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R12 cost

70monte on Tue August 12, 2008 2:26 PM User is offline

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Can anyone tell me what the going rate for 12 oz cans of R12 are going for and where is the best place to buy it? I checked the local o'reillys auto parts store and they have it for $42.88 a can. Is this about normal? I have seen it cheaper on ebay but I'm not too sure about going that route. Thanks.

Wayne

webbch on Tue August 12, 2008 3:09 PM User is offlineView users profile

That's about what I'd expect from an A/C service place these days - nearly $60/lb. It's no trouble getting a 30 lb tank for about $16/lb these days, but you'll notice that's a fair outlay of cash up front to get the better value.

Chad

TRB on Tue August 12, 2008 5:11 PM User is offlineView users profile

We get our refrigerant directly from the dealer. They all have it and fight for the business. Call them up tell them you a certified and see if they will sell to you.

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70monte on Tue August 12, 2008 5:30 PM User is offline

Thanks Tim, I will try that.

Wayne

neilh on Wed August 13, 2008 7:02 AM User is offline

its $15 to 20 per 12 ounce can on ebay..many good suppliers there... .get a good R12 can tap and charging hose (which isnt readily available at auto stores)...make sure youre getting R12 (national, dupont, genetron) ....dont ever buy that enviro tech 12A hydrocarbon refridgerant..its not made for autos

mk378 on Wed August 13, 2008 1:16 PM User is offline

TRB, do you mean the big local Ford, Chevrolet, etc. car dealers? It would never occur to me to go looking for bargains there.

NickD on Wed August 13, 2008 4:02 PM User is offline

Tim could be referring to his distributor, been able to get some from friends and relatives that was left over from years ago they are not using anymore, all have new cars. So what's wrong with me, why am I still driving this old stuff? But wondering what will last longer, me or my supply, certainly me, vowed to live to 160 years of age so I can get all of my SS money back.

Ha, with R-12, R-22, and now R-134a, tempted to try some of that ES-12 that will work anywhere, can either blow out or up my keyboard with that stuff.

Thing is, when they making something a law, no matter how stupid, they don't want to change it, stupid is my favorite word when talking to my congressman.

70monte on Thu August 14, 2008 3:54 PM User is offline

I ended up picking up some R12 on Ebay for pretty cheap. I was just browsing the R12 listings and put a last minute bid on it and somehow won it. Its 4 12oz cans of Chargette Refrigerant 12. I got it shipped for $65 I ended up buying this before I checked with TRB's supplier.

Wayne

TRB on Thu August 14, 2008 9:57 PM User is offlineView users profile

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Originally posted by: mk378
TRB, do you mean the big local Ford, Chevrolet, etc. car dealers? It would never occur to me to go looking for bargains there.

Yep, we get our refrigerant from Brown & Brown Chevrolet. It's one of those items that many dealers buy bulk and compete for the local market. At least that is the way it is here in Phoenix.



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Cussboy on Thu August 14, 2008 11:12 PM User is offline

Maybe I should sell my stock of R-12 cans....I'm down to one vehicle that still uses R-12, and won't be purchasing a pre-1994 ever again...as an individual and not a business do I need to get a copy of someone's 609 certificate first ???

webbch on Fri August 15, 2008 3:58 PM User is offlineView users profile

I don't have the documentation to prove it, but as I recall, you must:
a) Have proof that the person you're selling it to does not plan to use it, and only plans to re-sell it
b) Have proof that the person you sold it to is certified to use it (note I didn't say "qualified, LOL)

Option a) is subject to much more eyebrow-raising than option b). If you go with a), you better have a company name from the person that is somehow related to refrigerant distribution. Option b) is a much safer and easier alternative for you, the seller.

I bought a tank of R12 from "that forbidden-to-be-discussed internet auction site" and had to scan and email a copy of my certification card to the seller.

70monte on Fri August 15, 2008 7:32 PM User is offline

I also scanned and emailed a copy of my certification card to the seller. He had in his description of the R12 that he needed either a copy of your 609 card or a written statement that stated you were buying this product to resell to a certified AC person.

After I won the auction, he emailed me and told me my total but never asked for a copy of the card or a written statement. I just sent the copy of my card to his email address anyway.

If I was selling any R12, I would get a copy of someone's 609 certification card just to be safe.

Wayne

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