BETHESDA, Md. (Oct. 11, 2004) — Almost three-quarters of repair shops expect to increase their level of online parts purchasing this year, according to a study by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA).
About 72.7 percent of shops expect an increase, the association said. The overall level of online parts purchasing represents less than 20 percent vs. 80 percent through traditional channels, AAIA said.
The association also said foreign-vehicle focused shops generally buy larger percentages of their parts online than domestic-vehicle shops, which buy 1 to 10 percent of their parts online. Foreign-focused shops buy 21 to 30 percent of their parts online.
The study, Trends in Online Parts Purchasing, is available to AAIA members for $195 and non-members for $395. For more information, go to www.aftermarket.org.