Date registered: Jul 2015
Vehicle: 97 E420
Location: The Last, Best Place, Montana
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Discount name brand parts on eBay
The independent German auto mechanic I found shared some knowledge with me about parts, which I'd like to check. He told me that most online parts stores are just reselling parts from the distributor Worldpac, including Autohaus. He buys from IMC, but I noticed that they charge full list price. It seems to me if I match WorldPac warehouses to those listed by the sellers on eBay that many auto parts sellers there are dropshippers for Worldpac. If this is correct, many name brand parts, for example Bilstein shocks for my S420, front, are the genuine item if they come from WorldPac, and are a lot less, $105 than the $248 list from IMC.
If my logic is sound, and the purpose of this post is to see if it is, I might find the best deals on parts by good name brands like Meyle or Bilstein on eBay if I am careful. If stay away from no-name parts, possibly cheap Chinese poorly made parts, I should be OK shopping like this?