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Old July 27th, 2013, 06:46 PM   #61
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I'm all for this guy buying his own parts, considering they are not your average parts, they are special order specific items, not something a shop would have the ability to order. With that being said I don't see the big deal with finding a shop to install them...however is he shows up with some duralast bullshit from autozone, tell him to hit the bricks
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Old July 27th, 2013, 07:41 PM   #62
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Correct. Torque to yield bolts.

However, when I did my timing belt, they were all over the place. I had to replace quite a few bolts. With all the issues I've had with other shops doing bullshit work on my car, I really rather just take it to an import shop and be done with it. Yeah, I know it'll probably cost more. I just don't want to risk a mechanic learning on my car, especially if I'm providing all my own parts. That thing needs to go in right the first time, and not risk me having to pay out of pocket to rip it back apart due to a botched job. I hope that makes sense?

I had a shop literally cut my stock exhaust off because they didnt want to drop the sub frame and have to do an alignment on my car, then proceed to try and sell me a "custom" downpipe that they didnt even mandrel bend.

I've had a shop overtorque one of my engine mount bolts and just set the bolt back in there. and it happened to vibrate out.

Like I said... I've just had back luck with other non european specific shops that also came highly suggested. lol. It scares the hell out of me even having someone else work on it.

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Old July 27th, 2013, 08:13 PM   #63
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Old July 27th, 2013, 08:27 PM   #64
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I normally don't agree with catalyst but I'm on board with him on this one
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Old July 27th, 2013, 10:43 PM   #65
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I normally don't agree with catalyst but I'm on board with him on this one
Umm...what is there not to agree with?
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Old July 28th, 2013, 05:52 AM   #66
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I'm also on board with catalyst buying his own parts. But I'm not on board with telling Nuggets that how he prices his work is a scam. Yes, it got blown off topic a bit but that's the pub versus posting the same question in the tech section.
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Old July 28th, 2013, 06:37 AM   #67
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The second post in this thread was his...

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"Good luck finding a shop that will install your parts. Do you take your own food to a restaurant to save a buck too?".
He intentionally derailed this thread from the start. That is trolling in my book. At any rate, I'm still looking for a shop. Autohaus had pretty lousy reviews on mive.
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He intentionally derailed this thread from the start. That is trolling in my book. At any rate, I'm still looking for a shop. Autohaus had pretty lousy reviews on mive.
In their defense they are next to a brewery
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Old July 28th, 2013, 07:12 AM   #69
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He intentionally derailed this thread from the start. That is trolling in my book. At any rate, I'm still looking for a shop. Autohaus had pretty lousy reviews on mive.
I would say he was just being honest and straight forward with you. That is a completely legitimate concern.
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Old July 28th, 2013, 07:45 AM   #70
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He intentionally derailed this thread from the start. That is trolling in my book. At any rate, I'm still looking for a shop. Autohaus had pretty lousy reviews on mive.
I consider that a sore spot with shop owners. I have a good friend who is both a shop owner and a retailer. He has turned away work when people look for the cheapest deal and then want him to install the parts. I get that you didn't look for the cheapest deal but rather wanted good parts but I'm sure it still grinds the shop owners that you didn't even give them a chance to get the good parts for you. More than once I've found my buddy can beat many of the prices that I can get.

So, maybe not the fairest thing for Nuggets to do right at the get go but understandable.
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Old July 28th, 2013, 10:22 PM   #71
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I've had zero luck at mive. Those forums are a bit slow.
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In their defense they are next to a brewery
That detail is a non-issue for true German heritage mechanics.
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Well, I've pretty much decided that its going to John Holger at 9mile in Eastpointe. They seem to have significantly better reviews than autohaus, and they are 80/hr as opposed to 94/hr (autohaus). They were also incredibly nice on the phone and personable which goes a ways for me.
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Well, I've pretty much decided that its going to John Holger at 9mile in Eastpointe. They seem to have significantly better reviews than autohaus, and they are 80/hr as opposed to 94/hr (autohaus). They were also incredibly nice on the phone and personable which goes a ways for me.
That pretty much validates Nuggets point 100%, cheapo.
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Yeah, I guess picking the European import shop at $80/hr with better reviews than the $94/hr European import shop sets me as a cheap-ass.

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I really don't see why nuggets is so wound up over this thread? The op has purchased some specialty parts and he simply asked if anyone knew a good import shop that would install them. He didn't say (not that I saw anyway) were he just wanted the cheapest there is and he's got some basic repair parts he want to bring in himself. It really is no different than a guy buying something for his jeep and having an Offroad shop do the install. If the op found a mechanic first and had him order the parts then he would run the pretty good chance of not getting the right parts the first time, or maybe the shop couldn't even gain access to the specialty parts because they were not dealers for said item.
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I consider that a sore spot with shop owners. I have a good friend who is both a shop owner and a retailer. He has turned away work when people look for the cheapest deal and then want him to install the parts. I get that you didn't look for the cheapest deal but rather wanted good parts but I'm sure it still grinds the shop owners that you didn't even give them a chance to get the good parts for you. More than once I've found my buddy can beat many of the prices that I can get.

So, maybe not the fairest thing for Nuggets to do right at the get go but understandable.
It's not like he went into nuggets shop, got a quote, went home and ordered cheaper parts online and then brought it back.

His car has been sitting for 6 months. He bought an aftermarket clutch he originally wanted to install himself.

Did Bryce buy all the parts for your jeep during your build a few years ago?

He just wants to find a reputable mechanic who will fix his car, which he values, at a fair price and do it correctly since it appears he does not have the time.
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Apples and oranges. Bryce did not have a business or shop to support. Our deal right from the get go is that I would buy the parts and he would do the work. Nothing close to the same.

Like I said before, this is not the first time I have heard a mechanic shop owner be irritated that a customer wanted to bring their parts in without having the opportunity to supply them. In that same vein, our company manufactures replacement parts and we definitely charge different when a customer wants us to use preexisting parts that were supplied by someone else.

I get the fact that the OP was not specifically price shopping to get a better deal so the situation is somewhat different. I think Nuggets came on a little strong but if you were to take a poll of mechanic shop people, you would find most would support his position. And I still think the OP was wrong to tell Nuggets that his method of doing business is a "scam". That is just wrong.
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Apples and oranges. Bryce did not have a business or shop to support. Our deal right from the get go is that I would buy the parts and he would do the work. Nothing close to the same.
I know, I was just being a smart ass, but its not really all that apples to oranges.
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