Auto repair

Auto repair shops struggle to get parts due to supply chain issues

TULSA, Okla. – For people in need of major auto repair, the road can be tough.

Auto repair shops across the country are struggling to get parts to complete repairs in a timely manner. This comes as used car prices have skyrocketed across the country over the past year.

Rising used car prices are forcing more and more people to have their car repaired rather than replaced. Now, some major auto parts are taking longer to ship, which means waiting longer to get cars fixed.

“More than ever, people want to invest in what they already have,” said Hunter Lindsey, service manager at Christian Brothers Automotive.

That means a lot of business for Lindsey and her team at Christian Brothers Automotive near 81st and Mingo. They see about 100 cars a week carrying out repairs to transmissions, engines and critical drive components like seals and axles.

“We do major vehicle repairs and these are some of the hardest parts to get,” Lindsey said.

A piece that used to take days to arrive in his store now takes weeks. But its electrical components, according to Lindsey, are the hardest to find. These include items such as radios, touchscreens and DVD players that could take months to arrive.

Nationally, the price of a used car has skyrocketed 37% over the past year due to a lack of inventory. Lindsey has been here for over seven years, he says it has never been harder to get parts.

With better containment of COVID-19 and more international shipments, experts predict supply chain issues may ease in the future.

Lindsey warns drivers to do everything possible to avoid any major repairs. He says the best way to do this is to be proactive. It says to have your car serviced frequently.

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