The BeckArnleys I got from RockAuto were Italian made, and very will made. Been on the car for about two months and they are wearing very evenly.
By contrast, the Rueville Brand rear wheel bearing kits I got from GAP were trash. The grease seals fell apart (springs fell out and the lips were bad), the grease caps were way oversized, and dented/crushed too easily, and the bearings were Korean (bearing were the only parts I keep).
I had some spare grease seals I ordered from NAPA when I stopped at the store, and order some closeout parts from RockAuto for $.99 each (which were better than the NAPA and GAP/Rueville parts).
I also got my new brake pads from RockAuto as closeouts. PBR/Axxis/Repco Deluxe (white pads). $11.37 for the fronts and $18 for the rears.
RockAuto buys parts being closeout out by other Sellers dirt cheap, as well as manufacturer closeouts, and overstocks. When you go to their website, and go to your car, in the parts catalog you can see what they have available for your car. Most of the parts appear to be quality replacement parts, the manufacturer's name and other information is listed. And I have been told that most closeout parts are shipped from a single warehouse in Texas. Other parts ship from warehouses located all over the U.S., and RockAuto charges per warehouse to determine the cost of shipping. Meaning that you might order brake pads coming from one warehouse, belts from another location, and sparkplugs from a third location. RockAuto's basic shipping fee looks to be around $7.50. For the example I outlined about, you would be paying about $23 for shipping. If you order the same parts (if available) as a closeout, you would pay one shipping charge of about $9.
So when you go to the RockAuto Website, try clicking on all the items don't have a price listed, you will see multiple options for purchasing the item, a new product price, and a closeout product price.
Recently I ordered: a Edelmann power steering pressure hose $10, Genuine Bosch distributor cap $5.90, front Axxis/PBR Corrado G60 White brake pads $11.37, rear Axxis/PBR brake pads $18.79. My cost with $17 shipping was about $63. Other online sellers would charge between $35-$55, plus shipping for each set of brake pads.
Modified by germancarnut51 at 5:18 PM 11-24-2009