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#74 - Quick question: How many people do you think work at Autozone …  [+] (1 new reply) 04/29/2015 on Tales of an autoparts worker 0
#106 - singcastratoforme (04/30/2015) [-]
I'd say most people working there like cars but only about 10 percent know anything about them
#73 - One of my friends used to work at Autozone. He got in trouble …  [+] (1 new reply) 04/29/2015 on Tales of an autoparts worker 0
#89 - deadfed (04/29/2015) [-]
Well fuck that manager. They dont care about anything but sales. When I was doing mechanic work we would only charge our hourly rate if we were really busy, which was $65 an hour. Thats pretty damn cheap compared to all the other places around us which went up to $150 an hour. If we only had two or three cars though there was no hourly rate. We would also sit down with the customer and lookup different places to get their parts for the cheapest and tell them our recommendations and experiences with those places. Saved a lot of people a lot of money by getting their starter, alternator, etc. rebuilt instead of a brand new one. We didnt have a contract with any parts store so we didnt have to go through them, but we also didnt get the discounts so we worked with the customer and tried to give them the cheapest option possible, while also leaving any work done completely up to them.
#52 - Needed a rack & pinion for my 83' Datsun 280zx I compared …  [+] (6 new replies) 04/29/2015 on Tales of an autoparts worker 0
#53 - singcastratoforme (04/29/2015) [-]
Sounds about right. We had 12 people in our store, including the managers. Out of us all, there were 2 of us that had ASE parts certifications, and we both worked the commercial side of the business. We wouldn't even let someone else pick up the phone for commercial because they'd get the wrong parts for the shops. We had 2 more commercial people that we had doing just deliveries. When we were slow back there, we'd help out up front and it was always a cluster fuck because it ended up being us going to coworkers and redoing everything they were doing to get people the right parts. Everyone working there just assumed get people the cheapest, not realizing that the cheapest doesn't work right most of the time. We were so anal about it that we made sure people were getting spark plugs that were OEM if we had them motorcraft for fords and whatnot

Working there sucked when you were on the floor. Commercial was fine, but half the time we were ordering parts from the dealer for our shops so that they got the best possible because we could still buy the part, pick it up, and sell it to them for cheaper than they could get it from the dealer themselves. I was there 6 months, and in that time we took commercial from a 60% deficit every week to being an average of 75% above targets. In that same time, the customer side of the store went from 2000 above target each week to 15k under. Store management is a big part of the problem. They don't teach people how to do things correctly. The commercial managers are the only ones who know anything about anything in AutoZone stores. I went to Advance after that and was so much happier with how my coworkers were there as far as knowledge, but they still weren't great at it. O'Reilly's is really the best bet for getting the right parts the first time around.
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#74 - blurpleman (04/29/2015) [-]
Quick question: How many people do you think work at Autozone because Autozone compared to people that work at Autozone because they actually like cars?
#106 - singcastratoforme (04/30/2015) [-]
I'd say most people working there like cars but only about 10 percent know anything about them
#64 - deadfed (04/29/2015) [-]
I fucking love you man. Thank you for confirming my suspicions. Ive got friends who simply dont believe me. All they ever get is spark plugs, oil and steering wheel covers or some bullshit anyway. I was helping a friend of mine replace his plugs and wires, he opted for the cheaper autolites when I STRONGLY advised against it. Cashier at autozone said theyre the best for his car, so he shouldnt have a problem. Thing is autolites are a big no-no in honda accords. A few days later he started misfiring, limped it home and when he opened the hood one of the cylinders was on fire. Took it apart down at the shop and one of the spark plugs was melted, and there was a quarter sized hole in the block. Autolites are what I used in my Neon, and I continue to use them in my B2200, but in Hondas go with NGK.
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#73 - blurpleman (04/29/2015) [-]
One of my friends used to work at Autozone. He got in trouble with his manager because he told a customer to get NGKs and the person went with his suggestion, but his manager said that he has to sell them parts from Autozone (they didn't have NGKs).
#89 - deadfed (04/29/2015) [-]
Well fuck that manager. They dont care about anything but sales. When I was doing mechanic work we would only charge our hourly rate if we were really busy, which was $65 an hour. Thats pretty damn cheap compared to all the other places around us which went up to $150 an hour. If we only had two or three cars though there was no hourly rate. We would also sit down with the customer and lookup different places to get their parts for the cheapest and tell them our recommendations and experiences with those places. Saved a lot of people a lot of money by getting their starter, alternator, etc. rebuilt instead of a brand new one. We didnt have a contract with any parts store so we didnt have to go through them, but we also didnt get the discounts so we worked with the customer and tried to give them the cheapest option possible, while also leaving any work done completely up to them.
#48 - I don't go to autozone anymore for certain parts. They always…  [+] (8 new replies) 04/29/2015 on Tales of an autoparts worker +2
#51 - singcastratoforme (04/29/2015) [-]
Especially sensors that you then have to splice wires in instead of just being able to connect them. All my coworkers did that. I was trained on the commercial side where we weren't complete fucking morons though. Since we had to deal with shops we had to know a decent amount and we never did the universals back there. It's stupid to. OEM is the way to go.
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#52 - blurpleman (04/29/2015) [-]
Needed a rack & pinion for my 83' Datsun 280zx I compared Autozones and my original the Autozone one was like almost a whole foot extra length.
#53 - singcastratoforme (04/29/2015) [-]
Sounds about right. We had 12 people in our store, including the managers. Out of us all, there were 2 of us that had ASE parts certifications, and we both worked the commercial side of the business. We wouldn't even let someone else pick up the phone for commercial because they'd get the wrong parts for the shops. We had 2 more commercial people that we had doing just deliveries. When we were slow back there, we'd help out up front and it was always a cluster fuck because it ended up being us going to coworkers and redoing everything they were doing to get people the right parts. Everyone working there just assumed get people the cheapest, not realizing that the cheapest doesn't work right most of the time. We were so anal about it that we made sure people were getting spark plugs that were OEM if we had them motorcraft for fords and whatnot

Working there sucked when you were on the floor. Commercial was fine, but half the time we were ordering parts from the dealer for our shops so that they got the best possible because we could still buy the part, pick it up, and sell it to them for cheaper than they could get it from the dealer themselves. I was there 6 months, and in that time we took commercial from a 60% deficit every week to being an average of 75% above targets. In that same time, the customer side of the store went from 2000 above target each week to 15k under. Store management is a big part of the problem. They don't teach people how to do things correctly. The commercial managers are the only ones who know anything about anything in AutoZone stores. I went to Advance after that and was so much happier with how my coworkers were there as far as knowledge, but they still weren't great at it. O'Reilly's is really the best bet for getting the right parts the first time around.
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#74 - blurpleman (04/29/2015) [-]
Quick question: How many people do you think work at Autozone because Autozone compared to people that work at Autozone because they actually like cars?
#106 - singcastratoforme (04/30/2015) [-]
I'd say most people working there like cars but only about 10 percent know anything about them
#64 - deadfed (04/29/2015) [-]
I fucking love you man. Thank you for confirming my suspicions. Ive got friends who simply dont believe me. All they ever get is spark plugs, oil and steering wheel covers or some bullshit anyway. I was helping a friend of mine replace his plugs and wires, he opted for the cheaper autolites when I STRONGLY advised against it. Cashier at autozone said theyre the best for his car, so he shouldnt have a problem. Thing is autolites are a big no-no in honda accords. A few days later he started misfiring, limped it home and when he opened the hood one of the cylinders was on fire. Took it apart down at the shop and one of the spark plugs was melted, and there was a quarter sized hole in the block. Autolites are what I used in my Neon, and I continue to use them in my B2200, but in Hondas go with NGK.
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#73 - blurpleman (04/29/2015) [-]
One of my friends used to work at Autozone. He got in trouble with his manager because he told a customer to get NGKs and the person went with his suggestion, but his manager said that he has to sell them parts from Autozone (they didn't have NGKs).
#89 - deadfed (04/29/2015) [-]
Well fuck that manager. They dont care about anything but sales. When I was doing mechanic work we would only charge our hourly rate if we were really busy, which was $65 an hour. Thats pretty damn cheap compared to all the other places around us which went up to $150 an hour. If we only had two or three cars though there was no hourly rate. We would also sit down with the customer and lookup different places to get their parts for the cheapest and tell them our recommendations and experiences with those places. Saved a lot of people a lot of money by getting their starter, alternator, etc. rebuilt instead of a brand new one. We didnt have a contract with any parts store so we didnt have to go through them, but we also didnt get the discounts so we worked with the customer and tried to give them the cheapest option possible, while also leaving any work done completely up to them.
#46 - I think it means he is actually missing a serpentine belt. …  [+] (1 new reply) 04/29/2015 on Tales of an autoparts worker 0
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#114 - gowge (04/30/2015) [-]
Yea I was just thinking that auxiliary Drive belts can break or just fall off sometimes so it's a perfectly reasonable thing to go get fitted. My belt tensioner went at one point and I thought the altinator had stopped working. Ive never been so happy to see a broken pulley haha
#63 - I grind alot. That sounds so weird. *Use pokemon that … 04/23/2015 on Gym Challenge 0
#34 - I hope that Star Wars: Awakening will make up for Battlefront.…  [+] (3 new replies) 04/23/2015 on Please Be Good 0
#43 - anon (04/23/2015) [-]
Actually we don't really know anything that's going to happen to battlefront until final announcements. Yes EA is going to squeeze every penny out of us. But that doesn't mean the game is going to be bad.
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#82 - tacotrainone (04/23/2015) [-]
theyve already removed space battles, and only have 4 planets
Its done before it even started.
#92 - anon (04/23/2015) [-]
Yeah. I'm all for optimism, but come on people. We have indications from their own twitter, not to mention a good decade of bad business practices from EA under our belt.
#328 - Thank you. I've never actually seen a Tick so had no idea. 03/18/2015 on Australia - Such a nice... 0
#95 - What is that thing above the giant web of spiders? What is…  [+] (2 new replies) 03/17/2015 on Australia - Such a nice... 0
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#317 - cormy (03/18/2015) [-]
Tick - Pain in the ass, infests everything
Mole Cricket - Harmless
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#328 - blurpleman (03/18/2015) [-]
Thank you. I've never actually seen a Tick so had no idea.
#15 - Thanks. Happy Birthday to you too! 3/12/1990  [+] (1 new reply) 03/12/2015 on Happy Birthday to me 0
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#17 - ajperry (03/12/2015) [-]
12/03/1995