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10 Home Depot stores in Florida are on an auto parts test run for America's largest home-improvement retailer. The stores each have about 500 square feet chock-full of auto parts at discount prices, undercutting competitors by more than 20 percent in some cases. The company hopes that male do-it-yourselfers,their prime demographic, won't be able to resist as they pass by aisles of motor oil, fuel additives and other supplies. All of which must be keeping executives at  AutoZone and Pep Boys up late.

[Source: The Detroit News]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Some Home Depot stores are open 24 hours. Can't beat that!
      This is a good move that should benefit both consumers and the company.
      As a Home Depot shareholder, I hope so;-).
      • 9 Years Ago
      "where are the stores selling auto parts located???????????????????????"

      Er, fra conn, you might consult your local yellow pages. Lots of places sell auto parts.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Two thoughts:
      I agree, HD's "customer service" ISN'T.

      And second, having recently visited my local AutoZone for some small parts for my car, I was surprized by the highish prices. They are getting as bad as Walgreen's in that they stock everything...but have to charge an arm and a leg because of it.

      Yeah, HD selling auto parts is like GM merging with VW. There may be a good idea there, but with these principals involved, you know it will be a disaster.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Can't even comment on HD without the usual anti GM crap. Pathetic

      My comment on the HD thing is this: What's new? Harware stores, WalMart Target others have handled auto parts for years, heck even some grocery stores handle the stuff as well as stop and rob stores. I've seen it all before, I've seen it come and go.

      If you're impressed, fine, it's nothing new and 20% below what?
      • 9 Years Ago
      How about this: Most of the parts they are going to sell are going to be for GM cars, so ......... why not sell the whole car. Get rid of the dealer network - they can't fix what they sell anyway. Anybody who buys a GM product better be a do-it-yourselfer unless they want to walk. GM would benefit from being associated with a profitable company. GM designers could glue some nice REAL wood veneers on their cars in keeping with the Home Depot ambience. Then, when the car stops running, the owner could pretend it's furniture. Oh, and maybe Bob Putz could come up with some retro lawnmowers.
      • 9 Years Ago
      And next they will have a McDonalds. Why not sell Home Appliances like Lowes!

      Were does the guy live that has 10 employees approach hime as he walks through?

      I never see more than 3 in my stores and 2 of them are running away from you on the way to a BREAK!
      • 9 Years Ago
      where are the stores selling auto parts located???????????????????????
      • 9 Years Ago
      I've been waiting for this move for quite a long time.

      I hope it takes off and spreads to the other stores. Too many times I've had to go to HD or Lowe's for one thing and then to an Auto Parts store for something else.

      Add in the fact that (at least where I live) all the auto parts stores are in the (far away) more industrialized part of town and going all the way out there is convenient. There seems to be a HD just down the street from any major residential area.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Oh great. Now something else for me to have on my list to get at HD, only to go there find it out of stock.

      I hate their self-check lines, but the sad fact is it's usually faster than dealing with the typical HD employee in my area.

      Not a satisfied Home Depot customer.
      • 9 Years Ago
      You might save a few bucks, but what I'd rather have is a REAL auto parts store (it's not Autozone)where old Joe behind the counter KNOWS the parts, knows the crossovers and does not even have to open the book 75% of the time. And in the back there is a well equipped machine shop and a knowledgable machinist.

      It would be nice to have a real hardware store also where people really know about hardware.

      But ya know, once you're in that big box mentality sometimes it's hard to get out.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'm and IT professional and I already buy networking cables and ends there because their prices are not only GREAT but so are their hours. Why would I pay MORE for 100' of cable at a computer store or a cable store and have to get there by 5:30pm when I can go to home depot when it works for me and save $15? Heck I can even get some Harvies while I'm there and oogle home improvement stuff.

      • 9 Years Ago
      I think they should put a hardware store in HomeDepot before they consider auto parts. I can never find what I need at H D, L always have to go to Ace.
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