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Back in the good old days, it was a no-brainer, if I needed a quality part I’d go to NAPA. Unless I absolutely had to go to the dealer. I could count on the NAPA parts to be good replacement parts. These days there are so many parts stores with prices that vary wildly how do you decide?

What makes me ask is my 01 Durango, it’s having some issue that somewhat points to the TPS. It would cost more to have someone put it on their computer than a new TPS, so I’ll start by replacing it. The car has 180K so it won’t hurt anything to replace it anyway.

So I first looked at O’Reilly Auto Parts. They have them from 18.00- 70.00 or there about. One of the local family-owned houses was 57.00. AutoZone is 42.00, Eichlin brand. So I ordered from AutoZone.

Point is how to decide where to buy from? I live outside of town, so the easiest is the family owned. But prices are always a bit higher, which is expected. But it seems like they also have “Off brand” parts. (Cheap)

I asked a few people and here is what they had to say:

Antoinette Freeman said “I have import vehicles (Honda and Subaru), so I only use AutoZone or O’Reilly’s for things such as filters, spark plugs, belts,….”

Seth Davidson said: “If I need it in a hurry usually AutoZone, or Carquest in that order.”

Tom Manning said: “Advanced or AutoZone is where I go. Mainly for the convenience. The AutoZone that we have has gearheads working in there and all are pretty sharp when it comes to cars and trucks. And they are willing to take the time to help you out. You’ll see them out and about delivering to a lot of the repair places mores o than NAPA.”

After listening to opinions and doing my own research, it became clear who leads the race.

1.  AutoZone is the dominant auto parts retailer in all of our market areas. From our roots as a single store in 1957 to our current size of 5,021 locations (and growing), we’ve come a long way. This website is a way to help our customers and investors become more familiar with our history, as well as who we are and how we operate.

2. O’Reilly Auto Parts is an American auto parts retailer that provides automotive aftermarket parts, tools, supplies, equipment, and accessories in the United States serving both the professional service providers and do-it-yourself customers. Founded in 1957 by the O’Reilly family, the company operates more than 5,000 stores in 47 states.

3. CarQuest founded in 1932 by Arthur Taubman and headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts, Inc. is a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider that serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers.

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