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Old 10 Apr 2009, 05:05 pm   #1 (permalink)
Ray K
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Toyota (and all the body shops I visited) wanted $256, plus 7%, for a
replacement headlight assembly for my 2003 Camry. I called junk yards
and was thrilled to find a new one for $125, plus 7%.

When I finally came to my senses and searched the internet for it, I
found a company (www.thecarpartwarehouse.com/) offering an aftermarket
assembly for as low as $79, with no sales tax or shipping.

www.discountcarlights.com/ offers it for about $90, but charges $11.95
for shipping and $6.95 for handling. Don't you hate those companies that
lowball on a price and gouge on S&H, even though the $107.85 total is
still a good price?

I'm not spamming when I mention the above companies. All I'm trying to
do is save you money over Toyota's sky-high prices.

Yahoo has a listing for $119. One company on ebay offers it for
"bargain" price of $170. Either is still a lot better than Toyota's price.

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Old 10 Apr 2009, 07:57 pm   #2 (permalink)
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A quick search on EBay shows headlightsdepot selling both sides with
Xenon bulbs (item #120324992386) for $139.95 w/ free shipping. That's
about $70 per side including shipping. For things like these, IMO EBay
actually works great.


On Apr 10, 3:05*pm, Ray K <raykos...@optonline.net> wrote:
> Toyota (and all the body shops I visited) wanted $256, plus 7%, for a
> replacement headlight assembly for my 2003 Camry. I called junk yards
> and was thrilled to find a new one for $125, plus 7%.
>
> When I finally came to my senses and searched the internet for it, I
> found a company (www.thecarpartwarehouse.com/) offering an aftermarket
> assembly for as low as $79, with no sales tax or shipping.
>
> www.discountcarlights.com/offers it for about $90, but charges $11.95
> for shipping and $6.95 for handling. Don't you hate those companies that
> lowball on a price and gouge on S&H, even though the $107.85 total is
> still a good price?
>
> I'm not spamming when I mention the above companies. All I'm trying to
> do is save you money over Toyota's sky-high prices.
>
> Yahoo has a listing for $119. One company on ebay offers it for
> "bargain" price of $170. Either is still a lot better than Toyota's price..


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Old 10 Apr 2009, 08:01 pm   #3 (permalink)
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There are different classes of car parts based on how quickly a shop
is likely to sell them. The easier selling ones that fly off the
shelf, like wipers and filters, are low margin/high volume products.
The more difficult ones (such as the lens assembly or engines and
transmissions) have a very high profit margin because they're hard to
move then tends to sit on the shelf for long periods (piling up
interest costs for the shop who bought them).

For example, a typical 3.5L class V6 engine takes about $700 to make.
But a new engine retails for something like $4000-5000.



On Apr 10, 3:05*pm, Ray K <raykos...@optonline.net> wrote:
> Toyota (and all the body shops I visited) wanted $256, plus 7%, for a
> replacement headlight assembly for my 2003 Camry. I called junk yards
> and was thrilled to find a new one for $125, plus 7%.
>
> When I finally came to my senses and searched the internet for it, I
> found a company (www.thecarpartwarehouse.com/) offering an aftermarket
> assembly for as low as $79, with no sales tax or shipping.
>
> www.discountcarlights.com/offers it for about $90, but charges $11.95
> for shipping and $6.95 for handling. Don't you hate those companies that
> lowball on a price and gouge on S&H, even though the $107.85 total is
> still a good price?
>
> I'm not spamming when I mention the above companies. All I'm trying to
> do is save you money over Toyota's sky-high prices.
>
> Yahoo has a listing for $119. One company on ebay offers it for
> "bargain" price of $170. Either is still a lot better than Toyota's price..


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Old 26 Apr 2009, 10:55 am   #4 (permalink)
Clay
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On Apr 10, 5:05*pm, Ray K <raykos...@optonline.net> wrote:
> Toyota (and all the body shops I visited) wanted $256, plus 7%, for a
> replacement headlight assembly for my 2003 Camry. I called junk yards
> and was thrilled to find a new one for $125, plus 7%.
>
> When I finally came to my senses and searched the internet for it, I
> found a company (www.thecarpartwarehouse.com/) offering an aftermarket
> assembly for as low as $79, with no sales tax or shipping.
>
> www.discountcarlights.com/offers it for about $90, but charges $11.95
> for shipping and $6.95 for handling. Don't you hate those companies that
> lowball on a price and gouge on S&H, even though the $107.85 total is
> still a good price?
>
> I'm not spamming when I mention the above companies. All I'm trying to
> do is save you money over Toyota's sky-high prices.
>
> Yahoo has a listing for $119. One company on ebay offers it for
> "bargain" price of $170. Either is still a lot better than Toyota's price..


Thanks for the information. I put it in my Camry bookmarks for future
reference.
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Old 27 Apr 2009, 06:37 am   #5 (permalink)
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"Clay" <c.story@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:52afaa9f-a42b-4dad-88f4-a1c59d00e3d8@l16g2000pra.googlegroups.com...
> On Apr 10, 5:05 pm, Ray K <raykos...@optonline.net> wrote:
>> Toyota (and all the body shops I visited) wanted $256, plus 7%, for a
>> replacement headlight assembly for my 2003 Camry. I called junk yards
>> and was thrilled to find a new one for $125, plus 7%.
>>
>> When I finally came to my senses and searched the internet for it, I
>> found a company (www.thecarpartwarehouse.com/) offering an aftermarket
>> assembly for as low as $79, with no sales tax or shipping.
>>
>> www.discountcarlights.com/offers it for about $90, but charges $11.95
>> for shipping and $6.95 for handling. Don't you hate those companies that
>> lowball on a price and gouge on S&H, even though the $107.85 total is
>> still a good price?
>>
>> I'm not spamming when I mention the above companies. All I'm trying to
>> do is save you money over Toyota's sky-high prices.
>>
>> Yahoo has a listing for $119. One company on ebay offers it for
>> "bargain" price of $170. Either is still a lot better than Toyota's
>> price.

>
> Thanks for the information. I put it in my Camry bookmarks for future
> reference.


Yet another reason why I seldom buy on the net---the ****ING bullshit
gouging shipping and handling costs.



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