As my girlfriend and i bought some dinner the other night from the local fish & chip shop, i noticed a large amount of water comming out from under my car. After topping up the radiator and the overflow tank, i managed to get the car home and found out that the seals on my waterpump had failed and needed a replacement. I tried many local auto shops, however many shops sell only the expensive brands, leading to alot of money wasted.
Although the waterpump was a bit pricey in my eyes, i had only found one place cheaper, and that was in a warehouse some 2 hours drive, and personally i felt was not worth the hassel, let alone the petrol involved. Although it can be quite expensive getting both the waterpump, as well as the timing belt done, it is a huge assurance to an engine staying alive, and to me, $240 for everything, is alot cheaper then a whole new engine or a worthless car.
When buying automotive parts, try cheaper brands and don't just go for what the shops tell you, and ask what types of brands are out there and why they don't sell cheaper brands. From what i can tell, this cheaper brand is doing the job, and will be fine for when i sell the car.