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Old 04-21-2015, 01:54 PM   #1
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Throwing money down the sewer

Wasn't thinking straight the other day, and bought filters and fluids to do a complete service on my E. I paid $229.77 including tax from my Honda Dealer for everything but motor oil.

If I'd had my head on straight, I would have got it all from HandA at $176.75, including tax and shipping. That's just 77% of what i actually paid at Honda. Everything on the list was way cheaper at HandA.

No, I don't get a kickback from HandA, just a plug for a good source of supplies.

By the way... The parts man at Honda was amazed that there actually is a Tranny filter, and had to order it in. He'd never even heard of it!
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Old 04-21-2015, 02:02 PM   #2
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yeah, those automatic transmissions have all sorts of new fangled contraptions.
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Old 04-21-2015, 08:34 PM   #3
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might it be worth it to talk with the dealership about price matching?

In the past I've purchased items from the dealer and then find them cheaper online from a honda distributer and my dealer has matched the price...they say they don't normally do it (which means they sometimes do)

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Old 04-21-2015, 09:10 PM   #4
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Mechanics price vs retail. All Honda dealerships have two prices for parts, retail and mechanics. Mechanics=online price, so no dealership should give you the look of no way we can match that...
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Old 04-22-2015, 01:25 AM   #5
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Well, I'm stuck with it this time. My son is coming down on Sunday to help me service the E and my Tacoma. Can't count on getting the parts in time from HandA if I return the stuff to the dealership now, so I can't bluff them. You can bet that's the last time I go to the dealer's parts department, though. I'm on the call list for both airbags, so I hope I hear from them sometime before I die on that.
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Old 04-22-2015, 02:38 AM   #6
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Mechanics price vs retail. All Honda dealerships have two prices for parts, retail and mechanics. Mechanics=online price, so no dealership should give you the look of no way we can match that...
I have about 5 Honda dealerships near me (and I consider myself lucky! some people are 100+ miles away from the nearest Honda dealership). Only 1 of them will "price-match" online prices (plus cost of shipping). So really, it depends on your luck and how much that dealership wants to push sales. They aren't owned by Honda, so they don't have to give you any sort of discount.

The one I mentioned above used to be owned by "DCH" and their sales hit rock bottom. Since then, Mossy has taken over that dealership and they've been trying really hard to please customers and bring in $$$ from sales. Depending on the service adviser I talk to... (I always ask for the a gentleman that is older and been there most of his career), they will also price match coupons from other dealers, like 15% off on service.


As far as your situation... It wasn't such a big hit. Sometimes we have to just make sacrifices to have the items we need when we need them. You're talking about a difference of just over $50 which is going toward preventative maintenance on your car. If, for some reason, you had to go to a mechanic or dealer because you didn't take care of those issues, you'd be looking at a much different bill! Not to mention wasting your time, taking away from your ability to work, etc.

Most importantly, don't stress the little things and have some quality time with your son!
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Old 04-22-2015, 02:31 PM   #7
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...Most importantly, don't stress the little things and have some quality time with your son!
You're absolutely right. After the job is done, my son and I will sit in the garage with beer and pretzels, discussing the odds of my dying before those shrapnel filled airbags are replaced. Now that's something worthwhile to stress about.
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Old 04-23-2015, 11:43 PM   #8
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Yeah, there's some value in getting the parts needed and in your hands immediately. Either way, the $55 extra you spent is nothing compared to the huge amount of money you saved by doing it yourself!
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Old 04-24-2015, 01:48 AM   #9
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Still counting on my son coming down to help get grease under fingernails, however, the unscheduled appearance of my great granddaughter may now postpone the scheduled maintenance! One month early, 18.9", 6lbs 7oz., 10 fingers 10 toes. You may applaud NOW!
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Old 04-24-2015, 12:01 PM   #10
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The filter you can see is to protect the transmission by catching metal particles if the transmission has a major problem or the cooler fails and has to be replaced. If neither has failled, that front exposed filter is decorative.

The actual transmission filter (strainer) is inside the valve body where you can't get to it wiithout tearing down the transmission. When it eventually becomes blocked, which it will in 150,000-200,000 miles of "normal" driving, what's a one hour operation on many other transmissions will be an expensive teardown of this one. .

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