2022 Supply Chain: Its effects on auto repair, manufacturing and sales – wknd.
Published: Mon 11 Apr 2022, 12:59 PM
The pandemic kickstarted many supply chain issues — scarcity of needed products, labour loss, and increased logistics pricing are some of the effects. The year 2022, with restrictions easing, is supposed to be a breath of fresh air. But the Ukraine-Russia conflict erupted and supply chains were further disrupted.
Manufacturers, dealerships, and auto repair shops face the challenges this problem brings. This is far from over, at least according to 92 per cent of American consumers. And so, it’s interesting to dwell about the effects of 2022’s supply chain issue on auto repair, manufacturing, and car sales.
Car repairs are taking longer
Car repairs are taking longer. This doesn’t only speak bad to customers but also to auto repair shops, which might see a drop-in customer satisfaction and retention.
On average, it only takes two to five days to get a car fixed. But with the situation right now, customers need to get in line and who knows for how long.
A collision auto repair shop owner stated in an interview that a customer had to wait six weeks to get his bumper fixed, as supply was delayed.
Another owner in Morton Grove stated that acquiring parts is very challenging as vendors don’t have the part or the inventory is hit.
With car parts’ scarce, suppliers sell their items at more expensive rates. It’s estimated that the cost of spare parts will rise by five per cent by the end of 2022. This will demand customers to invest more for repairs. The problem is no one wants to pay a hefty sum for a car repair service that takes weeks or more to complete. And so, car repair businesses might get hurt if this supply chain issue on car parts won’t improve.
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Auto manufacturing is a walking turtle
Supply chain issues affected the manufacturing of essential products, not only food or clothing, but also automobiles.
S&P announced in January that light vehicle production could decrease by up to 5.7 million units. Boston Consulting Group affirms and further states that the decline in automobile manufacturing will persist until 2024.
Car retailers are experiencing the effects. Inventories are at their lowest and can only supply one month of car sales. Looking into more specific figures, the shortage of inventory due to decreased manufacturing resulted in 14.482 million units sold in February, which is 6.6% lower than the previous month.
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