People who do their own tune-ups or auto repairs usually have their favorite auto parts store. When you need some auto parts, you just zip down to your regular auto parts store and pick up what you need, right? What you may not know is that, as with supermarkets and many other retailers, prices may differ on certain products. Store managers set a percentage profit goal for their entire inventory, not per product. That’s why it pays to shop your auto parts prices at a number of stores before you buy. The savings can be substantial.
For example, that’s why one grocery store may sell shampoo at a premium price, while selling another product at a reduced price, or running specials on popular items in order to draw customers in to shop. Chances are good that you’ll complete all of your shopping at that store. You may stock up on that special on chicken and maybe pick up some of the inflated price shampoo or other products at the same time. The retailer meets his overall profit goal by using this pricing strategy. This is why you won’t find much of a difference in the total bill by shopping at any one store. However, if you shop all the sales at each store, your total can be up to 30% less.
It’s the same with auto parts prices. One auto parts supply may sell spark plugs and oil at a higher price than a competitor, while selling some accessories or bigger ticket items, such as a battery charger, at a lower price. For the auto parts store, it all works out in the end. They simply want to meet their profit goal.
One easy way to shop auto parts prices is to pick up a catalog from each store. Get on their mailing list, … [Read More]