Hi folks --
<br/> I need to purchase a cheap alternator for our 1999 Subaru Legacy Outback. Basically, we want to and had planned on selling the car (to CarMax, to make it as painless as possible. I had a fine experience selling my Toy. Corolla there a couple years back) -- but the alternator died a week before we planned on doing the deed. I've spoken with my mechanic, who said if we supply the part, he'll pop it in for 30 minutes of labor.
<br/> So the goal is to get the cheapest alternator at the cheapest price. Local auto supply stores sell them for around $130, but all of them charge a "core" charge of around $80.
<br/> I have no idea what a core charge is, but it seems suspiciously like something unnecessary. I'd like advice about whether I should suck it up and pay it, or order a part online for around the same price --- where I don't think a core charge would be involved.
<br/> Any advice or corrections RE: the above is appreciated! Thanks!