More and more car owners are by-passing garage workshops for vehicle repairs and are fixing it themselves in a response to the cost-of-living crisis, according to parts supplier experts Online Automotive.
The aftermarket experts, who are celebrating a 17th year anniversary in the trade, are experiencing an unprecedented spike in demand from motorists, who are doing the work themselves rather than driving to a dealer, in order to save money.
Exhaust and brake parts top Online Automotive’s sales sheets, with £600k and £1.5mil respectively being sold in the past year.
And in terms of overall parts sales over the past three months, 77% were from individual motorists, looking to make the repairs away from an automotive centre.
Nicky Tsang, Sales Manager said, “We are seeing a surge in demand for our aftermarket parts from consumers, with a much bigger percentage of sales arising from this sector.
“We continue sell to independent garages and retail chains and boast a number of close relationships here, but this DIY market is certainly on the increase and we put this down to the cost-of-living crisis and more people trying to make savings wherever they can.”
Online Automotive also offers a ‘buy now, pay later’ finance scheme in a further show of support to motorists.