BETHESDA, Md. (Dec. 21, 2005) — Contrary to common perception, independent mechanical repair shops purchase the majority of their auto parts from aftermarket sources, not car dealerships, according to a new survey.
A nationwide study of service shops by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) determined that they buy more than 72 percent of vehicle parts from traditional aftermarket sources. The trade group's market research study, Repair Shop Parts Purchasing: Dealerships vs. Traditional Aftermarket, provides a two-part overview of the factors that influence mechanical and collision repair shops' parts purchasing decisions and includes a statistical analysis of their past and anticipated parts purchasing behavior.
“Our members asked AAIA to study the notion that independent repair shops, in recent years, have begun to increase their parts purchases from dealerships,” said Kathleen Schmatz, AAIA president and CEO. “We found that more than 56 percent of mechanical repair shops purchase the same amount of parts from dealerships now as they did last year and expect to do the same next year.”
More than 83 percent of repair shops indicated that dealerships' prices are always or usually more expensive than non-dealership affiliated sources. Almost all the repair shops surveyed said they purchase parts from traditional aftermarket sources because they have the parts needed and they deliver the parts quickly, Bethesda-based AAIA said.
Included in the study is information on:
* Primary causes of the parts purchasing shift.
* Analysis of mechanical and electrical and collision repair shop parts purchases.
* Sources of parts purchases for import nameplate specialists.
* Average value of all repair shop parts purchases.
* Reasons for parts purchases from traditional aftermarket sources.
* Importance of factors in parts purchasing decisions.
* Comparison of dealership and traditional aftermarket prices.
* Reasons for increases in parts purchases from dealerships.
* Types of parts purchased from dealerships during the past year.
The AAIA's report is available in print format only at a price of $295 for association members and $795 for non-members.
For more information contact AAIA at (301) 654-6664 or visit its Web site: www.aftermarket.org.