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post #61 of 67 (permalink) Old 08-31-2017, 03:18 AM
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I remember the old saying (you can please some of the people some of the time but not all of the people all of the time). For my 2 cents I bought a few parts off APE and I'm very happy with the parts and the service. They had to be packaged for shipping to Australia, they did a great job of it and to top it off, Larry even dropped the goods off in Richmond at the shipping agents address free of charge. After the crew had finished rowing the boat across the pacific (130 days)I got all the parts exactly as ordered.... Happy customer.

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I called APE today for the first time with my short list of big items. I enjoyed Larry's sense of humor and found him very helpful. I can see how he might rub some sensitive types the wrong way but I for sure will be calling the guy again.
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Over the years we have bought quite a few things from Larry - he has actually delivered wheels, a hood, and a Spider hardtop to our house in Wilsonville. He also sold us a wiper motor which didn't work. But we pulled the arms off it and put them on our motor which in fact still did work. We weren't out a lot of money, and didn't bother bitching. We were warned, but my husband and Sr get along famously. They are probably very similar types.

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Thanks to whoever changed the title of the thread - Eric?

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post #65 of 67 (permalink) Old 09-06-2017, 05:20 PM
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I ordered some more parts for my Milanos and Larry normally has the parts I need. I realize long ago that there are very few Alfa junkyards in the entire world and if you want to drive Alfas then you have to find parts. I also realize that I trade parts with other owners because you cannot buy everything with money alone. I know of a number of Alfa part hoarders that will not sell parts to anyone including myself. I will call Larry when I need Milano parts and will do so until I get rid of Milanos and buy a new Giulia QV. Larry does not sell many Giulietta parts and finding parts for 750/101 cars is easier than finding parts for the Milanos.
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post #66 of 67 (permalink) Old 09-09-2017, 10:36 AM
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i've had a couple orders from the exchange and consider them an honest firm.don't care for their patter when on the phone ,but hey, to each their own.
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post #67 of 67 (permalink) Old 06-05-2018, 05:52 PM
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I too had my first experience with Larry today, but it was a delightful one. I called looking for a boot cover for my 93 veloce, and he was knowledgable, helpful, and was " pretty sure " he had a used one and had a line on a new one. He also thought he might have a set of seat rails. He did offer me a new set of seats with vinyl upholstery in which I had no interest, but he was gracious when I declined. I enjoyed talking with him and look forward to doing business in the future.

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