customer service I've received from FCP simply can't be argued with. UNFORTUNATELY, I've had to interact with them on this twice because of an erroneous part being shipped in lieu of the part I needed, but they stepped up and got it handled. They've also accepted returns from me no questions asked and added "emergency" parts to an order mid process.

As I'm also a Saab owner (classic 900, fight me) I order a lot of stuff from eeuroparts and they seem to be the FCP equivalent there. As there is a fair amount of crossover on the Saab and the Volvo... they're a good place to check for weird stuff.

Tasca is also a given, but you've got to be a parts catalog person to really dig into it.

IPD is great in their support... but they've lately fallen to second and a half for me.
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Old 05-22-2018, 06:04 PM   #19
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FCP usually has decent prices and free shipping. UPS ground gets it to me in 1-2 days, and their free shipping is 3-4.
I didn't mention FCP because someone else did.
I like FCP and appreciate their commitment to DIY'ers. I've rolled with their changes over the years.
Their lifetime guaranty is the real deal and I've used it with no hassle whatsoever.
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It used to be easy. Old school FCP Groton for everything. Now, the process becomes analysis paralysis as I compare prices and shipping costs between Amazon, Tasca, FCP, and Rockauto.

Rockauto always has the best prices but the shipping charges from all the different warehouses can add up quick, making it cheaper to buy from elsewhere.

FCP usually has decent prices and free shipping. UPS ground gets it to me in 1-2 days, and their free shipping is 3-4.

Amazon almost always is the most expensive, but sometimes it makes sense with Prime shipping.

Tasca consistently has good Genuine part prices, little cheaper than FCP.

Oh, I remember fondly the days of the old school FCP website. And their hole-in-the wall brick and mortar shop.

I know this is an older thread, but thanks for that. Analysis Paralysis is exactly what I am routinely experiencing. I thought I was the only one.
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Old 02-14-2019, 10:48 AM   #21
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Gotta throw in Voluparts in Atlanta where I have been spending my Volvo bucks since '78. Not only are they a dismantle and inventory salvage yard but they carry just about everything in new repair parts that a dealer would stock and a lot that they do not.

Bill and his crew will also find part numbers, help diagnose issues and even been known to assist in simple repairs. There is a world of knowledge and experience behind their counter.

They do extensive on-line and phone parts sales also.
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I've been a dealership parts counterman (not Volvo) for 25 years and the guys at Volvo Village in Danvers Mass are probably the best I've ever dealt with. I can call them with PNs for stuff on my old pantload 240s and now 940s and they tell me what the part is without looking it up. It's damn impressive.

Use your local dealer chain as much as you can afford. I have a great relationship with the guys at VV and they go out of their way to track stuff down or get it coming for me. Too many times I was told by other dealers that stuff was "discontinued" only to find out it was Volvo Classic and they didn't want to be bothered.

I use FCP and eEuroparts for mail order. I like eEuro because they race.
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eBay

Find your proper OE part #, create a search, wait, Score!

Patience and preparation FTW
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Old 02-14-2019, 01:39 PM   #24
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EBay

Find your proper OE part #, create a search, wait, Score!

Patience and preparation FTW
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EBay

Find your proper OE part #, create a search, wait, Score!

Patience and preparation FTW
eBay is where I always find the best prices on genuine Volvo spark plugs. Seems to always be some dealer blowing out there stock.
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