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Old 09-15-2010, 05:33 AM
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The concept behind core charge is simple.

Let's say an Alternator costs $200 with "core charge" of $100.

So you get the Alternator provided you return the old Alternator so they can rebuild it and re-sell it later, making money.

Let's say you fail to return the old Alternator, the seller will charge you $100 on your VISA Card for failure to return the core, now your cost is $300 for failing to return the core.

However, if you return the core as instructed, then it would cost you $25 for the shipping; so your total cost to get a rebuilt Alternator is $225.
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