I have been very dissappointed with the price of parts in Vancouver. While the previously mentioned parts outlet seems to be able to get most parts, the prices tend to be high. For example, a Federal Mogul (Canadian made) 460 fuel pump was $41US (no tax) at NAPA in Portland Oregon, the identical pump is $75 (plus taxes) on Marine Drive and $70 (plus taxes) across from Docksteader in South Vancouver! Crazy. When you ask for a discount or make an offer of what you are willing to pay, you end up walking out.
Similarly, some of the used parts places (Mitchell Island and Scott Road) are charging high prices - $80 for a used (1975 vintage) power steering pump. The pump lasted 3 months.
The only good deals I've been able to find in BC are private.
we're just visiting... my girlfriend's work sent her here for a month with a furnished apartment and everything else so I decided to tag along. i'm gonna shop for a nice truck while we're here and we'll drive it back to Montreal next month. Take a little time off and see the country.
If I could talk her into staying I would. I'm having a blast, the weather's great, and there's no French people. Except for the traffic, Vancouver is a really nice town.
Anyways.... I can't say what parts I need because I'm still shopping for a truck... If anyone knows of one I'm looking for a full size pickup, 4x4, long box, AC, Fuel injection and no rust. 86 and up.
I figure with the USA so close, I'll end up doing what I always do and pick up what I need in the states at Autozone
Rockauto.com ships to Canada at reasonable rates now; no getting hit with a $50 brokerage fee from UPS.
There used to be an auto wrecker that had days when it was "everything you could pull and carry" for $50. I helped a friend fix a ton of stuff on his beater econobox: he got new windshields front and rear, reclining seats, spare tire, and various trim pieces. The rule was that one person had to carry all the parts over a certain distance unaided. Unfortunately I didn't bring a camera, but if you can picture a walking swap-meet stall...
My one buddy I used to work with, said he had a friend that dragged two 350 chevy engines the distance to get them both for 50 bucks. He said it was quite the site to see! I kinda wish they still had that now a days.
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