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A high demand for auto parts?

Escanaba home to many auto parts dealers

March 31, 2014

ESCANABA — While opinions vary on whether or not Escanaba can support six auto parts stores, some local employees agree motorists are maintaining their cars and trucks to keep them longer because of......

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BravesRock

Apr-06-14 7:42 PM

The scary thing is that I actually agree with the frog. I doubt all six stores can survive but it's not the City's responsibility to see that they do or decide how many there should be.

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frogleggs

Apr-06-14 1:57 PM

WHO CARES ?

Who cares how many automotive part's store there are . . .

This is a perfect example of the

capitalism and the "free enterprise system"

at its finest.

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WhoWee

Mar-31-14 9:40 PM

All six stores should be next to each other so tourists driving through town can see how silly this is. Knock KMart down and make it "Auto Parts Mall".

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mopeds

Mar-31-14 12:54 PM

ofcourse, 20% markup on a part already discounted to the shops.. if you bring your own part, pay double the labor? if that isn't the most glaring reason as to why more people need to learn to fix their own cars and abandon these auto repair (crook) shops, nothing is. Too many shops act as if they are doing you a favor for their shoddy work. I applaud those who want to learn more, go for it.

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ofcourse

Mar-31-14 12:24 PM

If you can't fix your own car then the 20% they mark them up should be no big deal to you. They also get a bigger discount on parts then you do therefore most of the time even with the mark up the part is less then what you would have to pay. However, if it concerns you then bring your own part...and pay double the labor

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mopeds

Mar-31-14 12:00 PM

I had one car where 3 shops couldn't fix it (their computers said nothing wrong) researched on the internet and followed a recommendation and it solved the issue. The one thing Escanaba area REALLY needs is an automotive machine shop, one that does cylinder boring, valve/head work etc. its getting harder and harder to find a good machine shop.

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mopeds

Mar-31-14 11:57 AM

while I applaud the availability to secure parts, I just think its too many stores. I know some of these stores are hurting due to the additional competition, like NAPA, but NAPA's customer service stinks! There is nothing worse than a counter parts person telling you the car is too old etc. or no (with out even looking up the part) that its not available. I say the people at NAPA get whats coming to em. As for local mechanic shops having specialized tools, ha. I had many cars in the shops and they "plug in" their computer and say everything is fine when the car runs like crap, when you ask em if they did a compression test, they look at you like you are from outerspace or something. These same shops mark up all the parts they get from local parts stores anyway. This is why people have to learn to fix their own cars. Places like Advanced Auto can scan error codes but you still need to trouble shoot further, research on the internet etc.

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