Auto Body Shops Face Auto Parts Shortages and Shipping Delays
NASHVILLE, Tenn (WTVF) – With the holidays quickly approaching, more cars will be on the road. There is a warning for drivers to be extra careful while driving, as repairs to the car may take longer than normal.
Auto parts are scarce and shipments are delayed. COVID-19 has caused labor and material shortages, manufacturing and shipping delays.
âAt this point we’re reserved, and we’re reserved beyond measurements, but we’re tracking these things and planning them. And we’re trying to order parts before someone gets here,â James said. McEwen, co-owner of Music City Dent and Scratch. “So we know that in a subliminal way we can also like to be mindful of these vehicles.”
He has been in business for 11 years and this is the first time he has said that there has been such a delay in receiving auto parts.
Along with shipping delays, there are also backlogs as the ships lie off the coast of California, waiting to be unloaded. Among the cargo – auto parts.
McEwen says his workshop was prepared for tough times like this by storing parts years ago.
“Therefore, we did not collect the parts and / or resell the parts, we stored parts. Not really knowing per se, but just being aware of how things might or might not have gone,” did he declare.
McEwen says he never thought it would happen, but he says he always prepares his team for the worst-case scenario.
âThree, four weeks, the rear parts have been really hard to get or to get, if you will,â McEwen said. “So, therefore, we personally, we will pick up our vehicles and we will travel, call several stores in South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida so to speak.”
In addition to the holidays, the travel season and the dangers of deer, repair shops could be faced with more and more complaints and an increase in parts orders.