You have all read numerous articles that have been in the Toronto newspapers the huge discrepancy in car part prices between Canada and the U.S. I have written a number of Blog entries on this subject as well, most recently the $350.00 difference in a replacement rim for my car between Kia Newmarket and Fucillio Kia in Buffalo after a minor fender bender.
Now there is a great new site that will let you instantly see how much the Canadian Dealer or independent shop is ripping you off and you can instantly see if a trip to Buffalo or other border town is warranted. As mentioned in earlier Blogs if you get an oil change, fill up with gas and get a car wash you are already saving money and have more than paid for the gas to do the trip. At 1.31/ltr. your paying $4.91/gal. – At 13.7 gallons my cost to fill up this past weekend in Buffalo was $53.29, in Newmarket it would have cost $68.24. At 31MPG I would get 119 “free” miles. At 113 miles round trip Newmarket to Buffalo the trip, as said, is free – cost just a $3.25 toll.
Bookmark this site on your phone or tablet http://www.repairpal.com when you access the site it will ask for your make, model and year also for your location, use 14221 for Buffalo. Once you get the estimate you can also locate recommended shops on the site.