How to Open an Auto Repair Shop or Auto Parts Store
Monday, August 3, 2009

When the economy is down, business is up for companies that help people repair and extend the life of high value items like cars and other vehicles. If you have been considering opening an auto repair shop or auto parts store, now is the perfect time to start your small business. You will need a good location, clever marketing, and a full stock of wholesale auto parts.

As long as people have somewhere to go, they need their cars to operate and run smoothly. By repairing and selling parts for the repair of automobiles, you are providing a valuable and lucrative service.

Which Wholesale Auto Parts to Purchase

You will need a full range of automotive tools for your repairs smaller automotive repair tool kits for your customers. Most auto parts stores have available tire repair kits and accessories, road side emergency kits, gas cans and funnels, car mats, steering wheel covers, window shades, and a full line of car care products, such as turtle wax.

Stock the ends of aisles and the counter with impulse buy car accessories such as CD cases, air fresheners, car flags, and key chains. Don't forget to stock items for motorcycle repair and maintenance, too. Motorcyclists make frequent pit stops and take very good care of their rides.

Extra Specialty Items

If there is a strong market for specialty items in your area, you need to carry those in your store. Many young people spend time, energy and money upgrading their car sound systems with the latest car audio equipment.

And drivers with children are always looking for ways to keep their kids comfortable and safe in the car. Stock a range of child passenger safety products such as window shades, mirrors, and seat alarms.

New technology is opening up a range of products, from GPS navigators to cellular phone accessories for the car. Many states have laws requiring the use of hands-free cell phone technology in the car so ear buds, car chargers, and cell phone holders for the car are all popular consumer items.

Keep in mind seasonal needs, as well. Shovels, snowbrushes, and ice scrapers sell fast as soon as the first storm hits so buy in bulk to have plenty in stock. If you have storage space, pick up closeout items during the off season and you will be prepared when bad weather sends motorists searching for the last snow scraper in town.

Where to Open an Auto Repair Shop or Auto Parts Store

If you plan to primarily sell auto parts at your store and provide only a few basic services, such as replacing brakes and changing oil, you can open your shop in almost any commercial space.

Full auto repair services require property zoned for heavy commercial use. Check with your local town planning board before you begin your search.

Many auto parts and repair shops are located at busy intersections. Visible locations do some of your marketing for you, saving you money.

Buy Auto Parts and Car Accessories Wholesale

To save money when stocking your automotive repair part store, buy wholesale rings. You need to find the least expensive quality products available and wholesale gives you a good profit margin on automotive parts. Once your store has been open for a few months, you will have a good idea of which auto parts sell most quickly, so buy those in bulk and on closeout whenever possible.