Date registered: Aug 2005
Vehicle: 1972 250C, Ducati ST
Location: Norfolk, Virginia
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Do ever provide your mechanic with your own parts?
When you're taking your vintage Mercedes into a shop for repairs/maintenance, do you ever bring along your own parts for the mechanic to use?
I know that some shops frown on it, and even compare it to bringing bacon and eggs into a diner and asking the cook to prepare them for you.
If I need parts that I know my mechanic keeps in stock, I'll have them use their parts, even if I can get them a little cheaper elsewhere. But if it's a part that they'd have to order and wait on, they seem to appreciate it if I already have the part when I drop the car off.
Before I took the car in for its last tune-up, my mechanic even asked if I'd be willing to get the distributor cap and rotor myself, since I have a Mallory electronic distributor instead of the stock one. I didn't mind, since I already knew what part numbers I needed and probably saved a few dollars, even with shipping.
So what do you guys do?
1) Source ALL the parts yourself before you take the car in for service, whether the shop already has the parts in stock or not,
2) Have the mechanic provide all the parts (even the ones he has to order), or
3) a mix between the two?