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I need a new alternator for my 95 SC1. Is a new one from auto zone better than a rebuilt one from Merles?

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Autozone does not sell new alternators-the likelyhood of finding a BRAND NEW alt is very unlikely-almost anywhere you shop-even the dealer-they are all remanufactured alternators.i would advise getting one from auto zone-aside from my previous experiences(3 alternators on same vehicle in 1 year)i have not heard good things from bigger parts from autozone-esp electrical parts

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