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Originally Posted by Mike11 View Post
They arn't too bad when you have got a Trade Card though
Absolutely, I bought 5 litres of oil for the van, and 5 litres for the merc, and paid less than the retail price would have been for the van's oil alone!

Although, it has to be said, I will support the small business 9/10 times.


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Originally Posted by VelSatisfied View Post
Although, it has to be said, I will support the small business 9/10 times.

These are the kinds of companies that give u little extras and remember your name and actually help you rather then sell u an item by telling you exactly what the box says!
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There used to be a indy motor factors near me. It was run by a troll like, biker who looked liked he only washed when riding home in the rain.
The shop was small, dusty and dingy and it was near impossible to find anything, it was also littered with signs telling you where to go if you wanted change.
The owner also had a particular manner with customers. A "gent" walked in one day asking if they had any spare metal.

"In there" was the reply pointing to a box of off cuts

"Would you have any in an L Shape"

"why? Don't you have a hammer and vice"

"Also I'd like some holes in it"

"well put it in a vice, hit it with an 'ammer and drill some 'effin 'oles in it"

"But I don't have any of those"

"Do you own a computer"

customer now slightly dubious " er yes"

"well that's no 'effin good for fixing your 'effin car then is it"

However, if you actually had the ability to bend metal and get dirty this guy was a gem. I once asked for a part for an old car, he asked why I needed that part only to say, "nah, not that bit, you need a *** it's about 50 less and I can get it here today.
The part arrived and was spot on.

That's what you don't get in the big chains
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Sadly the independent mptor spares shops are in decline. A few months back I was searching for a diaphram for a fuel filter head and the only one complete unit available was second hand from a scrappie - he wanted 50 and even then there was no guarantee it was any good.
I went to a small family owned motor factors and explained my plight - Charlie one of the sons said we haven't time to hunt but you are free to have a look for yourself. He directed me to an old shed out the back which was piled high with older stock and after a few minutes I found exactly what I needed. How much is that I asked - he said "give me a fiver". I only had a tenner and he said I'll tell you what - we'll put the tenner in the Cancer Research charity box on the counter and we'll call it quits. So I was happy - he was happy and a charity we both supported got 10. Now thats what I call service
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i agree there expensive, BUT....

like spark plugs (which I need to buy soon....) they have there flip up chat and sort of re-assures you there the right one for your car.

I can get 4 bosch ones for the gal for 14.99 at halfrauds, at the factors, its probably about 8-10 for 4 but how do I know there right other than the parts guy saying they are!?
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