Remember when it only took two or three business days to have a bumper replaced? Unfortunately, every industry has suffered massive setbacks because of supply chain issues.
Let’s talk about why there are shortages on auto parts, what’s caused the long shipping delays, and how you can avoid extended wait times for repairs.
Auto Parts Availability
Due to the pandemic, every business has needed to deal with availability issues, but it’s been especially difficult for garages and repair shops like Color Customs to get the spare parts we need. Logistics has played a big part in these delays. Many vehicles require electronics from overseas, and it is taking much longer for these products to ship.
Quarantines sometimes caused factories to be shut down, and so workers weren’t producing parts. But then, as lockdowns lifted and people began traveling again, there wasn’t enough inventory to keep up with the surge of cars on the road (and the need for repairs).
It’s not only specialized materials like rubber that are hard to come by. Now, even simple things like oil filters are hard to find. Unfortunately, because of delays, some shops have hoarded products and parts. This has placed a strain on supply and demand—with everyone stocking up, there are fewer parts to go around.
Further, new trends in the labor market have disrupted the automotive workforce. It can be difficult to find labor and qualified mechanics to staff the shops.
What You Can Do to Avoid Delays
It’s important to keep in mind that these delays affect everyone—local garages and the corporate dealerships alike are all facing these problems. Therefore, it’s important to expect a longer waiting period when it comes to your repair.
Now is as good a time as any to think about keeping your vehicle in tip top shape, so keep an eye on warning lights and other signs of trouble. It’s better to take care of preventative maintenance now, because these can be scheduled and it’s cheaper to fix problems before they happen. It might be more difficult to get the parts when you need them, in the case of an unexpected breakdown.
Of course, though no one plans for collisions, doing what you can to stay focused on the road can mitigate accidents—and therefore, the need to wait on repair parts. Avoid distracted driving, driving while impaired, and speeding.
However, in the event that you need auto repair, hail repair, or post-repair painting work, contact family-owned and operated Color Customs Collision today. Even with delays, we do everything we can to make sure your vehicle is top priority and fixed as quickly as possible.