Tue, November 28, 2000
This email is a rebuttal to RipOff #3925. It was sent by Robert Sokol at [email protected] Start "Start Mart" aka Schuckmans, & Checkered Flag, & Auto Zip (#3925) They filed the following "Consumer Advocate Advise" to the above Rip-Off Report: Their email: [email protected] Their name: Robert Sokol ADVISE: Most garages/repair shops do not rebuild their own starters and alternators. There are some starter/alternator rebuild shops that buy starters and alternators from salvage yards for $20 or $30 a piece, test and paint them and then sell them to garages. Normally they will warranty them for 1 year or less. On the other hand, did you pay them to totally rebuild your starter or to repair it. They are not the same thing. To repair a starter, they would replace the failed component and then put it back together. To properly rebuld a start can only be done with specialized equipment which repair shops do not have. Most tarter/alternator rebuild shops put as little as possible into a starter playing the odds that it will last past the warranty period. You will normally have better luck purchasing a new starter, or from a major rebuilder, or grab one from a salvage yard for $20 or $30 bucks. Starters today last much longer than they did from years ago.