Auto Parts Retailers

Auto Parts Retailers

Overview

The 16,700 auto parts retailers in the US sell automotive parts, supplies, and accessories. Companies may also sell batteries, lubricants, audio equipment, tires, and used products. While the majority of revenue typically comes from do-it-yourself (DIY) customers, large companies may have sizable commercial (do-it-for-me, DIFM) sales. Some companies offer repair, installation, or maintenance services.

Increasing Vehicle Complexity

The growing use of electronic components has increased the complexity of vehicles, resulting in a shift away from DIY jobs and towards DIFM.

Competition

Auto parts retailers compete with a variety of alternative sources, including traditional retailers (mass merchandisers, discount stores, hardware stores, supermarkets, drugstores, convenience stores) and auto dealers.