Originally Posted by pendragonfalls
I agree, but there's "competing" and there's "Over inflated mark-up"...
You've obviously never worked in the parts dept of a Fiat Dealership. Firstly the RRP is set by Fiat Irl, not the Dealer. In order to make a profit, and pay wages/overheads, most Dealers add a small percent to the RRP.
All parts are 'coded' according to popularity, which equates to discount from Fiat. Fast moving parts (filters etc) are at a high 'code' or discount level. This particular part is coded 'E' which equates to 20 % discount from Fiat. The correct RRP is 207.16 before VAT. Which means the nett price is 165.72 which equates to a profit of 41.46 Euro. Take into account that the Dealer has to pay Fiat to ship the part from the UK, this realistically equates to a margin of closer to 20 Euro. Also factor in that most parts sales are to traders, who get between 15 and 30 % discount depending on the part, the margins are even lower again. Hardly an 'over inflated mark up' For the Dealer to get a greater discount from Fiat they have to order a minimum amount, possibly 5 in this particular case. Considering that very few variators sell from dealers these days, mostly because they can be purchased cheaper online.
As you are probably aware, sales of Alfa and Fiat cars are virtually non existant of late, so its hardly surprising that Dealers are hardly going to stock parts for cars that are not selling.
Remember that there are Dealerships in the UK that sell more cars in a month, that the combined Dealer network over here sells in a year. The margins and cost base in the UK is much more, and much less respectivly.