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Old 08-15-2011, 04:17 PM
 
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I have been looking for a radiator for my 1994 Honda Accord. Autozone and Pep Boys charge $100 a new one made by Spectra. This ebay store sells one for $45 shipped. No brand or other details are available.

Does this look like a good deal?

Does this store seem legitimate?

Have you bought auto parts from this store or other online stores?

Did you have a positive experience buying online?

Thanks.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/NEW-A...item45fbddcfc8
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Old 08-15-2011, 05:10 PM
 
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I personally would not cheapen out on a radiator, especially if you live in a hot climate.
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Old 08-15-2011, 05:55 PM
 
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Since there is no info about the radiator it's impossible to make any determination of quality. The seller has excellent feedback for many sales, but that's really all you have to go on.

I buy and sell online all the time, with very few problems.
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Old 08-16-2011, 09:15 AM
 
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I see the shipping is free. It can't be cheap to ship a radiator, so that suggests it's a really inexpensive radiator.

As someone else said a radiator isn't something to cheap out on.
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Old 08-16-2011, 09:25 AM
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I see the shipping is free. It can't be cheap to ship a radiator, so that suggests it's a really inexpensive radiator.

As someone else said a radiator isn't something to cheap out on.
Those cheap radiators come from the $1.00 a day sweat shops in China.
I bought a cheap radiator on E-Bay for a Mustang that I was getting rid of but it worked fine for the year that I used it.

If the seller has a good rep I say go for it.
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Old 08-16-2011, 10:40 AM
 
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Check out partsgeek.com and see what they are charging. Personally, I wouldn't go with a CHEAP E-bay special for a car I was planning on keeping.
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Old 08-16-2011, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Pikesville, MD
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I bought a radiator from Radiator AC Imports on ebay for my BMW 740il almost 5 years ago. Been fine ever since.
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Old 08-16-2011, 03:39 PM
 
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Check out partsgeek.com and see what they are charging. Personally, I wouldn't go with a CHEAP E-bay special for a car I was planning on keeping.
This stores has great prices. But I am concerned about the bad reviews people give them.

PartsGeek.com - Ratings and Info
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Old 08-16-2011, 08:56 PM
 
Location: FLG/PHX/MKE
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I have less issues buying online. It seems that vendors are prepared to do what it takes to make buyers happy. Feedback systems are pretty reliable, IMO. Not foolproof, but pretty decent, especially for veterans.

Sometimes you do gamble on things, but if you put all factors on a fair playing field, online is a pretty good gamble. A $45 radiator vs a $100 radiator means you could buy 2 for 1 (more or less). Is it worth that kind of gamble? Maybe. With radiators? You have to decide. The really cheap ones often don't do so well in bad climates (especially with corrosion), but they can be OK for the price. At less than fifty bucks, it's worth a try--again, just my opinion.

Overall, I've done very well online.
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