The typical mechanical repair shop purchased nearly three-quarters of its parts from traditional aftermarket sources over the past year. Most repair shops nationwide cited quality and availability as the two most important factors in parts purchasing decisions. A detailed look at these issues in independent repair shops can be found in the report Repair Shop Parts Purchasing: Dealerships vs Traditional Aftermarket published by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA).

This study provides a two-part examination of the factors that have influenced mechanical and electrical and collision repair shops' parts purchasing behavior, including a statistical analysis of their parts purchasing decisions. It also contains information on:

  • Primary causes of parts purchasing decisions.

  • 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.

Price of the report is $295 for AAIA members and $795 for non-members. For more information or to order a copy, phone AAIA at 301-654-6664 or visit www.aftermarket.org.