fwiw, i do this all day long. but not for subaru parts. here's how it works. first off, most likely all the other places you mentioned probably dont have the parts in stock, and they would order them from their default warehouse, which might be the same stocking warehouse for all of them. in which case, if the first place says out of stock, the others will, too. why? most dealers stock very few parts. whatever parts that dont sell in about 30 days go back to the stocking default warehouse. so, lets look at a regular order. you order a part today. depending on the time, here is what happens. if the part is actually in stock, you are lucky, and it might actually ship that day. everyone actually thinks it does. if the part is not in stock, which is usually the case, then it is ordered from the stocking default warehouse. depending on the time of day-since there IS a cutoff time-and if the part is actually in the stocking warehouse, then it should get to the dealer in 2-3 days. which means it would ship in 3-4 days from when actually ordered. remember-best case scenario, part in stock, shipped that day. next best, part not in stock, ordered, shipped in 3-4 days. after that, it's a crap shoot. most places dont charge pure freight, it is shipping AND handling. expect to pay at least 12 bucks. what we do is if the order is really small, like nuts and bolts, i have the girls put them in a padded envelope, and ship them usps, for about a buck. we also have a web site where people can order themselves, and i have NEVER seen a shipping charge less than 13 and change. it is part of the software. but the reverse is true, too. try order a windshield, or a hood, and the default shipping will be nowhere near what actual is. who can ship a windshield for 35 bucks? maybe in pieces.
Pretty interesting info. Though, both locations I was quoted approximately $12 and $8.95 for shipping.
I find this information interesting because both locations has this disclaimer on their sites:
"(Actual charges will apply.)
"Shipping is estimated by a percentage of the order because the weight and dimensions are not available. If shipping is more than estimated you will be contacted for approval. If shipping is less, the total will be adjusted. Actual shipping charges will apply
No point in noting such a thing when the cost consists of both SHIPPING and HANDLING as keninn
claims. Of course, if this is the case, I suppose you could always dispute it when you receive your product with the costs marked on it (if received via UPS/have to do a bit more research with UPS through price quoting based on weight/size).
I cannot attest to SubaruGenuineParts, but I can tell you that SubaruOnlineParts
(based on talking with the CSR) had NO INTENTION
on adjusting my shipment if I had not mention that a competitor had cheaper costs (CSR trying to persuade me to keep the order because they were beating the competitor's shipping cost--it went something along the lines of "Well...we DID match the competitor's shipping cost already...see. Normally we don't do that at all").
One have to question the ethics concerning this "actual shipping charges will apply" disclaimer and their actual practice of implementing it (for the buyer's benefit). It's no wonder many people question car dealership/salesmen with all their typical deceptive advertisement and disclaimers.