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Eurocarparts are having a "Black Friday" sale at the moment - I got about 50% off a couple of items. Code at the top of their website...I used 'click and collect'....might be worth checking out.

Except both items were wrong! The brake pads was a simple picking error...slightly wrong number on box...I had to go back and exchange. The wiper blade for the C15 was completely wrong even though I put my reg in. They don't even stock  the correct item. 

So...50% off 1 item and 0% off 0 item...and needing two trips. Sigh...

BUT WORTH A LOOK IF YOU NEED ANYTHING.

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Im in the trade and i have to deal with this problem every single day.
I wont use ecp as a result.
I wont fit supplied ecp parts as i cant be dealing with the grief of wrong or substandard parts.
Support your local independent factor how has alot more common sense then those monkeys.
Ecp has totally ruined my trade.

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Both ECP and GSF (same underlying firm) are jesters with these offers.

Go online add the discount code and you'll find the items were all inflated beforehand, as in-store on the racking they are cheaper than the 'pre-discount' online price by the same percentage...

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3 hours ago, flat4alfa said:

Both ECP and GSF (same underlying firm) are jesters with these offers.

Go online add the discount code and you'll find the items were all inflated beforehand, as in-store on the racking they are cheaper than the 'pre-discount' online price by the same percentage...

Shysters

Not quite.  Euro Car Parts and GSF are owned by different corporations

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Even though ECP and CP4L do the DFS thing with their endless, and often simultaneous 'sales', I find them to be pretty cheap on the whole although not being able browse without using the car selector thing is RUDDY INFURIATING if you have a Subaru since the parts are generally wrong.

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It's CP4L that's the same as ECP, rather than GSF if I'm not mistaken.

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We found the online sales shit tbh... There's about 13 independent traders and fitters I know round here and we all use the same cash sale account. The higher the sales volume the bigger the account discount.

Had a rear caliper for a mondeo the other day for £19 after the surcharge. 129 on Web and 95 after codes...

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Nah I'm a bit of a twat as they're only 500 yard or so from the workshop I removed fist and slapped it dripping dot 4 on the counter and made them unbox to ensure was correct.

Only 2 minutes away but Cba in a 15 minute wait while some nobber asks for a reg when someone want copper brake line.....

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...a lot of these firms seem to use the same business model; ECP, GSF etc; you need to tap in the reg' of your car n the internet 'site wizardry' does the rest, n you take it for granted the parts they display in eg; the suspension page it generates, will be for you car...

...I found this not to be the case with 'micks garage' when buying some bits for my Audi avant B^ tdi- I selected 'mid quality' brand ARB rubber insert n it was delivered along with other bits... long story short the ARB rubber was for a saloon; theres a difference between the two even tho the fronts look common to both.... I gave a good aul fist at trying to press it in there, but it was too big, as I later discovered with the vernier calipers but the steel jacketed ARB bushing was well chewed at that stage...

it was all of €13 but I thought id go through the pointlessness of ringing up MG and explain their fugg'up... the customer services lad didn't want to know at all; he stated it was up to me to cross reference parts no's (how TF id be able to do this with the likes of QH brand stuff, i'll never know), and also he wasn't going to accept it as a return as I'd mullered it attempting to fit it n it was out of their packaging...

...as said above, theres a lot to be said for supporting your local independent factors; if only for time saved; in the end I just bought the right ARB rubber from a local factors; I cant see myself using MG again...

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I've got a Eurocraparts at the end of my street. I use independent motor factors for most things, but have been in a couple of times for simple things that it'd be convenient to not make the journey for...

1. When I was after a new 097 battery, they wouldn't take anything but the registration number, despite the fact that those batteries weren't fitted as standard to the car in question, and the only way they could cross reference a transit battery is if I went out onto the street and gave them the reg no of a random transit...

2. A headlamp blew, whipped it out and took it along. It had blown with a blue-black deposit on the inside of the glass. "Yeah we don't do them tinted bulbs mate you need halfords innit"

3. With the car on axle stands and brake pads out, realised I had no copperslip left. They actually managed that ok.

4. Needed a bit of standard fuel hose - "Nah. No such thing as standard fuel hose mate, its different to each car".

Oh, and there's a notice on the loading bay asking their delivery drivers to not urinate in local residents gardens. Which says a lot.

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...they seem to be expanding tho; ECP; they bought up the PR Reilly brand over here; the PR reilly  brand used to focus on the 'order n delivery' to the trade/garages; a mate of mine works in a factors in the same town as they operate, n the delivery lads are constantly in buying bits from them, as presumably they don't have the stock at the time to supply the requested parts to the trade lads...

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Big thing that annoys me no end using ECP. The reg entering malarky. You end up getting wrong parts online, not right for your car. It's a ball ache. 

However. They're cheap. And the lad on the counter at my local branch is a decent sort. 

Got the wrong belt length for my Jimny. And they change it there and then and don't charge extra. Could have been worse. 

Like I've gotten genuine MANN/Bosche filters for my car for buttons. £2.37 for a decent branded oil filter? You can't really go wrong.  My local parts factors can't compete on price so it's generally somewhere I don't go to. 

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ECP has been pretty hit and miss for me, the sales they have can make things cheap but you have to hunt around first to make sure you're not being duped. I've generally found it best to use them for consumable stuff  such as oil filters, air filters, belts and so forth and often Oil as well. They have cocked up on a couple of occasions with picking errors, but I've never had an issue returning things and they have been very decent about it - I guess it's the luck of the draw. 

The lack of being able to search by part number is utterly infuriating though, especially if I type in a reg and it comes up saying they don't do any parts for my car - such as Mrs Schwifty's 205 or the 505, which is complete shit considering how much generic PSA stuff they use.  Recently I've switched to using online OEM catalogues such as Motaquip to get a part number and then use that to cross reference on eBay to find NOS and clearance stuff, it generally has worked out cheaper and I end up with decent quality parts. 

If however I need something and I need it quickly and know it's not going to be crap/wrong, then I use my local autofactors - mine in particular is like Aladdins cave, I swear the guy has serious hoarding issues as you can barely see out the windows and I have never ever seen what pattern is on the front desk as it is so heaped in catalogues and crap! He always comes through though and never balks when I ask for some obscure part for some long dead PSA shitbox! 

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To be fair, that discount worked out cheaper on a new battery for my Astra than Halford's managed with a trade card. The most annoying Europarts 'thing' is that you can't pay on line, which seems silly tbh. A couple of times I've tried to order stuff for people who were stuck so they could collect locally to them, but it won't let me pay.

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I do use ECP as they're convenient, but their discount system annoys me. I split an order in half on Saturday as some items were cheaper using the weekend code, and others cheaper with the black Friday code. Just decide how much you can sell something for and price it at that price without the faux discount crap.

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1 hour ago, MrSchwifty said:

ECP has been pretty hit and miss for me, the sales they have can make things cheap but you have to hunt around first to make sure you're not being duped. I've generally found it best to use them for consumable stuff  such as oil filters, air filters, belts and so forth and often Oil as well. They have cocked up on a couple of occasions with picking errors, but I've never had an issue returning things and they have been very decent about it - I guess it's the luck of the draw. 

The lack of being able to search by part number is utterly infuriating though, especially if I type in a reg and it comes up saying they don't do any parts for my car - such as Mrs Schwifty's 205 or the 505, which is complete shit considering how much generic PSA stuff they use.  Recently I've switched to using online OEM catalogues such as Motaquip to get a part number and then use that to cross reference on eBay to find NOS and clearance stuff, it generally has worked out cheaper and I end up with decent quality parts. 

If however I need something and I need it quickly and know it's not going to be crap/wrong, then I use my local autofactors - mine in particular is like Aladdins cave, I swear the guy has serious hoarding issues as you can barely see out the windows and I have never ever seen what pattern is on the front desk as it is so heaped in catalogues and crap! He always comes through though and never balks when I ask for some obscure part for some long dead PSA shitbox! 

Motaquip is good also.. 

I find AutoDocs parts app pretty good too. As if you plug in a OEM part no it'll list all equivalent pattern parts and then back reference all other OEM part numbers that it's equivalent to. 

Very handy for ebaying

 

 

 

 

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My local factors are shite, never have anything you want in stock and it's a 3+ day wait or they just say no.

The parts are ECP own brand level dung at top whack prices too.

I've never had wrong parts from ECP either.

 

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My local factors are shite, never have anything you want in stock and it's a 3+ day wait or they just say no.
The parts are ECP own brand level dung at top whack prices too.
I've never had wrong parts from ECP either.
 
Its every other day there wrong or plain cheap and nasty.
Circolli water pumps leaking or machined incorrectly.
Rubber covers on llbulljoints of such poor quality they have dried up and split within 6 months.
Exhaust delivered with missing hangers or not bent properley.
Eicher pads that squeal from the moment they are fitted.
Xdrive alternators that pack up in record time.
Ive even had a starter motor delivered with no pinion gear installed in it from them.
Would you like me to continue?


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I've found it's a minefield regardless.

I prefer using my local motor factor, but the last three times I've been in they've supplied me with the wrong parts, resulting in having to return/wait several days/ go back again.

Sometimes they're surprisingly cheap, other times eye-wateringly expensive. Like Halfords, they seem to basically specialise in polish and air fresheners and then look a bit confused when parts come into the mix. The last time I went in for something (replacement driving lights for a Mk1 Yaris), they just told me to try eBay. They're nice lads, but that's not a great way to run a business.

ECP is miles away in another town, and I've learned now that I have to check everything before leaving as often it's either the wrong fitment, or the wrong part entirely - last time I was in I ordered a litre of Castrol Syntrac gear oil, but received a litre of Comma 5w/30 engine oil. Yes, they're both in a gold-coloured bottle but they ain't interchangeable...

I don't like ECP's perma-rolling sale, or how easy it is to forget to apply the promo code at the checkout and end up paying full whack. FFS, just give me a fixed price and stop fannying about...

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