I was reading my last post where I was thinking of checking shipping prices at the local post office, but life conjured against me once again. Our car had a malfunction, sniff, and we had to took it in. It was the upper inlet manifold, for those not in the know it's the piece of metal where you can also find the throttle valve.
Since our car is 12 years old, spending too much money is not a great idea, but, there's always a but, isn't it?, it's the only one we have and therefore we had to get it fixed no matter what. The mechanic told us that the price for the original spare part was around 800 euros, the not-branded one around 500. EEECH! Way too much!! That was the moment my "despicable banausic mind" stepped in: I took a photo of the part, wrote down the serial number and googled for it. Bingo! I found a new one in England for 267! I bought it, without giving a second thought about it! The only downside was the shipping, that took 9 long days.
Should you ever buy something on Ebay that has written under shipping: global priority shipping, don't buy! Search for another site with standard couriers.
The box remained parked waiting for labeling and custom's declarations in England ( even if there is no need of custom declarations when shipping from England to Italy) for 5 long long days. I paid 13 £ for shipping costs, such a waste.
I would have paid more and gladly to have the piece sooner. Two weeks without a car was pure dread. I had to skip an appointment to the dentist, Alex missed 2 weeks TKW training, which I had already paid for, my fridge would have cried in despair if it had eyes to do it and I finished all I had in the kitchen pantry. Oh my I can't live without a car, public services suck here!
We got our car back only yesterday, halleluyah!
Total cost: 267 for the spare part and 98 for the handling by the grease monkey...
I would have preferred new shoes or a cricut cutting machine (my secret dream) but life isn't always the way you want it...
What matters most is the we are motorized again!
There is a new kit out there, a beauty created by Scrap'Angie and called Ethereal Dream:
Download here, password: speranza