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Support your dealer?

I thought I had snapped my traction cable so picked up a new one at my local Toro dealer. $42.00 Can. tax included. Ouch.

Got home and realized the adjuster had only loosened up and come apart on the original. Bad eyesight. I'll probably keep the spare to have on hand.

I'm assuming they're cheaper online.

Do you guys support your local dealer for parts like these or buy online?

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All my parts come from online …. most people do not even have a local mom and pop store ….
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When I buy online, I try to pick up at the store: TSC or Wal-Mart, for example instead of Amazon. Doing so helps the local store to some extent and makes things easier to return.
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Online—- Ebay most times, Amazon almost never
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My first choice is to always support my local dealer. Saving a few dollars is not worth losing the advantage of first hand knowledge and service assistance.

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My loyalty is to my family. I used to buy parts from the dealer but Honda part prices are outrageous. When I asked the dealer for a discount because of all the parts i was buying he laughed at me. wrong move. I don't recommend him to people anymore like I used to . I can do their repairs.

online savings is at least 30% sometimes much more. and this is OEM Honda parts too.

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My dealer is Jack's and they have an online presence so I buy from them. They are priced decently and will either ship or let me pick up at the store.

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My loyalty is to my family. I used to buy parts from the dealer but Honda part prices are outrageous. When I asked the dealer for a discount because of all the parts i was buying he laughed at me. wrong move. I don't recommend him to people anymore like I used to . I can do their repairs.

online savings is at least 30% sometimes much more. and this is OEM Honda parts too.
I'm guessing this is where MTD blowers score points...I think I read MTD parts are more reasonable then other machines.

After doing a little checking online I'm not sure I would save that much as I see the part listed for approx. $25 then I have to add tax and then pay for shipping.

Americans definitely have much cheaper and faster shipping rates than Canadians.

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Dealers do not have loyalty in me, I owe them no loyalty.

I usually do a price check on a part before heading out to the dealer. Sometimes I call ahead to ask for price and availability. Sometimes I just drop in.

If I get jacked full price plus markup and they have the part in stock, I can support them if I need the part badly. If I get jacked full price and I have to wait for them to order it, no support. If they complain about big box stores, no support. I'm here at the dealer right? Why complain about HD or Men, or Lowie?
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I'm guessing this is where MTD blowers score points...I think I read MTD parts are more reasonable then other machines.

After doing a little checking online I'm not sure I would save that much as I see the part listed for approx. $25 then I have to add tax and then pay for shipping.

Americans definitely have much cheaper and faster shipping rates than Canadians.
Price is Right on most MTD parts
10 bucks shipped if I need the drive cable
For my MTD.
I could use fencing wire in the meantime.

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