what brand parts to buy


Old 06-28-08, 09:26 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 4
what brand parts to buy

I was wondering if the added cost of napa autoparts was worth it compared to autozone parts. Are they of a higher quality? I would think so considering the price discrepancy.
Sponsored Links
Old 06-29-08, 05:33 AM
Forum Topic Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 44,196
I think a lot depends on what you are buying. I know there are those who swear by NAPA but autozone fits my budget better and for the most part the warranties are the same.
Old 06-29-08, 06:07 AM
Banned. Rule And/Or Policy Violation
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 504
You would have to look at the box and determine where it was made. USA; cost is higher, as is quality. China; cheap, and cheap.
Old 06-29-08, 03:06 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 4
Thanks for the replies. I guess I should try and stick to parts made in the good old USA then.
Old 06-29-08, 09:10 PM
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: North Central Indiana
Posts: 912
In order to be competitave NAPA has different grades of parts. So know what you are buying. I dont buy their cheap line. And some of the NAPA stuff is made in china. RW
Old 07-17-08, 06:38 PM
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 7

As stated, it really depends on the parts. I go out of my way (unfortuneatly, sometimes its wayyyy out of the way) to find Parts made here. Somthing else I do is have my starters/alternators rebuilt by a local shop. This keeps the money local and is usually cheaper.

Last edited by spotstealer; 07-17-08 at 06:39 PM. Reason: spelling
Old 07-19-08, 09:22 AM
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: North Texas
Posts: 2,345

I have had no luck with zone parts. Take for example a starter At auto zone old starters a sent hundreds on a truck and hauled off to Mexico for a so called overhaul with to them is a set of new brushes and a can of black spray paint. So now you might have a point at saying but they have a lifetime warranty. But think do you really want to do a job two times because of a bad part?
Another example was a heater blower moter I was replacing on my dads 94 caprice the zone had one but the squirel cage was about 1/2 inch shorter and the wires had no plug on them like the oem and it still reeked of fresh spray paint. They said it was a uneversal fit.
Napa did not have one but they ordered the exact replacment for the car and it came in next day. No hacking of wires required and it went in no problem.
To me the Zone is ok for things like oil,wax,plugs,air freshners, airfilters anything but big ticket items like alternators,starters or any kind of electrial moter. That is just IMO.
Old 08-17-08, 06:41 PM
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: West Texas
Posts: 5
Alot of it is definately going to depend on your budget and how far out of your way you'll have to go. I love anything made in the U.S.A. I know AZ doesn't have much made here, but I haven't had a problem yet with my 1st 68, or my 81, or now my 86. NAPA has been in our town many many years before AutoZone or O'reilly. Bad thing is...small town service comes with a big time price tag. I'm all about keeping my money local too, but sometimes my budget doesn't feel the same way. As mentioned though, look at the parts you want to buy and see where they're made...
My two cents...

Old 08-18-08, 01:45 PM
Join Date: May 2001
Posts: 516
I buy electricals, starters, alternators and belts at Napa. Almost everything else at autozone. Autozone carries a huge inventory of parts where napa will sometimes have to order.

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes