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Although Centerline is a Colorado company and I already buy most of my new bits from them, I do not welcome the acquisition. Competition is good for the consumer and these were the two main distributors. Can't wait to see what this does to pricing.
 

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I found out about the acquisition just now when I called IAP to return my old starter to recoup my core charge. Colorado says they have not sorted out how that is going to work yet. They took my number and said they'd call me when they have it figured out. Fingers crossed, expecting no problem as both are stand-up companies.
 

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FYI....I just learned that Centerline has purchased IPA.
If you call IPA phone numbers you are referred to Centerline.
Wow, that's news. I wonder if Paul (founder) retired and no one else possibly in the family wanted to take over?? Just a hunch. Maybe it will be a good merger for the better. I've always been perturbed by IAP the past few years on availability, overall knowledge of the cars/products and punctuality. It will be interesting to see if they expand or diminish inventory ultimately altering pricing one way or another.

I guess it explains why I haven't received a catalogue from them for over a year.
 

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Congrats to all parties.. sorry if any of the employees are lost in the shuffle because they are really driven by customer satisfaction and have done a marvelous job. They are really good people. Now the challenge will be to keep demanding parts that are correct as NOS quality and not accept anything inferior that seem to be scattered to the all the suppliers. A leg up would be to get them right and know what is inferior.. I hope this marriage accomplishes the objective to provide the best replacement products at no sacrifice to the details that often are overlooked as "this is what is available".

Matt plowed new ground by leg work.. if suppliers (reman) are going to branch out for more business, then get it right.. and the guy with the right product on hand wins.. There is no reason to go through the reman steps and get them wrong if the specs are defined and more effort needs to be done in this area. Perhaps a stronger position can help put emphasis on producing parts that are the truest quality of original parts with the effort put forth by the reman people and their ability to copy.. This takes coordination that has been lacking. One distributor starts the process of a ground breaking product and before you know it they all have the same source. ... and it is crap because the first distributor accepted it so everyone is left holding the bag including the customer! "Close but no cigar" doesn't work anymore. I hope you can pull this off. Put a man on it. Good luck
 

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As my business has transitioned from servicing only Alfas to servicing a wider variety of classics, I have done business with a wide variety of vendors for all kinds of cars & from points all over the world. The service we enjoy from these guys is second to none.
 

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A polite boo.

Allow me to be the party pooper curmudgeon. Although I have had good experiences with both companies, and I understand the shrinking market both companies have had to deal with, consolidation and a reduction of choices does not bode well for us.
 

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I gave up on the USA based suppliers a couple of years ago.

Too expensive, crap service and outrageous shipping costs.....

The competition is there from the UK suppliers that have all the parts at reasonable prices and super fast shipping..... I will be interested to see if anything changes in the USA....
 

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I've been an Alfa owner since 1973. I recall ordering parts from IAP when it was still in Jersey. Sortly thereafter I got acquainted with Centerline. I periodically like to remind alfisti how few cars Alfa sold in the US into the 80's. A coupla thousand per year. IAP and Centerline and Joe and Paul Opiela and Steve Gibbens have kept our cars on the road for decades. It's always been more than just a business to them. Thanks for the past and good luck with the future..
 

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I hope this marriage accomplishes the objective to provide the best replacement products at no sacrifice to the details that often are overlooked as "this is what is available".
Amen to that.
 

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I've been an Alfa owner since 1973. I recall ordering parts from IAP when it was still in Jersey. Sortly thereafter I got acquainted with Centerline. I periodically like to remind alfisti how few cars Alfa sold in the US into the 80's. A coupla thousand per year. IAP and Centerline and Joe and Paul Opiela and Steve Gibbens have kept our cars on the road for decades. It's always been more than just a business to them. Thanks for the past and good luck with the future..
Remember the old, yellow mail order forms?
 

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Allow me to be the party pooper curmudgeon. Although I have had good experiences with both companies, and I understand the shrinking market both companies have had to deal with, consolidation and a reduction of choices does not bode well for us.

Well, yes and no. In the past couple of decades interest in vintage Alfas has expanded until it is a worldwide phenomena. I've been involved with Alfas for almost 50 years now and I distinctly remember how troublesome the 70's and early 80's were when the factory slowly stopped supplying parts. There are probably more and better (with some exception) parts available now than ever before. The marketplace is truly worldwide now and Centerline has been a significant player there for a long time. There are, in fact, plenty of choices to be made (and correspondingly significant marketplace competition). Max at Alfaholics, for instance, sent me a new lightwight flywheel on Tuesday that got delivered to Texas on Friday. There was a time when that task would have taken weeks to accomplish . . . if I could have found such a flywheel in the first place.
 

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I gave up on the USA based suppliers a couple of years ago.

Too expensive, crap service and outrageous shipping costs.....

The competition is there from the UK suppliers that have all the parts at reasonable prices and super fast shipping..... I will be interested to see if anything changes in the USA....
Maybe you could help us Yanks out with a listing of such suppliers. I only know of one I have found so far.....
 

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I hate to rain on this happy parade of congratulations, but the truth is that IAP was not offering the level of service that was available from Classic Alfa and the other UK vendors. The guys were extremely knowledgeable, but they were constantly out of stock on standard replacement items, and the wait times were sometimes measured in half years. Centerline Alfa offered much better service, but their prices in some cases are 20% -30% above those of Classic Alfa, who, by the way, delivered parts in two to three days compared to the one week delivery offered by Centerline Alfa.

Just a well meant word of encouragement to the folks at Centerline Alfa: You have to raise your game or the UK guys are going to get all the business.
 

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I hope they take care of the FIAT guys somehow. +1 on the brake core charge being honored at Centerline. I have 2 front brake calipers I was just going to ship out tomorrow.
 

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Maybe you could help us Yanks out with a listing of such suppliers. I only know of one I have found so far.....
Main UK are:
EB Spares
Classic Alfa
Highwood Alfa
Alfaholics

don't forget Germany, lots of good suppliers here too!
OKP
my-alfa (Bertelsbeck)
a.f.l-ricambi
spiderpoint
G. Haeckner
Heinbrand
Frank Hanel
Alfa Service
del Priore
 

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I've been buying primarily from Centerline for 25 years. I like everything about them except some of their prices. I'm willing to pay a little extra for their service. But, it's difficult to understand why a fuel filler hose (a 6" piece of rubber) is $39 from Centerline (International) and $29 from the now defunked IAP. On the other hand fuel pump mounts were $5.95 from IAP and $3.95 from Centerline. The other place (who's name shall not be mentioned) has good prices but quality varies considerably and I do not like them.

I find that the shipping costs from the British and European suppliers are prohibitive. The exchange rate and taxes don't help either. When I was in the UK I purchased a set of seat covers from Alfaholics and hand carried them back to the states. The exchange rate was favorable at the time so that saved me a couple bucks and I got a color I couldn't find in the states.
 

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It's always a little scary when an already limited number of suppliers..especially the one you've been depending on... drops out.

I always found IAP to be significantly less expensive on everything..including shipping here to the east coast, and don't feel real good about this merger. I'll wait and see, but I'm already looking to European suppliers for my Ricambi.
 
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