From the Desk of Mike Anderson: Resources to Combat Collision Parts Supply Chain Challenges
Written byMike Anderson, Autobody News
Published Feb. 08, 2022
I can’t speak with auto body shop owners, managers or estimators for long these days without the subject of parts supply challenges being raised.
The fact there’s a lot of parts backorders is just the reality we’re living with, and I can’t offer you any magic wand to change that.
What I can do, however, is point you toward some parts-related resources out there I think many people in the industry may not be using.
Let me start by saying long before any of our current challenges arose, I firmly believe every shop should be using some type of electronic parts ordering solution. When incorporated into good parts processes within your shop, these systems will improve the speed, accuracy and completeness of your parts ordering. Many will help identify availability of the parts you need.
But I also recognize even with these systems, you may still come up short identifying or locating the parts you need. So here are some additional resources you may not be familiar with in regard to locating parts.
One great website is www.partsvoice.com. It’s a free resource. You enter the vehicle information, the part number or numbers, and your ZIP code. Up pops a list of the dealers around the country who have that part in stock, showing you the number they have and when that inventory was last updated.