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Offline sammuel

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good experience at oriellys
« on: January 23, 2012, 08:53:54 PM »
So went into oriellys auto parts today to get the parts for a TFI upgrade the lady behind the counter knew what an eagle was and actually was previously the owner of one had a nice time chatting.

PS the TFI parts where not all there they are on order but they actually had all the parts in stock at the store if I had wanted an OEM replacement for the eagle that struck me as something that doesn't happen often
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Re: good experience at oriellys
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2012, 11:08:50 PM »
I have worked for O'Reilly for years and I love the company I work for.  I'm glad to hear you had a good experience. 
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Re: good experience at oriellys
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2012, 04:03:18 AM »
Ive always had very good luck with them too...I wish I had one near me...all I got is autozone and car quest their descent but like you said O'Riellys/checker is by my favorite.
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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2012, 09:15:56 AM »
I had worked the counter at O'Reilly's for over two years and what I can assure you is that it's the personnel that make all the difference.  For the most part, finding a reliable worker regardless of knowledge or experience is foremost in this part of the country (NO work ethic whatsoever.)  I've been in the parts and service end of automobiles for almost 40 years now and I have a customer following that finds my ASE Certified butt wherever I go (currently CarQuest), and I appreciate them as much as they appreciate me.  Value your parts tech! :amc:
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« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2012, 10:49:56 PM »
I had worked the counter at O'Reilly's for over two years and what I can assure you is that it's the personnel that make all the difference.  For the most part, finding a reliable worker regardless of knowledge or experience is foremost in this part of the country (NO work ethic whatsoever.)  I've been in the parts and service end of automobiles for almost 40 years now and I have a customer following that finds my ASE Certified butt wherever I go (currently CarQuest), and I appreciate them as much as they appreciate me.  Value your parts tech! :amc:

Well said on all counts.  You need to appreciate your parts people.  It seems like it is all to common for the parts guys to be judged before customers even interact with them.  If I had a nickel for every time I heard, "I know more than the guys at the parts house."  I too am ASE Certified, parts and Automotive.  I have been behind the counter for 8 years and in this management job for 3.  I got told by a retail customer today that I didn't know what I was talking about... *sigh*  It is a tough business because in the parts world your customers come in already upset because their car is broken.  It definitely takes a special type of person to stay in that industry... or a crazy person :)
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Re: Experience at auto parts stores
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2012, 10:55:42 PM »
I have been behind the counter for 8 years and in this management job for 3.  I got told by a retail customer today that I didn't know what I was talking about... *sigh*  

I work in a shop, and occasionally I'll do a service advisor job for the day to fill in.. and what people 'think' they know, is insane.

I've had a lot of good luck with parts guys lately.. but I've also had some awful ones. The most ridiculous being a 'manager' telling me that my car didn't have a driveshaft, so he couldn't order me U-joint straps. I guess it ran on magic.  ;D

For the GOOD parts people though, thank you.. and don't quit your job!
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« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2012, 08:22:45 AM »
Yes, I'm crazy, and I have no intention of leaving this (frustrating sometimes) rewarding job! :amc:
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Re: good experience at oriellys
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2012, 08:53:13 AM »
Didn't know there were this many parts guys on here, lol. I've been at it for about 11 years now, it's definitly a love-hate type of job.
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Re: good experience at oriellys
« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2012, 11:21:23 AM »
Didn't know there were this many parts guys on here, lol. I've been at it for about 11 years now, it's definitly a love-hate type of job.

I've actually looked in to it here, but most 'chain' parts stores around here pay horribly. Not sure if private ones are any better.

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« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2012, 11:36:42 AM »
Independent parts stores are being pushed out by the chains, and the chains are all about profit for their shareholders.  That being said, I left "the (cheap) green shamrock" last year for CarQuest,  a decent wage, reasonable hours and human treatment.  Of course, 35+ years experience and ASE Certification helps. :amc:
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Re: good experience at oriellys
« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2012, 11:39:03 AM »
That's why I switched to dealerships as opposed to aftermarket, still not great pay (depends on the dealer), but not horrible.
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Re: good experience at oriellys
« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2012, 11:41:38 AM »
Didn't know there were this many parts guys on here, lol. I've been at it for about 11 years now, it's definitly a love-hate type of job.

I've actually looked in to it here, but most 'chain' parts stores around here pay horribly. Not sure if private ones are any better.

I have changed parts jobs a couple times and I have found the same thing (at least in my area).  You always have to prove yourself.  My last store change I took a $4.00/hr pay cut to make the move and eventually earned it back after showing my skills.  Your previous credentials get you the job but the pay comes with knowledge, sales and customer service.  As we have said before good parts guys are hard to come by and if you show the right attitude, good service and parts knowledge a parts house WILL pay you.  

As far as independent parts houses, it all depends on the owner.  I worked for one for a while and it was awful.  I was there 2.5 years and every day was just bad.  I could write a book on it but if that's somethign you want to try interview the owner before you accept.  
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Re: good experience at oriellys
« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2012, 08:14:13 PM »
I usually have good luck at O'Reilly's.  They're my first choice.  However, the next to last time I  went there I left because they were short handed and it didn't look like I would get waited on.  Guess someone didn't come in to work that day.  It can happen to anyone - it happens where I work.
As in all the parts stores it depends on the individual behind the counter.  My main complaint with O'Reilly's is that I hardly ever see the same people in there a second time.  I once had a great experience with a helpful, knowledgeable black lady.  I've never seen her again.  At Advance and NAPA I usually see the same people.
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Re: good experience at oriellys
« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2012, 03:45:23 AM »
At Advance and NAPA I usually see the same people.

I was actually in the USA for 10 days, just came back a few days ago. I made a few trips to Advance and NAPA. I found NAPA a lot more helpful.

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Re: good experience at oriellys
« Reply #14 on: January 26, 2012, 07:55:04 PM »
  A good parts man will grab the book before  the computer!!

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« Reply #15 on: January 26, 2012, 09:38:16 PM »
I think I know where you're coming from.   Most parts persons rely way too much on the screen and if it's not apparent "it must not exist." Bearings and seals are a perfect example.  But I can tell you that the computer has made the counterperson's life much easier and transactions far more accurate, and in my case, legible! :amc:
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Re: good experience at oriellys
« Reply #16 on: January 26, 2012, 10:26:56 PM »
  A good parts man will grab the book before  the computer!!

You see this is exactly what I am talking about.  Giving a the parts guys a hard time.  There are certain things that the books are better for but I think most parts people will tell you if there is a mis-print in the book it is also in the computer.  It is not a perfect tool but it is a very, very, very good tool.   
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« Reply #17 on: January 27, 2012, 08:27:56 AM »
Something to remember though, in certain circumstances, there is no book to look at. The only tool given is the computer.
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Re: good experience at oriellys
« Reply #18 on: January 27, 2012, 11:06:46 PM »
I have PLENTY of proof the computer, book AND the wingnuts who are supposed to update them are wrong on many occasions, but they won't accept it. I get the "the book doesn't say that and even though you have a certified email from the manufacturer and aftermarket supplier, we cannot change it" My fav was the wrong Fram listing (when I worked for Schmucks before Oreally took over) "According to the '99 book, that filter we list is correct for an '01" Umm, no. It isn't since the book was printed long before the '01 vehicle came out. (They REALLY hate it when you use common sense!)
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« Reply #19 on: January 27, 2012, 11:17:28 PM »
Something to remember though, in certain circumstances, there is no book to look at. The only tool given is the computer.

The book versus computer debate is kind of like saying people who watch Beta tapes are better movie connoisseurs than people who watch Blue Ray. 

The industry has changed and it is not going back.  Books are expensive to print and they are obsolete as soon as they are made.  Computers can be updated daily and they are cheap to operate.  Many manufactures are not even printing catalogs yearly anymore for that reason.  Many of my suppliers are working hard on websites that have all of this information.  As shaggimo said, sometimes it is not only your best tool but also your only tool. 

My other gripe is the speed factor.  Catalogs, checking the shelf, price sheets and had written tickets are fun and all but the bottom line is that takes easily twice as long to do as computer catalogs with inventory control.  Everyone think of how long you can wait in line before you get tired of waiting. 

[quote  It is not a perfect tool but it is a very, very, very good tool.   

its only a good tool WHEN IT WORKS!!! a few times i have gone in, and their satalite, or what ever they use for system comunications has been down. you cant look up parts, unless you got a GOOD parts guy who KNOWS how to use a book. you cant pay for anything unless you have CASH!! even some places, you cant even pay cash, because the computer systems completely quit if there is no comunication with the main company server or what ever its called.

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This is a huge complaint of mine being a manager.  EVERY single store of any kind has the ability to go "old school" if need be.  I have busted so many of my employees telling customers "we cant take debit" "we cant check the warehouse" "we cant ring up anything."  This is a work ethic and motivation issue.... which is a complete other thread because those are things that seem like they are going extinct. 
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Re: good experience at oriellys
« Reply #20 on: January 27, 2012, 11:53:05 PM »
When our interstore goes down, you can't even call the warehouse to check if a part is available unless it happens M-F 10 am to 4 pm
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« Reply #21 on: January 28, 2012, 04:15:43 AM »
I worked for an independent NAPA for about 2.5 years.  One of my worst days ever in the parts world was a power outage day.  The power went out at the store but thankfully we had battery backups for all the terminals up front.  Unfortunately the owners didn't have the foresight to battery backup the main server that houses the parts catalog.  The battery backups for the phones were working so the wholesale calls kept pumping in and about 90% of the business done out of this store was wholesale.  We had no computers to look things up quickly, had hand written invoices, and did all this by flashlight.  Jobber price sheets (old school I know) were also obsolete and the owner felt it irresponsible to share with us the costs on parts because it is "none of our business."  We had to call a neighboring store and ask them what they charged for the parts.

The worst part for me was the guy that worked to my right would make chit chat with customers that came in about since he is old and has been in parts forever he knows how to use the books, make calls etc.  Then he would say "not like these young guys" and gesture to me.  After 8 hours in the dark the power came on and I had 40 manual invoices to transfer to electronic in the computer.  My neighbor had...8.  So much for the young kids not being able to handle it :)
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« Reply #22 on: January 30, 2012, 01:18:53 AM »
Hey you whipper snapper! The "geezer" from my store passed away (he worked on Model As when they were new) and now I ARE the geezer! (even older than the owner!)
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« Reply #23 on: January 30, 2012, 01:35:13 AM »
Hey you whipper snapper! The "geezer" from my store passed away (he worked on Model As when they were new) and now I ARE the geezer! (even older than the owner!)

I used to joke with that guy about the advantages of being an old guy vs. a young guy.  He told me he had more part numbers memorized than I ever will.  I told him I could check 3 books and make a phone call to find it before he could dig that info out of his failing brain :)
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Re: good experience at oriellys
« Reply #24 on: February 17, 2012, 02:42:44 PM »
  A good parts man will grab the book before  the computer!!

You see this is exactly what I am talking about.  Giving a the parts guys a hard time.  There are certain things that the books are better for but I think most parts people will tell you if there is a mis-print in the book it is also in the computer.  It is not a perfect tool but it is a very, very, very good tool.   

If you're ever in Advance for U-Joints, and the counterman goes by the computer, run.  Their system is flawed in that regard.  Anytime a customer mentioned the word in my store, the first thing I did was grab the book!
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Re: good experience at oriellys
« Reply #25 on: February 17, 2012, 10:27:47 PM »
  A good parts man will grab the book before  the computer!!

You see this is exactly what I am talking about.  Giving a the parts guys a hard time.  There are certain things that the books are better for but I think most parts people will tell you if there is a mis-print in the book it is also in the computer.  It is not a perfect tool but it is a very, very, very good tool.   

If you're ever in Advance for U-Joints, and the counterman goes by the computer, run.  Their system is flawed in that regard.  Anytime a customer mentioned the word in my store, the first thing I did was grab the book!

Ujoints are one of those parts that is a straight to the book situation for me.  I used to punch in the vehicle into the computer then pull the book to verify.  Then I had the vehicle info saved and the stockign quantity in front of me too.  Comes with experience I guess. 
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Re: good experience at oriellys
« Reply #26 on: February 18, 2012, 01:19:18 AM »
I have been involved in parts procurement for a fleet, and it is no fun. Part of the job was inventory control i.e. don't go overbudget for any reason. I regularly dealt with 45-day lead times and back orders.

That being said, you parts people on this forum have my respect.  :eagle:
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