Southwest Washington’s Cost Less Auto Parts Acquired by New York-Based Company | Local company
A southwest Washington business that sells aftermarket auto parts and accessories and has a location in Kelso was acquired by a New York-based company this month.
Cost Less Auto Parts and its subsidiary Automotive Products are now managed by the Long Island-based Parts Authority.
Pat Hortsch of Cost Less Auto Parts said the deal closed on December 3. Cost Less Auto Parts on Oak Street in Kelso and two Vancouver locations are included in the deal.
Hortsch said his son Alex Hortsch would run their old companies under the Parts Authority.
“The automotive product team you have known and trusted for years will always be there,” the company website states.
Businesses sell spare parts, which are spare parts not manufactured by the original manufacturers.
The Automotive Products website states that the company was founded in 1939 in Portland as a fuel injection service and has grown into an auto parts wholesaler.
The new owner, Parts Authority, has offices in Kirkland and Tacoma, Washington; and Portland, Eugene and Medford, Oregon. The company reports that it has over 200 locations in 11 other states and that Washington, DC was founded in 1972 and has recently “acquired over a dozen companies as part of its expansion strategy.” .
The change of hands will benefit Cost Less customers, Pat Hortsch said.
“The large network of locations will also mean lower cost customers will have access to more parts than ever before,” he said.
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