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OK, so I’m aware that a few of us Aussies lurk over here on SS.
I’m assuming that we’ve all done our homework on Volvo parts & pricing what WE have to pay compared to our N.American brethren.
If not, here’s an eye opening comparison for you.

BACKGROUND
I had some time on my hands and had to order a few parts for my V70 & the wife’s V50.
- Why not do a like-for-like comparison on the major Volvo parts providers?


CRITERIA
  • Parts had to be genuine Volvo – or – from the OEM part supplier to Volvo (e.g. Bosch)
  • Prices exclude any sales tax (including Australian prices)
  • Shipping cost is for the complete consignment (no part shipments)
  • For simplicity assume AUD : USD =1
  • In fact, based on FX rates at the time, the Aussie dollar buys 2.1% more US dollars – but let’s ignore that as the banks & credit card companies charge us a foreign transaction fee…
  • No discount coupons applied


PARTS BASKET
30713417 V50 ignition coil (x5)
30751806 V50 / V70R spark plug kit (x1)
30651724 V50 O2 sensor front (x1)
30670449 V50 / V70R TCV solenoid valve (x1)
30713370 V70R camshaft position sensor (x1)
8636753 V70R throttle body gasket (x1)
Shipping (if applicable)

RESULTS
Baseline
Volvo dealer (Melbourne) = $1,732.25
30713417 V50 ignition coil 5 @ $143.00 ea. = $715.00
30751806 V50 / V70R spark plug kit 1 @ $147.85 ea.
30651724 V50 O2 sensor front ea. 1 @ $506.40 ea.
30670449 V50 / V70R TCV solenoid valve 1 @ $170.00 ea.
30713370 V70R camshaft position sensor 1 @ $181.00 ea.
8636753 V70R throttle body gasket [email protected] $12.00 ea.
Shipping Not applicable

Alternatives
#1) FCP Groton = $601.51
30713417 V50 ignition coil 5 @ $40.99 ea. = $204.95
30751806 V50 / V70R spark plug kit 1 @ $50.24 ea.
30651724 V50 O2 sensor front 1 @ $144.20 ea.
30670449 V50 / V70R TCV solenoid valve 1 @ $62.95 ea.
30713370 V70R camshaft position sensor 1 @ $57.59 ea.
8636753 V70R throttle body gasket [email protected] $3.28 ea.
Shipping $78.30

#2) IPD = $658.26
30713417 V50 ignition coil 5 @ $54.95 ea. = $274.75
30751806 V50 / V70R spark plug kit 1 @ $54.87 ea.
30651724 V50 O2 sensor front ea. 1 @ $133.86 ea.
30670449 V50 / V70R TCV solenoid valve 1 @ $72.33 ea.
30713370 V70R camshaft position sensor 1 @ $65.63 ea.
8636753 V70R throttle body gasket [email protected] $4.10 ea.
Shipping $52.72

#3) My Swedish Parts = $732.69
30713417 V50 ignition coil 5 @ $54.37 ea. = $271.85
30751806 V50 / V70R spark plug kit 1 @ $63.61 ea.
30651724 V50 O2 sensor front 1 @ $224.70 ea.
30670449 V50 / V70R TCV solenoid valve 1 @ $62.39 ea.
30713370 V70R camshaft position sensor 1 @ $56.61 ea.
8636753 V70R throttle body gasket [email protected] $3.53 ea.
Shipping $50.00


Clearly, Volvo AUS uses price discrimination to their advantage.
But, if you can plan any repairs in advance, you can save up to 65% (delivered to your door).

Something to think about.
 

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It is indeed cheaper to purchase items from the US and send them to Australia and I do that in my own business. Volvo Australia is the problem and not the dealerships as the prices are set by Volvo Australia. I have purchased over $15K worth of parts in the past 12 months and have saved approx $8K in doing so and have had parts arrive quicker from the US. If you have a parts person in a dealership here, compare their buying cost from Volvo Australia and the prices from the dealerships in the US to see where the problem lies.

6 months ago I air freighted an engine subframe for a 2009 V70 T6 awd from the US which was a $500 saving on a $2,500 part including the freight, import duties and GST!!! Plus it arrived in 6 days compared to 2.5 weeks from my dealer here.

Regards,

Michael

Regards,

Michael
 

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Yes MIke if you can plan ahead there are definite savings to be made. I generally work on the US prices being 1/4 of prices here, factor in delivery and you still come in between 1/3 or 1/2 (if your unlucky with expensive freight)!.

I have same problem with parts for my Subaru SVX. SubieAUST rarely have any parts cause quite rare car, so they order parts on order from japan with huge markup and you have to pick up, order from US - item in stock, delivered to door for 1/4 $$.

Prices here just make the cost of ownership so high, you can see why it forces people to change to newer cars rather than spend mone y on maintenance when cost of just parts is so high, yet alone labour.

For a long time exchange rates worked against us as well,4 - 5 yrs ago the rate was .50c in the $ - making it a big factor in higher cost to us.

Cheers
Bruce
 
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