I see that there is some very slow movement of parts in this thread, I am hoping that it is because all your Alfa's are in pristine running condition and dont need any attention.... Is that it.
I have been trying to get some parts recently from EBSpares, Buypartsby, Shopforparts and of course Fleabay. I am plagued by the constant problem of not being able to get accurate shipping costs from them, and it is doing my head in. The other problem of course is that from the UK, many of the motor factors are not able to ship to an address that is not linked to the credit card, and then they wont ship out of the UK.
I did some hunting around locally and it seems there are many agents for well known OEM manufacturers, for example Dynatrade
They are the agents for LuK, Sachs, Bilstein, Boge, Tokiko, Valeo & a number of others. There are actually a lot of agents here and the simple truth is that they are simply UNWILLING to help us. I have discovered that the simple mention of Alfa Romeo sets them on the the NO route and they then go into dumb mode. More recently, I have been finding the part numbers for the OEM parts that they CAN get if they wanted to make the effort. When they ask me what car, I merely say that it is irrelevant, please give me cost and availability or delivery time. Once they find out it is Alfa.....back to NO, we dont supply that.
What follows is nasty for sure, but should I care?? I call up the head honcho's at the respective company and ask them why they are unwilling to help....sometimes they change their tune, other times not. If not, I simply call up the manufacturers and ask them why their agents are unwilling to help me when I am going through the correct channels.
I have been receiving favourable responses and I now have the MD of KYB Middle East sourcing shocks for my 155, I also have received a quote from the local Bilstein agent quoting me a price for some B4 front shocks....not bad either....EUR74 each landed (ok, 10 weeks delivery, but I am awaiting the airfreight pricing)
I have had ENOUGH of these people and their attitude, and I am going to take the rough route, I fail to see why I should BIN my car because as the holders of the agency, they will not help me.
Sooooo, if anyone is looking for some parts like brake disks, clutches, brake pads, shocks, wishbones, bearings, tie-rod ends etc etc....lets get together and get them to help us out.
Most of the time I get onto the VALEO online catalog, or the Quinton Hazel one and search for the relevant part numbers. KYB, Bilstein, Lemforder, ZF, SACHS, LUK and most other OEMs have online catalogs....I think collectively we are in a better position.
Anyone need anything?