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Two words: RockAuto.com - always happy when the mail man brings me a box that I have ordered from them...

If you buy on eBay just be sure to get name brand part #. No China items, you'll be disappointed (most of the time).
 

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parts...

I tend to go to O'Reillys for those parts.

Local, friendly and helpful folks (at least in KC, MO).

Unavailable parts are shipped in overnight.

No dealing with weaselly eBay businesses.

If Oreilly can't get it, then I give Hawk's Strictly Suzuki (888) SAMURAI or Rock Auto (rockauto.com).

I hope that this helps!
 

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Amazon.com is really good and lots of stuff comes with free shipping....surprising what they have available. Fast shipping, too
 

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Car-Part.com--Used Auto Parts Market
This is a website that connects junkyards. The search function is very simple and you can find the parts you need in order of price. You can also search specific areas, or the entire country. Over the years I have bought many parts from various junkyards and so far, never been dissapointed. Another useful aspect is you can see part interchangeability between different years and makes/models.
 

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Rockauto will ONLY ship by Federal Express, which is much more expensive that US international post. Not only that, but most often Federal Express shipments go through customs in whatever country you are in, so then you are also hit with duty charges, etc. More often than not, if you are outside the US (and I believe bstosnbata is) the cheapest part of the whole deal is the part. Shipping is way too expensive (on the other hand, SW Suzuki WILL ship with US international post - of course, however, their parts are more expensive than Rockauto). Either way, we lose.....:(
 

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i'm actually in the US. I live in the bay are. california.

i see what you mean bex. and we do lose T.T we should just mold car body parts out of cereal boxes.
 

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Ah, then you are quite lucky, and have access to junkyards, aftermarket dealers, etc. In Ireland, I have none of that, and maybe find a Vitara in a local junkyard once every few years. Dealer prices here are ridiculous, and for things that I need a dealer for, the high price of SW Suzuki, and the low price of their postage, has often been cheaper for me, than if I bought a replacement part here.
 

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Do remember - when you buy from SouthWest Suzuki, you are getting Suzuki Genuine Parts; when you buy from RockAuto, you are not - you get what is known as an aftermarket or "pattern" part - it looks the same, but is not necessarily engineered the same - and you don't know the quality - you get to look at the brand names & choose - some may be of similar quality, others may not.

Just as an example - I went to Rock Auto's website to look for stabilizer bar end links for my Mitsubishi - genuine Mitsubishi are $70, recommended retail, $50 from SouthWest (yes, they are a Mitsubishi dealer also) and RockAuto had them available at prices ranging from $7~$27.

The worst shocker for me though was when looking at springs - RockAuto says $62 each, in stock at an outlying warehouse, maybe some delay in shipping - turns out the "outlying warehouse" was in the UK, and the shipping was going to be around $75 - needless to say, I didn't order them.
 

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I won't lie - they do not have everything. But for aftermarket parts you can buy at Advanced, Autozone, ORileys... I would rather purchase online due to the price difference and the service of RockAuto is amazing so far for me and my friend. He recently ordered two crank bearings and 1 was missing. They overnighted the missing unit the next day. He bought a crank from Advanced and this is the reason he is having to rebuild the engine... go figure. I'm betting RockAuto would pay for his engine if they sold him a messed up crank!

I can't even seem to return an oil filter without giving them a phone number and then they cannot find me on record. To much of a hassle if the database they have doesn't work. My only good experience with bricknmotar retailers has been at AutoZone with the tool rentals... saves money and comes with warranty while renting! Get money back when returned too! Can't beat that. But none of the others get my business.

Just a rant though. RockAuto is not known very well for body parts, that would be junkyard items for me or eBay and alike. Makes me wonder why someone hasn't opened a really well known body parts website yet. ;)
 

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I won't lie - they do not have everything. But for aftermarket parts you can buy at Advanced, Autozone, ORileys... I would rather purchase online due to the price difference and the service of RockAuto is amazing so far for me and my friend. He recently ordered two crank bearings and 1 was missing. They overnighted the missing unit the next day. He bought a crank from Advanced and this is the reason he is having to rebuild the engine... go figure. I'm betting RockAuto would pay for his engine if they sold him a messed up crank!
There's got to be more to that story than you're telling - if he bought a messed up crank from Advanced why did he install it? And RockAuto doesn't sell crank bearings singly, but rather in complete sets.
 

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There's got to be more to that story than you're telling - if he bought a messed up crank from Advanced why did he install it? And RockAuto doesn't sell crank bearings singly, but rather in complete sets.
You can't tell anything about the metal underneath. It passed inspection from us too... the block was tanked, things kept clean, high volume oil pump. Keep in mind its a 302 v8. Just a small upgraded setup with new rods/pistons, did not OD any bearings. New crank was not OD either... which looks like they added metal and polished but something didn't turn out right. fordem, the new part was order by part#. I can't confirm or deny what he ordered was a set but it was missing one out of it.

Yes, some parts are not able to be had. They don't carry my lawnmower parts but most any car parts they do. Shipping can be expensive but keep in mind the size of a grill is a long abnormal shipped item, it may weight nothing but it takes up space.
 

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best parts site

just came across this dealership when looking for parts:

Nalley GMC

Prices not the lowest, but they seem to have everything. They also have the parts catalog (diagrams) online as well.

Really, really helpful.

Be sure to pick your brand as "Chevrolet" if you looking for Tracker/Sidekick parts. They aren't listed under "Geo" for some reason.

Cheers!
 

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Agree with ya CODY on Rock Auto. Started calling NAPA and O'Reilly and ended up at The Rock for almost 25% less. Gates timing belt, Fel Pro cam cover set, cam and crank seals and 2 Wix oil filters on the way. They use FedEx and USPS priority.
Good to hear. My friend once complained about a pair of parts he ordered. Believe it was tie rod ends, one was a different color and style. Hes a tad OCD and they ended up requesting photos and sending him the one he liked better and told him to keep the other. Until I get a bad experience like I recently did with AutoZone returns for just a simple belt I will continue to order online for the customer service presented and price. Told me I couldn't return belt at the 1 Autozone and preferred me to take it to the one I bought it at... yeah right!
 

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Over the years, I've purchased genuine Suzuki parts online from:
Tom's Truck Center is located in Southern California near a Suzuki parts warehouse and is able to complete its orders quickly. For that reason, it is also known as "Suzuki Depot." Tom's Truck Center is slightly more expensive than other Suzuki online dealers but I appreciate its quick service and the care it takes in packaging fragile items such as interior trim.

Despite the short supply of Suzuki parts, Tom's Truck Center continues to place back-orders on behalf of its customers. One example is my back-order of a flywheel that I recently received. Other Suzuki online dealers would not place the back-order. Once the part became available, it was shipped and installed quickly.
 

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RockAuto is not known very well for body parts
They are now! :)

An example for a '97 Sidekick...


Bumper Cover
Bumper Reinforcement
Convertible Top
Convertible Top Window
Door Skin
Door Window Glass
Fender
Floor Pan
Grille
Headlamp Assembly
Inner Fender
Lift Support
Outside Door Handle
Outside Mirror
Outside Mirror Glass
Quarter Panel
Radiator Support
Rear Window Glass
Rocker Panel
Rocker Panel Extension
Soft Top Rebate/Promotion Available!
Tailgate
Turn Signal Lamp Assembly
Windshield Glass


1997 SUZUKI SIDEKICK Body-Exterior Parts
 
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