The sluggish economy has impacted how long consumers plan to keep their vehicles and their likelihood of price shopping for auto parts, according to the Aftermarket Business World Consumer Attitude Study.
Cost is the main factor driving new and used car dealerships to use aftermarket parts in their bays, but two major concerns are keeping these parts from being used in all repair work — quality and fit.
When it comes to sweeping across the marketplace with sparkling sales numbers for your windshield wiper offerings, ?price is a big driver,? says Chris Olson, buyer/product manager at Roanoke, Va.-based Parts Depot, Inc.
Adding wind to our sales: The retail industry may have received the strong gusts it needed in order to increase its sales of automotive aftermarket items. Our 32nd annual Car Care Center Study reveals that 2005 was a relatively good year.