Why is it that so many people are critical about the price they are paying nowadays for automotive parts? It very often seems to me that people still expect to be paying what they would have 10 years ago for the maintenance of their vehicle, but they do not realize that there have been a number of changes in the service industry since then.
Firstly let us have a look at the aspect of the purchase of automotive parts by the service center and how things have changed in this regard. In times gone by the service center would receive a trade discount from the part distributor because they were a service center.
Well this is no longer the case, now the service center pays exactly the same price as the public for these automotive parts and therefore they need to make up this loss in income by increasing their hourly labor charge.
The next point which I would like to bring to your attention when you are looking at the topic of automotive parts and service, is that technology is changing all of the time. The service centers now need specialized diagnostic machines and computers in order to be able to service the modern vehicle.
All of this equipment is very expensive, but an essential for any service center who wants to be able to add value for their customers by giving them the best quality service and automotive parts which they possibly can.
So the next time you feel you want to blow a blood vessel when you have to pay for the service or repair of you luxury vehicle with all the bells and whistles, remember that the fancier your vehicle and the more extras it has, chances are that you will also be paying more for your services and automotive parts.
Rocco van Rooyen is an Author on Automotive Solutions. As an Entrepreneur running his own automotive repair shop for the past twenty years and Author on the subject, he is at the forefront to provide solutions to all automotive related problems.