I can certainly understand this position:

$100 surcharge will be applied to any customer that mentions how they can get parts cheaper online

Not one of them, of course, is actually capable of doing anything more than looking up a part number. (Or worse, asking someone for a part number in an automotive forum.)

You will never see this sign, though, in a body shop. The customers there want genuine OEM parts because, as one once said, “It affects the resale value of my car.” Not as much as running into stuff, I assure you.

(From Pleated Jeans via Miss Cellania.)


  1. McGehee »

    27 October 2017 · 10:28 am

    The last part I went around looking for, I never actually found. I had to substitute a nearly compatible part made by a completely different automaker that didn’t actually do everything the original did. I did sort of find it online, but I went and picked it up.

    I made it fit, and it was still serving quite adequately when I traded in the Bronco with a Jeep-made driver seat for a minivan for my mother-in-law.

  2. fillyjonk »

    27 October 2017 · 10:38 am

    I’m also thinking that sign is more broadly applicable than to auto parts.

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