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    Default New Amortiguadores - Buy in US and ship

    OK - So I related my story before, (since deleted), about a highly advertised shop in Puerto Plata selling me shocks and struts for $ 130 each (+ impuestos) for my 4x4 Santa Fe SUV.

    One rear shock failed after ~2000 kilometers ( noticed it at oil change at 9 weeks after install) and they refused to warranty the shock absorber, saying I 'abused it', how can you argue such a silly statement ?
    It's like asking "When did you stop beating your wife".....
    They just didn't want to lose a peso.

    I only drove on the road between Sosua / Cabarete & Puerto Plata in those 9 weeks - I guess that's the abuse ?

    Anyway I ordered 2 KYB top of the line gas shocks for $120/pair and paid the dreadful cost to ship them ( 2 days ) of 2,200 pesos. No problem flying in the shocks as some had said might happen (via CPS)

    Installation at Taller Rubio was 800 pesos for both in 15 minutes.

    So all in $180 US or more than $80 cheaper than the shop in POP and way higher quality shocks.

    I can tell the difference in faster recovery over bumps and no body roll and the difference was noticeable immediately.

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    Glad you got that sorted. I suspect buying direct and shipping may be a better alternative for a lot of things. At least you know what you are getting.

    Anyone have any experiences with the major dealerships in SD? Dealerships are generally horribly expensive and all, but just curious. Our friend in Las Terrenas had to flat bed his truck to SD because the locals hosed up his engine repair. Some repairs I suspect will be too specialized for anyone but the dealer.

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    Good to know. 2200 pesos for 2 day delivery of a pair of shocks seems very reasonable to me. Who is CPS?

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    It might pay to ship by ‘slow boat’ mudanza and keep a pair on hand.
    I did the same... shipped in shocks for the Jeep.
    Keeping a small inventory of parts can be valuable

    Heck ... I’ve shipped in my oil.....

    As I have said... I ship in all the important things..and it’s not costly

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    Quote Originally Posted by cavok View Post
    Good to know. 2200 pesos for 2 day delivery of a pair of shocks seems very reasonable to me. Who is CPS?
    Freight delivery service between Sosua Batey and David's Tire Shop on North Side of road.
    19°46'18.92"N, -70°29'56.60"W on your GPS

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    Quote Originally Posted by william webster View Post
    It might pay to ship by ‘slow boat’ mudanza and keep a pair on hand.
    I did the same... shipped in shocks for the Jeep.
    Keeping a small inventory of parts can be valuable

    Heck ... I’ve shipped in my oil.....

    As I have said... I ship in all the important things..and it’s not costly
    William - Who do you use to ship & how that is 'not costly'

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyM View Post
    Glad you got that sorted. I suspect buying direct and shipping may be a better alternative for a lot of things. At least you know what you are getting.

    Anyone have any experiences with the major dealerships in SD? Dealerships are generally horribly expensive and all, but just curious. Our friend in Las Terrenas had to flat bed his truck to SD because the locals hosed up his engine repair. Some repairs I suspect will be too specialized for anyone but the dealer.
    Hosing repairs is a full time job for most 'mechanics' in DR. I think there are some who couldn't change a bicycle flat calling themselves mechanics. If I am not dealing with a man in at least his mid-30s, then I know he doesn't know squat.

    I recommend Rubio near the Base in Puerto Plata. Reasonable prices, nice guy and will listen to you explain things in broken Spanish.
    Camps Automotive in Puerto Plata is good but more pricey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chico bill View Post
    William - Who do you use to ship & how that is 'not costly'
    I buy online with free shipping usually

    Then send to my mudanza in NYC
    Awilda Shipping.... Jesus Parra
    Only glitch is he doesn’t take credit cards... his clientele doesn’t have them... hahaha

    Pricing depends ... a box is about $30...barrels, add $100 or so to that

    Problem with the fast in shippers is they go by weight
    I use them for light stuff only
    Plus ... they have the $200 rule.... taxes

    I have a BIG box coming next week, a refrigerator box
    Trimmer, blower, vacuum cleaner and assorted personal effects
    $200....
    They stuffed it full.
    Door to door...

    I’m a believer

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    Quote Originally Posted by william webster View Post
    I buy online with free shipping usually

    Then send to my mudanza in NYC
    Awilda Shipping.... Jesus Parra
    Only glitch is he doesn’t take credit cards... his clientele doesn’t have them... hahaha

    Pricing depends ... a box is about $30...barrels, add $100 or so to that

    Problem with the fast in shippers is they go by weight
    I use them for light stuff only
    Plus ... they have the $200 rule.... taxes

    I have a BIG box coming next week, a refrigerator box
    Trimmer, blower, vacuum cleaner and assorted personal effects
    $200....
    They stuffed it full.
    Door to door...

    I’m a believer
    You and Micky Dolenz. Are you a former Monkey ?
    Anyway then how do you pay him ? Do you tip the delivery guy.
    Thinking of sending my Hilti TE 72 and bits - weighs about 65 lbs. Maybe also throw in a new Hammer drill
    So you ship to his address free, then he has an address registered to you like the ship-by-weight shippers ?

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    He uses the boat
    Yes I am on file...

    You can pay the delivery truck.... no tips from me
    I usually send a check if I’m in the USA...
    Or drop off with cash

    Use my name ... you need to box your stuff...or he will do it

    It’s very easy

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