Are Rock Auto prices for real?

Discussion in 'Trailering' started by bbwhitejr, Dec 10, 2016.

  1. bbwhitejr

    bbwhitejr Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 14, 2013
    Lake Lanier GA
    2007 44DB
    Cummins QSC 8.3s
    I am planning to replace bearings, races, and seals on my tandem axle trailer in the spring. I want to go with American made bearings and stay away from specifically the Chinese ones. In years past, I have had good success with Timken, never having had one fail.

    I can purchase 2-bearings, 2-races, and 1-seal, all made by Timken, on Amazon for $46.28. My local NAPA dealer can order them for about $61 for same. Today, I remembered Rock Auto being discussed here before and decided to check it out. According to their online store, I can purchase the identical items for $15.68. This sounds to good to be true. I plan to call on Monday to verify.

    Anybody ever had a bad experience with them? Ever purchased anything that had been misrepresented?

  2. saopm

    saopm Member

    Oct 6, 2010
    North Fork - Long Island, NY
    2007 340 Sundancer
    Mercury 8.1s Inboards
    I never had a problem with Rock Auto. Regardless where you buy Timken's double check the bearings are stamped USA. The ones I get from rock auto were.
  3. paulswagelock

    paulswagelock Well-Known Member

    Oct 25, 2010
    2018 SDX 270 OB 300 Verado
    Verado 300
    Purchased many items from rock auto. Always pleased.
  4. DanW

    DanW Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 3, 2013
    Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Isleton, CA
    1988 340 Sundancer - "Nautical Smiles"
    1998 Regal 2100 LSR
    Sea Ray - Mercruiser 454
    Regal - Volvo 5.0Gi w/ Volvo-Penta outdrive
    I've purchased from rock auto with no problems.

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  5. Bob & Sue

    Bob & Sue Active Member

    Jun 3, 2011
    Browns Point Tacoma WA
    Sold 1999 270DA Sundancer
    5.7l Mercuiser
    Never had a problem with them just make sure if you need to return the parts they're in the same condition as received (no grease, oil or ripped packaging) they'll return the parts to you COD or charge a fee for opened parts unless it was their mistake.
  6. northern

    northern Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    West coast Vancouver to Alaska
    380 Aft Cabin 1989 GPS and Charts by Nobeltec
    Twin 454 strait shaft
    I have got a lot of parts from them. Quality always good. The Quicksilver generator parts are hard to get from others. I got engine water pump, timing belt and tensioner. They sourced the parts in England for me. I have got parts for cars from them and always good and they fit.
  7. rcmafgny

    rcmafgny Active Member

    Oct 10, 2009
    Long Island, NY
    2008 33 Sundancer; Kohler Gen set; Simrad electronics
    Twin 8.1 Horizons w/ V Drives
    Rock auto is great and reputable. Frankly, i'm surprised at that price discrepency.
  8. boatman37

    boatman37 Well-Known Member

    Jun 6, 2015
    2006 Crownline 250CR. 5.7 Merc BIII
    Previous: 1986 Sea Ray 250 Sundancer. 260 Merc Alpha 1 Gen 1
    5.7 Merc BIII
    I have bought several items from Rock Auto. Never a problem
  9. RidgeRunner

    RidgeRunner Member

    Jan 25, 2017
    Chesapeake VA
    Amberjack w/ Fishing Package. Full Camper Pkg. 3 ax. Trler. Standard Horizon 2200 VHF w/AIS No Mid
    Single 350 MAG MPI B3
    they've worked well for me. Just got a new radiator for a Suburban, 97 bucks....
  10. Mike Blake

    Mike Blake Active Member

    Jan 27, 2012
    Yankeetown FL West coast
    89 340 Sundance all Raymarine.
    Gas hogs 454X2.
    I use them all the time with no problem.
  11. atrick

    atrick Active Member

    Mar 4, 2017
    1995 searay 290 Sundancer
    1990 21 maxum
    Twin 4.3 mercrusers with alpha one genII drives
    305 chevy with a alpha one drive
    You need to very wary buying bearings and seals over the internet as there have been bulletins out about the chiness flooding the us markets with copy cat bearings and packaging that looks exactly like Timken packaging! The difference is the bearings are not heat treated and don't last very long under loads. Bottom line in this area "you get what you paid for and if its too good to be true it probably is" Rick
  12. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    I've bought a lot of parts for the cars in our household from Rock Auto and never had a problem. Their prices are great.
  13. bbwhitejr

    bbwhitejr Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 14, 2013
    Lake Lanier GA
    2007 44DB
    Cummins QSC 8.3s
    I ordered all bearings, races, and seals from Rock Auto. All had Timken stamped on them and made in the USA.

    Almost seemed to good to be true, but saved me a ton of money.

  14. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    Another +1 for Rock Auto, have ordered a number of parts from them, most recently brake pads / rotors for my Lexus, could not believe the price and so far no issues at all.
  15. CliffA

    CliffA Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions
    I have used Rock Auto also without issue....but don't assume they have the lowest prices for everything....just today I was looking at a MAP sensor for my truck....Rock Auto price was $51.....I found it on Amazon for $34.....both are OEM AC Delco free 2 day shipping from Amazon since I am a 'Prime' member....

  16. KHE

    KHE Member

    Feb 28, 2012
    West Michigan
    1997 Sea Ray 240 Sundancer
    Mercruiser 5.7L EFI alpha 1 Gen 2 drive
    The only issue I had with Rockauto that I had was with an AC Delco oxygen sensor for my Cadillac. The sensor I bought looked like the correct one and was in a AC Delco box but a few days after I installed the sensor, I started getting the same trouble code and Service Engine light. I still had the old sensor and the box on my bench. The box had "Made in US" on it instead of "Made in USA". I called AC Delco and they confirmed that it was a counterfeit part.

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