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Just wondering what part suppliers are out there that don't insist on sending out b***part stuff as I just don't want to use them again I know eBay is quite good  as you can pick through to find other manufacturers but I need a selection of parts and would like to do it in one order really , cheers in advance 

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reb78    140

ebay is dreadful in my opinion and absolutely full of rubbish and rubbish sellers. I have stopped using it entirely for any parts over £20. One issue I have found is that I often buy parts well in advance and they frequently end up out of the time period that ebay will help you if there is an issue, so you are left high and dry - happened with a D2 hub and i lost £130.

LRDirect.com is my favourite. They clearly state the brand and have multiple choices for nearly every part from BP to LR with other suppliers like corteco, timken lucas etc in there too. Sometimes if they say OEM, you need to click on the item to see if britpart are the supplier, but then you can make a choice not to buy it and use another of the options that they have. You need to know your part numbers to use their site properly though, but get used to using the online version of microcat, or LRCat and this is easy.

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western    211

In the past I've bought parts from Brit-Car, LRSeries,Brookwells, Devon4x4 & my local [other end of town] independent supplier.

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reb78    140

Britcar are good too as Ralph says. They don't offer free delivery over £50 which is the main reason I use them less than Lrdirect. 

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cheers for that id never heard of britcar before i'll have a browse through that now .

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ogo    0

I recommend Famous Four Ltd in UK for parts

Rimmer Bros delivered on time as ordered

 

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sighnbox    18

M&M 4x4 are great real quick and sort any problems ......same as above Famous four, John Cradock, .......Paddocks are ok for some things as will offer a alternative..... to britpart on a lot of stuff........Maybe have a word with your local dealership I did and get such a big discount it sometimes works out cheaper by the time you buy mail order and postage on top.

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reb78    140

Avoid Island 4x4. My experience here

 

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Pawl12    0
Posted (edited)

Another +1 on Brit-car, they usually offer a complete range of part qualities from Britpart or no-name through OEM upto Genuine. 

Bearmach via their website www.bearmach.com also now offer a similar range of part qualities - obviously also including their own as well . They also offer a 10% discount & free delivery via various deals with Land Rover clubs. You're welcome to use our club discount code MROC10 (Bearmach give clubs 5% cashbook for each sale too - in addition to the customer discount) 

Edited by Pawl12

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Inigo    4

Britcar is my default.  Sometimes  I'll shop around, Land Rover Workshop is sometimes useful to search all the usual suppliers.  But usually, Britcar offers me the choice between genuine, OEM or other.

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monkie    18

I use a mixture of suppliers but most often I go to Paddocks (although they will often send parts in blue boxes unless you can choose genuine/OEM) and LRseries.

I use Paddocks because they are often good on price, delivery quickly and I like their website. I will go to LRseries when I want a specific part to be genuine or OEM as they often offer the choice.

If a part is critical or difficult/time consuming to replace I will always pay extra and go for geniune. If however the part is simply bolted on or easy to get at I am more inclined to take a chance with blue boxes to save money.

On the subject of parts in blue boxes, remember Britpart offer a 2 year warranty on parts, I have in the past sent a part back to have it replaced FOC under warranty. Paddocks have been helpful with this. I agree that it is a hastle to take a part off, phone up, send it back, wait for a replacement then refit it - but they do replace stuff. It is also worth mentioning that Britpart often source parts from a common manufacturer that are probably making stuff for other manufacturers so there will be no difference in quality. Having said this, I always go for genuine/quality brand for seals and brake parts. Cheap seals will leak everytime.

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dailysleaze    33

The problem with the Britpart 2 year warranty is it's only for failures. It doesn't cover it being a rubbish part that doesn't fit in the first place! :D

It's always a gamble.

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monkie    18

Apart from me being at fault by ordering the wrong part I've never had the problem of something not fitting. That said, if anything arrives that won't fit or is just poor quality then you can simply send it back or exchange it - granted that is a waste of your time.

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monkie    18

Hang on, I take that back - I have had rubbish glow plugs. Can't remember the make (from Halfords I think) but they were so cheap I just binned them and got Beru ones.

I have to confess I am a glowplug snob!:) Cheap glows plugs are just rubbish in my experience.

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reb78    140
57 minutes ago, monkie said:

Hang on, I take that back - I have had rubbish glow plugs. Can't remember the make (from Halfords I think) but they were so cheap I just binned them and got Beru ones.

I have to confess I am a glowplug snob!:) Cheap glows plugs are just rubbish in my experience.

Well you do insist on driving something where healthy glowplugs are vital Phil :)

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Snagger    197

I think Dunsfold Land Rover are great.  Gen parts, lots of obscure stock, staff that are experienced enthusiasts and keen to hep, and all at sensible prices.

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steve b    56

I've just picked up an order of parts to re- chassis a 109 Series 3 from Britcar , all correct and well priced too . At several hundred quid for a first order from them, it may seem a gamble , but I chose them from recommendations on here and not least they are local for me .

 cheers

 

Steve b  

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dailysleaze    33

It's reputation that matters. I've just been sent a RH side component in LH side sealed Land Rover package with the LH side part number, so even "genuine" can be wrong.

None of them get it right all the time but the customer service is what counts.

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