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Old 12-04-2001, 22:12   #1 (permalink)
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Ford spare parts rip-off

We are buying a new work car, I managed to convince the powers to be to get a Laser over a Corolla (even though the Laser is about $600 dearer). It helped that the Transport Officer is a mad keen Geelong supporter, guess who sponsers them? Anyway, we decided to get front & rear carpet mats and a drivers side weatheshield as well. Prices: Mats $91.49, Weathershield $76.42 . Hell, it doesn't come out of my pocket so why should I care, but still is very exy if you ask me. And no , I haven't checked the equivalent Toyota parts, I expect they are similar in price. Add GST to those prices as well.
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And no , I haven't checked the equivalent Toyota parts, I expect they are similar in price.
That's exactly right. I have no doubt that the Toymotor parts would be just as pricey, if not substantially more. After all, Toymotor's motto is ".. at Toymotor, EVERYTHING'S an option!!" :s5
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Old 12-04-2001, 22:18   #3 (permalink)
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Never buy extras from the dealer with the new car. The mark up is huge. They do very nicely from headlight and bonnet protectors etc that you can get at K-mart for an awful lot less. Same often applies to things like paint and fabric protection etc if its bought throught the dealer instead of direct from a supplier.
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The trick is to start negotiating these little extras just before you sign the contract, they're usually so commited they just throw them in!. Can't remember the last time I paid for mats & headlight protectors; oh yeh I bought 'em at K-Mart!!
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Depends who you know in the spares dept.........<G>
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Old 12-05-2001, 00:42   #6 (permalink)
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yeh I agree on most counts....it does depend on who you know in the parts dept..hehehehe..but yes in some cases the mark-up is obscene!
Never ever buy a car without asking for things to be thrown in...DRU842 is dead right on that one...
Things to watch out for though with Kmart & equivalent especially on headlamp covers is that they must meet ADR's........
quite often non-gen covers dont, and they will cut down the amount of light let through quite significantly...
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I paid $40 for my mats from Big W. Sure.. they dont have "XR" emroidered on them... but if they did ... I probably wouldnt want to put my feet on them and get them grubby.
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That's exactly right. I have no doubt that the Toymotor parts would be just as pricey, if not substantially more. After all, Toymotor's motto is ".. at Toymotor, EVERYTHING'S an option!!" :s5
exactly right, call toyota and get a price on a set of HT leads for a lexen then call holden and you'll be surprised. Last time i checked there was a bit of a difference....
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The trick is to start negotiating these little extras just before you sign the contract, they're usually so commited they just throw them in!. Can't remember the last time I paid for mats & headlight protectors; oh yeh I bought 'em at K-Mart!!

Precisely!!!!

When we bought the XR6, we got XR mats, the XR headlamp protectors, rubber mat for the boot, and mud flaps (our XR is without the bodykit) and bonnet protector.

Yes, after we agreed on price, so then he couldn't bump the price up after we demanded these things!

It was a situation where we said include these things, or we walk.

I suppose it helps when there are three Ford dealerships within twenty minutes from home.
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when i bought an au xls ute a couple of years ago, the one that we test drove was a so called "demo" car, with a whopping 300klm on it. I got a real good deal on it, and when i was about to sign for it the salesman said "hang on I havent charged you for the mudspats, bonnet or headlight protectors" which where already on the car! I told him i didnt want the car if he wouldnt throw them in, and whaddya know - i drove it home that day!
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