Dealer economics on parts (rhetorical)
I like to support Fastlane, but I also like to 'oil the local economy', and check with our local dealer occasionally for parts. The fuel pump relay went out on our 300TE this weekend, it's a pain driving to work and back with the relay jumpered, so I gave a call to the parts department at the dealer.
Long story short, would not budge one bit off price for their relay, which is nearly $60 over what you can get it for at any respected web parts supplier ($160 MSRP, $100ish from web).
Offered to split the difference with them, no way. What is it about dealer economics that I'm missing - the chance to make $30 seems better than making $0, right?
Sorry for the rhetorical post - I just find this fascinating.
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