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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 14th June 2009
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Because you give them your registration and they will be able to tell from that.

In the parts supplying game no one will be 100% right 100% of the time,but you can cut out many of the pit falls by buying via a factor.The factors usually have staff that know about cars and have been there a number of years,Halfords are a little different.

Halfords charts are as accurate as Robin Hood with a blindfold,if you can actually speak to someone who knows about cars then you can cut out a lot of hassle.I'm not a Halfords hater at all,but they are a franchise and you will always find good and bad,with a good independant motor factor they should always go the extra bit to help out as their mortgage depends on it!

I'd rather push my Alfa than drive a BMW....
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cool cheers lag.

I did 2 days work for a large South East motor factors and tbh, that put doubts in my mind about alot of things factors do!

But like you correctly say, there can be good and bad branches
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If a motor factor wants to remain in business he will have all the necessary catalogues and most know the most common fitments anyway but you can always ask them to check their catalogues if you have any doubt.
In fact my local motor factor has on-line access to most suppier catalogues
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The Halfords by me isn't too bad. I do prefer the local motor factors but the ones by me close half day on a Saturday and are shut on a sunday, which is when I do most work to my cars. So halfords are handy for that as they open 7 days a week till 8 pm.
Some of the staff their are usless though, I went in and asked for a wheel bearing, the guy gave me a blank look and pointed me in the direction of an empty shelf! When asked where they were I just got a simple shrug and 'dunno'.
I very helpfull girl then found a store not so far away with one in stock. They wanted 12 quid for it. My local motor factors was on the way so I called in just as he was shutting for the day, got it for 4.75! So yes Halfords can be a bit expensive!

When ever in my local Halfords I try to deal with the same helpful girl.... No not just cos she's a looker She seems to know what she's talking about! And 9/10 helps me as much as she can to get the stuff I want.

Understeer is when you hit the wall with the front of the car.
Oversteer is when you hit the wall with the rear of the car.
Horsepower is how fast you hit the wall.
Torque is how far you take the wall with you.

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No not just cos she's a looker
But this obviously has a big part to play! Am i right?
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