Support your Local Dealer...
So I am getting bummed out by the negative posts about several of our former upstanding corporate citizens
So I figured I would post a counterpoint.
First, this is really the first time I have had a Lotus that was a more or less current vehicle, meaning there is meaningful dealer support, and I have made the attempt to take advantage of it where I can. Many here are not old enough to remember when owning a car that while only 14 years old, was 2 dealership structures ago and so downmarket that US based support was not really a thing.
Aston Martin/Lotus Motorsports of Boston has taken care of my parts orders without problems
i usually email a list of what i am looking for, to confirm pricing[that I usually already know]. It might take a few days for them to get back to me, but they will give me a lead time that they usually beat, once the order is placed it is generally one to two weeks and I can go pick it up or have them ship it up to me.
It is not an automated internet business that spits things out automatically, someone has to do order entry. No ordering at 3AM and 2 day free shipping, but pretty normal and reliable.
Pricing is pretty much the same as any of the online dealer parts sources.
My suggestion is that if you live anywhere near your nearest dealer, cultivate that relationship. Learn the parts guys name, get your credit card on file and use them when cost permits.
I have actually said this since I was 17 'Always check the dealer' Somethings are not outrageous, or at least not more outrageous than a 'regular' car.
You know the 3 switch version of the driver side panel is like 11 bucks? As is the blank one on the other side. Of course weirdly the 2 switch is 26......
You know those plastic 'scrivets' that you broke? Like a buck and a half.
So anyway, I thought I would post something a bit more positive on the parts front