Originally Posted by niznai
All that is good info, but doesn't always work in the real world. Not all shops will admit straight out that they don't carry a full range of spares and that some of those they don't, have to come from wherever and that takes time. One way I found was a good check is to get a complete list of parts for the car I intend to purchase and ask the shop if they have on the shelf the parts I think I might need in the future. If any of these are missing, I know I can not rely on the shop to get them in a hurry.
I agree that no shop will ever admit that. Conversely, if you are new to this you may not know what spares you need, at least initially. A perusal of this forum and others will show countless what is the best car threads, with many of the same things that have been and will be recommended in this thread will bring out again.
Not to argue your point as your idea is also well thought out, and we are both recommending the same thing, you are in my opinion simply providing more poignant direction on how to do this where I did not.
What this forum really needs is a thread that is pinned to the top of the boards that gives recommendations on not only car types, but how to purchase a new car and what things to look for in terms of spares needed etc..