Has anyone ever tried successfully to use the Internet for this? It’s not as easy as you may think.

If you do a Google search for “Suzuki Esteem used parts” you get a whole bunch of websites that don’t actually carry used parts for Suzuki Esteems. What they do instead is ask you to fill out a form that they send to an unknown number of salvage yards in the U.S. with your request for the parts.

I have an issue with this. If you don’t have the product, don’t advertise it. You’re just dumping a truckload of hay on top of my needle. You’re wasting my time.

I did try a couple of these websites, and the following results are typical. First of all, the site confirms the information you submitted to them.

Hello,

For your protection, we recommend any purchases made through
contacts on our website or any other, be made by credit card or
COD only. Never wire money through your bank account or Western
Union to make a purchase from someone you don’t know.

Please review your request below. If any of the information
submitted was in error, please return to our on-line form and
resubmit your request at.

http://www.usedpartscentral.com/request.htm

Your parts request was sent to numerous salvage yards. If one or
more of these salvage yards can help you, you will be contacted
by them.

Tell a friend about usedpartscentral.com

Your request for the following has been sent:

2000 Suzuki – Esteem

Vin #: JS2GB41W7Yxxxxxxx
Engine Size: 1.8L
Number of Cylinders: 4 Cylinders
Drive Train: FWD
Transmission: Manual
Number of Doors: 4 Doors

PARTS NEEDED:
Part Group: Hood
front bumper cover, grille, RH lamp lens & housing, hood panel, R
hood hinge, L hood hinge, cooling radiator, upper front body tie
bar, R front body radiator side panel, air cleaner duct

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Company Name:
Name: Pierre
Email: usedpartscentral.com@————.ca
Phone: 416-***-*****

ADDRESS INFORMATION:

Toronto, Ontario

Thank you for visiting,
http://www.usedpartscentral.com/
——————- End of Document ——————-

That first bit warning me to not trust the vendors they represent is worrisome, but not entirely unexpected. Within minutes of my late night weekend submission, I get an automated reply.

On Nov 26, 2005, at 6:53 PM, PANJ4@***.com wrote:

We have the Parts that you are looking for. You can call me directly on Monday at 516-351-2121.

CHRIS(Five-Star Auto Recyclers)

I’m thinking, wait a sec. If you have the parts, just email me a quote. So I replied:

Please provide pricing on the specific parts via email.

Thanks,

Pierre

To which I received the reply:

On Dec 4, 2005, at 1:15 PM, PANJ4@***.com wrote:

Which parts?

OK, that’s kinda dumb. You just told me you have the parts, and now you don’t know what I’m talking about. I pasted the info sent to me in the request confirmation into a patient reply:

Please provide availability and pricing on the parts described below for the following vehicle:

2000 Suzuki – Esteem

Vin #: JS2GB41W7Yxxxxxxx
Engine Size: 1.8L
Number of Cylinders: 4 Cylinders
Drive Train: FWD
Transmission: Manual
Number of Doors: 4 Doors

PARTS NEEDED:
Part Group: Hood
front bumper cover, grille, RH lamp lens & housing, hood panel, R
hood hinge, L hood hinge, cooling radiator, upper front body tie
bar, R front body radiator side panel, air cleaner duct

Thanks,
Pierre

A couple of days passed with no reply, then:

On Dec 6, 2005, at 12:15 AM, PANJ4@***.com wrote:

Do you still need the parts?

I lost a bit of my polite tone:

Yeah, I still need the parts. You haven’t sent me pricing yet. Do you have them?

Five days later:

On Dec 11, 2005, at 10:10 AM, PANJ4@***.com wrote:

yes do you want used or new aftermarket

I answered:

Used, if available. If you don’t have it in stock, do you have a waiting list?

After this, there was no reply.

Why must this be so exasperating?