This is a question for people familiar with the auto parts industry.
I'm looking for brake master cylinders, and I notice:
- O'Reilly has a "BrakeBest" unit, with a particular part number.
- Advance/CarQuest has a "Wearever" unit with the exact same part number.
- Amazon has an "AC Cardone" unit, same part number.
- My local family-owned auto parts store can also get the Cardone unit.
So, this has me suspicious. Not least, "BrakeBest" and "Wearever" sound to me like house brands - a single large retailer private-labels the items from a third-party factory (e.g. Cardone).
So... Are these all independently manufactured by different manufacturers and simply using the same part number owing to industry standards? Or are they all simply units from the same factory (presumably Cardone), all being private-labeled under different names?
It's important because of quality, experience and customer reviews. If my or others' experience is that "BrakeBest" is rubbish, then if it's the same unit as Wearever and Cardone, I need to know that.
Followup question: How does physical inventory work? If each of the parts chains sees one unit of model 12-3456 in my locality... does that mean there are three physical units and I could order one of each? ... Or, if I order it from O'Reilly, will AutoZone now suddenly be "out of stock" locally?