Originally Posted by 66GMC
PS ... there is also a rumor that most counterman are allowed a little bit of discretion in regards to prices quoted to customers. Prices which may or may not be influenced by how much he (or she) likes you.
I'm just sayin' ... LOL
yup, I've hear that rumor also..
be kind/respectfull and say thank you, and be a return customer, and you'll get a break on the bigger cost items if he can..
it's rumored to help build a long term relationship.. and word of mouth..
some need to remember, unless you have a part # already, the counter help can't just type in chevy v8 long water pump..
also, back in the day.. autoparts stocked big 3 parts and then you had the import part store..
so the parts guy only needed to remember 1/20th of the part # out there today..
tons of cars/trucks used the same parts for years if not decades.. thats not the case anymore..
think about that.. 1955-2002 the small block was basicly the same..
since 96 the ls family has changed 5 times,
only ford was an interchange nightmare years ago..
how many different engines used the same spark plug, oil filter, fuel filter..etc..
now almost nothing interchanges..
the lowly colbalt came with 5 lugs, but there are a few with 4 lug wheels.. if you don't have the month of the build or vin.. you might get the wrong part..
it's silly how many different front rotors a basic f-250 can have today.. before it was two wheel drive or 4 maybe tow/plow package..
today some models have 8 different front rotors depending on late or early build (same year) 2wd /4wd 4wd h/d etc etc etc..
the running changes are crazy today.. god help these owners that keep the vehicle any lenth of time..