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Parts: Pricing in Canada

Hi all,

Why are parts so incredibly expensive here at dealers or independent workshops?

Example. Fuel pump for my 2003 C240. Benz Canada wanted something like $800. An independent garage wanted a mere $500. I bought the part in California for US $180. And yes, the original Bosch part, not a fake. From eBay.

Another example: window switch, driver's door (ie 4 switches. Dealer: $400 iirc. Garage: $200. My price online: $50. Yes, again, not a fake, not a chexap Chinese part.

Same with spark plug leads. And so on, etc

Why this incredible delta? I am in business too, and I understand everyone needs to make a profit. But... like 1000% profit? Surely not? When I ask the mechanic, they say "we have our regular supplier and that's that".

So I always buy my own parts. But I'd rather avoid that hassle. Double the pri e

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You do have "free" healthcare, don't you?

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IMO it's nothing to do with taxes, it's plain old greed, gouging and ripping off.

I still get my Benz serviced in Florida in spite of the 30% difference with the dollar, a present from our previous, incredibly stupid, government. It must be the water with North American governments all going to Hell at the same time.
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EVERYTHING in this life has to do with taxes.
Right now fuel in California is about $3. Can you guess how much of that are taxes?
Greed might be on top of that, but if you buy a part for $100 and add $120 taxes and then 40% sale commission -what you will end with?
Lot of citizens have no idea how the pricing work.
Compare that farmers are selling the beef at just cents per lb. Now compare how much the cheapest steak and grocery story sells for.

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