DIY Car Maintenance with function over finesse!!

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Autodoc / online car parts have some for £62 each
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When I looked on Autodoc all the compatible ones came up as out of stock!! :(
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I tried on the Autodoc app on my phone but it seemed determined to jump back to my C5 (and that the MX-3 parts wouldn't fit - well, yes thanks for that!) So the above just from a Google search. Pretty sure the above is just "autodoc by another name" so odd that's showing as in stock but Autodoc themselves thought different??
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I believe Autodoc go by many names...
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As such, I find the whole process of using them slightly problematic as I see little reason for any on-line company to both "hide their real name" and try to hide the fact they are not UK based......also, return/refunds are a nightmare. AutoDoc or any of their incarnations, not even with your barge pole for me
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I'll look there for prices and parts but it doesn't mean I will buy from them. Who knows where we buy our parts from? GSF, Europarts, Online Automotive Parts have parts sent to them by who knows who. So if I can cut the middle man out and save money, I'm gunna give it ago. Rather try than going to Citroen for them to add 2 zeros on the end.
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Talked a bit about AutoDoc before, I'm glad they exist. Seems to be a much wider range of stuff that Eurocarparts and the like would give a "no parts found" result.
Searching by manufacturers part numbers normally gives the right result.
Slow delivery time gets on my nerves and I've not yet experienced the returns process.
I did have towbar nuts listed as a pick of four and a single one delivered. Online help quickly grasped the error (printscreen images made it obvious) and they sent... Another one. More online chat and they then sent a pack of four! Again though the delivery speed made thus slow.

GSF seems reluctant to tell me what brand they are actually supplying which annoys and Eurocarparts seems to have less they actually can supply.

Think my second choice after browsing autodoc is normally eBay (paying attention to what brand is to be supplied.

Have a Halfords trade card, used to be great, then seemed off the boil, uncompetitive, now of late has had some great prices.
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Autodoc (and its pseudonyms) are good for a lot of hard to find bits in my experience and personally, I've had no problems with them...

They help keep my AX going and provided the vast majority of bits for Bluebell's restoration. Quality seems OK.

I've stocked up on AX spares whilst they remain available from the Audodoc sources...

I only order when I have a big list of stuff as carriage can be a bit costly on small orders and yes, not a lot of good if you want a bit very quickly...
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Just a quick post which may help somebody!! :)

I hadn't taken the MX3 out for a fortnight so today's sun encouraged me to remove the cover and give it a run. Sadly having put the cover into the garage I got in and turned the key to be greeted with the ignominious sound of a starter motor just turning over, after maybe three excessively slow engine revolutions it died!!
I parked the Legacy in front and jump started it, it fired on the first turn so clearly the battery has met its maker. I checked the voltage at the battery terminals and it was reading a healthy 13.85V from the alternator so no worries there. I have been aware that it is failing for the last couple of months so the jump leads are currently kept behind the driver's seat!! I took the car out for a 10 mile run during which time everything worked exactly as it should so I thoroughly enjoyed the drive. When I got home I decided it was time to replace the battery with the cold weather on its way.

Now we come to the main reason for this post, I took the details of the existing Yuasa battery and typed them into Ebay - no results!! so I typed them into Amazon and up came the exact same battery priced at £98.35. A scroll down and I found another supplier selling the identical battery via a Black Friday deal - for £68.17.
I clicked buy it now and it will be here on Saturday!! So if you have a failing battery now might be a good time to replace it taking advantage of Black Friday. This is the first time I have ever done so as I simply don't patronise that type of thing and only came across it because I was going to buy a battery anyway!! :-D
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I'm oblivious to Black Friday and view it as another pile of marketing silliness.
But bought a new oven for my daughter and found when I came to pay for it that there was £100 off due to BF.
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So you stuck to your principles and insisted on paying full price?
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Paul-R wrote: 23 Nov 2023, 21:25 So you stuck to your principles and insisted on paying full price?
What principles? That's a terrible accusation!

No, I paid the price they were asking but wasn't aware it was the BF price until the salesman told me. It wasn't marked as such on the display unit.

I will grudgingly admit that I am also wanting a new cooker and had saved its page as they were out of stock for at least a month when I looked. Had a quick look today and they are in stock and have increased significantly, no BF offer.
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An auction which may include the bit of kit you always wanted, I might bid on the slide hammer kit!! :-D

https://www.i-bidder.com/en-gb/auction- ... c800ebadce
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Wow! Some potentially useful stuff there...
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Lot 86 must be a pretty rare find now.
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