Any time I go on a parts buying spree, I research on google for the part I want and for a price I'm willing to pay. I've probably bought parts from 20 or so different vendor, it depends on who's giving the best price on the item combined with the best shipping.
I don't mind paying for quality, but I'll pay the least amount that I can FOR that quality.
His: 1999 Flame Red TJ, With a few mods...
Hers: 1987 Grand Wagoneer, stock w/Falken Wildpeak ATs
I tend to buy "local" AtoZ fab isn't that far from me and they has access to the Poly Performance catalog so 9 times out of 10 i give him a call and in about 3 days I have what I need normally drop shipped.
For me it has been cheaper to buy online and wait for the big brown truck.
I just like saving every penny I can. Lol
However if you don't know the part, and quality of that part. Don't buy it online before you research it.
Or just buy it local.
I try to buy local and it usually ends with me being pi$$ed off...lol
I like buying local and keeping the money here, but crap service AND higher prices don't sit well with me. I am now an online shopper. Only jeep vendor I have used thus far is AOR (Allen's Off Road) and got my Zone Lift in 2 days for a hell of a good deal.