Advance Auto Parts Compliment - Great place for the Part-Time Mechanic
COLUMBIA, MARYLAND -- I am not a mechanic, I am however confident in my ability to read and follow directions. I own the Chilton's for my car and about a month ago, I replaced the brakes on my 2003 Caravan. I bought all the parts at Advanced Auto Parts; they were competitively priced and the guy behind the counter made me aware of a few things I hadn't thought about. Result - I have perfectly functioning brakes and it only cost me $125 and about 2 hours.
Last week, my check engine light comes on. As it turns out, the Oxygen Sensors are not functioning properly. I head back to Advanced Auto Parts. They had one of the two sensors, but offered to order the other one for me. They ordered it on a SATURDAY and I picked it up at 10am on SUNDAY. To my surprise, it is necessary to use a special socket to remove and install oxygen sensors.
Advanced Auto Parts "sold" me the socket set for $30; the salesman told me to bring it back when I was finished with it for a full refund. He said that is how the "rent" out tools. I ended up paying $175 for the parts; burnt myself on the exhaust manifold, but I did get some great advice from Advanced Auto Parts and saved $30.
My advice - if you are going to do some of your own work, check these guys out first, it could save you some time and some money.