Online parts purchasing expected to grow

Roughly 72.7% of repair shops expect their level of online parts purchasing to increase this year, according to Trends in Online Parts Purchasing, a new market research report published by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA).

While growing, the overall level of online parts purchasing accounts for less than 20%, compared with 80% through traditional channels. Foreign vehicle-focused shops generally purchased larger percentages of their parts online than domestic vehicle-focused shops.

Typically, domestic vehicle-focused shops purchase between 1% and 10% of their parts online. Foreign vehicle-focused shops purchase approximately 21% to 30% of their parts online.

Trends in Online Parts Purchasing surveys United States repair shops in order to determine the current state of online automotive replacement parts purchasing. The study was developed and conducted by AAIA at the request of the Vehicle Manufacturers Parts Group, a member constituency of the Auto International Association (AIA) segment of AAIA. Study results were reviewed at a peer group meeting of its members. In-depth analysis of aftermarket trends has been the focus of a growing number of peer groups sponsored by AIA for its various member groups.

This study is provided to AAIA members for $195 and non-members for $395. For more information or to order a copy, phone AAIA at 301-654-6664 or visit www.aftermarket.org.

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