This is an ode to the humble parts-store worker. Underneath those familiar orange, green, or red marquees sit some of the automotive industry's hardest-working players. There are a few ways to spot the true professionals, though, and that knowledge comes as you get to know the folks behind the counter.
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Oh, YEAH! I've been fortunate over the years to have found a few parts stores and dealerships that were outstanding to work with. Always patient and friendly, and if it wasn't in stock, they'd get it ASAP.
And yep, they'd always ask about what I was working on today, or how my project car was coming.
I remember the store I used to visit when I was still wrenching while in school. To test the new guys you always ask for a Corvair radiator hose. It was shocking how many struggled with that.
Since we were a half a block away I would often get my part and drop off the tag and have the, send a bill up later if they were busy. By getting my own part it got my job done sooner and saved them time with other customers. That was a nice trusting relationship.
Plus I knew their secrets. The heavy duty U joints were just a sticker added to the box and a higher price.
Another shop was a major AC Delco dealer. Not only could I get odd things like aircraft landing lights for my Chevelle high beams AC boxes for $15 for the pair. I could get a bottle of Coke for a dime. They still stocked an old machine and still had the 1950’s price on it. You drank one just because it was 10 cents.
Today I work for a large National parts company and the use of phone and web is a whole different ball game in so many ways. It also is ever changing.
At time I look back at the old local stores and really miss those days.