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We have a 2010 Volvo. Last week we got an unusual letter from the dealer we bought it from saying they would really really like us to come and trade it in. Hmmm.

At the same time we discovered our car’s alternator needed to be replaced. Oddly, the most convenient dealership that actually had a replacement was in Manhattan. They shipped the part to our local mechanic and he installed it. Fine.

Then the Manhattan dealer informs the mechanic that they would really really like the old alternator back! They are even willing to come out here and pick it up.

Any of you have stories like this? Is this part of the worldwide shipping logistics problems brought on by Covid?


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Posts: 13330 | Location: The outer burrows | Registered: 27 April 2005Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I wonder if they sell the old part to some kind of rebuilder and get a few bucks for it.

Dealers have been desperate for used cars and we got a letter or two from our Subaru dealer with the same "come trade in" spiel.


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It’s not unusual for a parts house to charge a core charge for an alternator - maybe $35. When you bring in the old alternator you get the core charge back. Batteries are like that too.

Sounds like the Manhattan dealer forgot about the core charge and whoever sold it is trying to make good with the boss.


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Makes me wonder if our “new” alternator is really a rebuilt one.


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If you bought it from a Volvo dealer I’d bet it’s new.


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You might be able to shop the alternator to different salvage yards via the internet. Would be interesting to know what offers you get.


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