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What's the dumbest thing you've heard at a parts store?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ratticis, Apr 30, 2011.

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  1. johnny bondo
    Joined: Aug 20, 2005
    Posts: 1,547

    johnny bondo
    from illinois

    "i need some brake line" "we dont have those" "im looking right at them behind the counter!" "for what car"......... *faceplant
  2. Thumper
    Joined: Mar 7, 2005
    Posts: 1,611


    When the customer comes in and thinks he's gonna fuck with me......I jus smile and ask him........"Whacha' buildin ?? " :D
  3. Von Rigg Fink
    Joined: Jun 11, 2007
    Posts: 13,428

    Von Rigg Fink
    from Garage

    Hahhaha..Im tellin ya
  4. fossilfish
    Joined: Dec 16, 2010
    Posts: 320

    from Texas

    Try getting plastigauge.
  5. apound
    Joined: Jul 13, 2008
    Posts: 542


    I worked at a Chevy dealer several years ago. A guy comes to the front counter and asks if we have any parts in stock for a LUV pickup. Without missing a beat the counterman says "oil and water" the guy left pissed with all of us laughing.
  6. fossilfish
    Joined: Dec 16, 2010
    Posts: 320

    from Texas

    I had just finished installing a GMC inline 302 6 in my 1966 chevy pickup. I needed an exhaust manifold, the one I had was cracked. Went to the junkyard. Told the guy behind the counter what I had and what I needed. He said " well son you don't you don't have a 302 because it won't fit". I said yessir I do have a 302 GMC inline six. He then said "I have been in the parts bidness for 25 years and I know that big engine won't fit in that truck" I told him that "well I wished you would have told me that before I put it in" and I left.
  7. ssk875
    Joined: Jan 15, 2011
    Posts: 61

    from Buffalo

    Ive asked for wheel cylinders and they asked if it was for disk or drum brakes
  8. apound
    Joined: Jul 13, 2008
    Posts: 542


    Recently tried to get a pilot bushing for a 65 GTO 4 speed. The counter jockey asked if that was part of the CV joint.
  9. Amp713
    Joined: May 6, 2011
    Posts: 24

    from Utah

    Sadly the kid working behind the counter ended up workin at our dealership until the owners realized what a horrible mistake they had made.

    Honestly lost customer standing beside car talking to parts kid: So how can i get more power, and better mileage out of my car? (exact car escapes my mind but it was over 10 years old, sputtering, had an exhaust leak, beat to hell and belt squeling.)

  10. Amp713
    Joined: May 6, 2011
    Posts: 24

    from Utah

    hahahahaaa i wish i could have seen that guys face!
  11. Rocky Famoso
    Joined: Mar 30, 2008
    Posts: 3,000

    Rocky Famoso

    How about this one,

    "We don't stock those anymore, but they used to be on aisle five..."
  12. keithreid
    Joined: Apr 18, 2010
    Posts: 55


    Was working in a refinery in Wyoming a couple years ago when our project manager got tired of watching the office girl sit behind her desk and file her nails. He sent her to town to the parts store to get some blinker fluid. Guy behind the counter never blinked, just asked her if she needed yellow or amber.
    She actually called back to the office to see which color we needed. I don't think she ever even caught on.
    No big suprise though. She also got sent to the tool room to get a pipe stretcher once. Was told repeatedly over the radio that it was next to the striped spray paint and she never did find either one.
  13. Can you blieve this?? Some guy in front of me said this!!
    "I bought a Chev!"
    Crazy huh!?

  14. BaltoBeater
    Joined: May 30, 2008
    Posts: 74


    Walked in to a Pep Boys the other day with a friend, he walks up to the counter...

    Clerk: Can I help you?

    Friend: I need a universal fan spacer.

    Clerk: Year, make, and model?

    Friend: Uh... universal.
  15. 1953girlracer
    Joined: Dec 27, 2010
    Posts: 85

    from Redlands

    Besides being asked are you sure thats what your husband wants there are no dumb questions
  16. Frank
    Joined: Jul 30, 2004
    Posts: 2,321


    "Listen her-a. I need a frule pump for a 68 Bruick Impalo"

    heard a newb behind the counter ask an equally clueless customer if a Chrysler was made by Caddilac.
  17. a customer comes in the other day with a receipt for a car battery that he had bought several months earlier. battery had a 72 month warranty and 2 years free replacement , and he wants it replaced. where is the battery? it's in his friends car , but his friend is long gone and he can't get it back. so he thinks we need to give him a new "replacement"

    the sad part is i don't think he was trying to con us , but rather he actually believed i would hand him over a brand new battery as warranty. when i told him NO i could tell by the look on his face he was truly disappointed . he then asked what should he do next , my reply was to get better friends
  18. el shad
    Joined: Apr 16, 2008
    Posts: 622

    el shad

    Sounds like a fine feller. Fine Feller!
  19. BangerMatt
    Joined: Mar 3, 2008
    Posts: 465


    Me: Do you stock any oil filters that aren't "made in China"?

    counter guy: No, we only stock FRAM.

    Thank the lord this place is now an ACE hardware store.
  20. gasser300
    Joined: May 25, 2010
    Posts: 486

    from Ft Worth

    I went into a Chevy dealer and bought $113.00 in parts and gave them a 100 and one of the then new 20 dollar bills. I didnt pay much attention to the change.

    The next m orn, a saturday I opened wallet and had a wad of 20's in there. It took me a while to figure out that the kid gave me change for 2 100 dollar bills.

    I called the dealer to make it right and give them the 80 bux back and they hung up on m e......twice
  21. Toner283
    Joined: Feb 13, 2008
    Posts: 1,327


    That would ease my conscience about keeping the money. If you tried twice then you should probably give up & realize that they want you to keep the extra money.
  22. johnboy13
    Joined: May 1, 2007
    Posts: 1,073


    You'd be surprised how many Chevy Caprices are driving around Rockford, IL with a "big block Chevy three-fiddy Rocket" in them.
  23. Hot Rod Elvis
    Joined: Jan 24, 2011
    Posts: 606

    Hot Rod Elvis

    All of this "That car isn't available" or "That car wasn't made by this company" etc. reminds me of earlier this year at school, me and this kid were talking about cars and I mentioned how I like Fairlanes. He noticed I was wearing a Ford Racing t-shirt and said I thought you liked Ford's? I said yes...wouldn't drive anything else. He said "Why do you like Fairlanes then if you like Fords"? I asked him what he ment. He said Chevy made the Fairlanes. He then told me a story his grandpa told him because he has one. They apparently only made like 10 of them in 1952 by General Motors... I asked him to bring in something that says Chevy made Fairlanes and I would give him $20. He never mentioned it again.... haha
  24. burnin53
    Joined: Mar 22, 2009
    Posts: 596

    from cuba,n.y.

    Tried that at Autozone. Ditz behind the counter says ,"What's a plastic guage?"
    Looked it up and their computer said they had it,but i had to go behind the counter and find it for them.:eek::(
  25. Franken4
    Joined: Apr 23, 2009
    Posts: 23

    from Texas

    Amen!! I run through this on a daily basis.
  26. Randy 1956
    Joined: Oct 14, 2009
    Posts: 21

    Randy 1956

    I worked in a parts store for a lot of years, and the dumbest thing I ever heard was the customers questions. Most people do not know what they are talking about when it comes to cars, even though they all thing they are a mechanic. The more they would talk the dumber they wound sound.
  27. J Man
    Joined: Dec 11, 2003
    Posts: 4,121

    J Man
    from Angola, IN

    After walking around the store and not finding what I wanted I went to the counter and asked where the timing lights were. His reply was, "what kind of car is it for?". I said, "nevermind" and walked out of the store.
  28. Local stuff...true...

    Customer- "I need a wheel bearing for my 66 Plymouth..."
    Counter guy-- "Is it a full-size Plymouth?"
    Customer- ''s a 383"

    Customer with a can of spray paint- "How long do I shake this?"
    Counter guy-- "Till the ball quits rattlin'"
    Customer- "Okay-thanks!"

    Counter guy-- "What did you say you're car is again?"
    Customer- "a Buick Le Tour"
    Counter guy-- You sure that's what it is?"
    Customer-- "It's outside, I'll show you---says so on the fender"
    Both guys walk outside.
    Customer points at the fender--"See? I told you. 3.8 LeTour"
    Front fender emblem === 3.8 Litre
  29. rld14
    Joined: Mar 30, 2011
    Posts: 1,609


    Had some fun at the local AutoZone in Bergenfield, NJ of late (Damn I miss RBC Auto Parts...)

    "Hi I need 6 AC R45 Spark Plugs"

    Then we go through the whole thing with what car is it, I politely mention that the car isn't in their computer bt I have the part #.

    "Umm, I need to know the car"

    OK, 1960 Vauxhall Velox.

    "That's not in here, is it a Volkswagen?"

    Nope, it's a very obscure old British car, you guys stock them, can ya just grab them for me?

    "I need to make sure they fit your car"

    They fit, they're the ones in the owner's manual

    "Well if I can't look it up I would need to see proof that they fit your car"

    I don't have the manual with me, I've owned the car for 10 years and have 2 of them, can you please grab them off the shelf?

    "I gotta ask the manager"

    OK Fine.

    Manager is asked, manager mentions he's on his break and walks out.

    "Umm hold on"

    Another AutoZoner walks up, we start all over again.

    "Uhh I gotta look the car up"

    Again, same grilling, YES I know that these fit my car, YES I am positive, absolutely positive, etc. Finally I get the damned plugs.

    It seems like every time I walk in there the counterpeople are flat out lying to a customer or someone walks out in frustration.
  30. M_S
    Joined: Feb 20, 2008
    Posts: 542

    from SoCal

    I know...

    Let's all complain about the price of parts, then complain about the minimum wage counter help.

    That sounds like fun.
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