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    Buying parts from a dealer.

    I just called my dealer and I wanted to buy a few parts. I was informed during the conversation that some parts only come in packs containing certain quantities. For instance, the radiator control sleeve for an 2007 automatic e90 335i (17 117 521 781) only comes in packs of 8, despite the fact there is only one of these on the car. This meant to get a single replacement sleeve, I was being told I would have to buy eight of them.

    Of course I understand that it makes sense to package the same item together to save on freight at some point. But I would think once they are brought to the order fulfillment facility in the United States, the packs would be broken down into individual quantities to complete each order.

    Was the guy I was talking to unable to comprehend how ordering parts works, or is this normal?

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    Try sending an IM or email to the guys at Tischer BMW: http://getbmwparts.com/contact_form.html
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    Shop around, call some other dealers. Might get lucky & find 1 that has what you're looking for sitting on a shelf
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    Moved to N54.
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    I did end up ordering it from Tischer, but for such a cheap part, the added shipping was far more than any money I saved by using Tischer. I try to get small stuff locally when I can.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ajm8127 Click here to enlarge
    I did end up ordering it from Tischer, but for such a cheap part, the added shipping was far more than any money I saved by using Tischer. I try to get small stuff locally when I can.
    How much was the shipping?
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    How much was the shipping?
    Usually $8 minimum.
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    Right, 7.95. I used the USPS flat rate box option, but the shipping was still more than the part. It's just silly that I would have to buy eight of them from the local dealer.

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    @ajm8127: Get acquainted with some indy shops in your area. These guys generally have wholesale accounts who can get your parts for much cheaper than you would pay online.
    When I need a part I check with my local network and online resources, currently I have 5 local sources and whatever I can find online. I have 3 dealerships that are within range that I can grab parts from at competitive rates and two indies who give me a great deal as well. Getting to know the guys at your dealership's parts counter also goes a long way to securing deals; I'm on my 3rd BMW and I can arrange some pretty spectacular deals from the parts guys at my most local dealership.
    And as a final tip, you -can- haggle the parts counter guys down, show them the price from a competitor and they'd be willing to at least save you the cost of shipping.
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