Auto Repair Shops Seeing Parts Shortages; Customers Waiting Longer for Service

On average, it’s now taking 15-30 days longer to get parts in for body shops around the nation. Mechanics here in Evansville have heard a slew of reasons as to what’s behind this delay.

Posted: Jul 28, 2021 4:48 PM
Updated: Jul 28, 2021 6:55 PM

On average, it’s now taking 15-30 days longer to get parts in for body shops around the nation, and mechanics here in Evansville have heard a slew of reasons as to what’s behind this delay.

“I’ve heard all kinds of stories," said Don Decker, president of Mill's Body Shop. "I’ve heard there’s issues with the parts getting stamped and made out to us, and I’ve also heard there’s just an employee shortage and there’s not enough staff to make the parts. I’ve heard that as well.”

This parts shortage leaving drivers stranded across the nation as they have to wait for certain equipment to get to their repair shop, and if you’re in need of a repair soon, no one knows exactly how long it might take you to get your car fixed.

“If it’s a critical part, and you just can’t get it, that could delay it, and it could be a day or two, or it could be a week or two," said Decker. "It’s just one of those things that is very, very parts specific.”

And with Decker’s lot so full, he’s hoping the parts problem comes to an end soon, but for now, he’s unsure.

“It’s really up in the air, because the people I deal with and the people I buy parts from, I don’t think they have the answers yet," said Decker. "They’re getting their parts from somewhere also, so I don’t think they know the whole story as to when this might be over.”

Evansville
Clear
34° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 26°
Owensboro
Partly Cloudy
37° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 25°
Feels Like: 28°
Princeton
Partly Cloudy
32° wxIcon
Hi: 42° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 24°
Madisonville
Partly Cloudy
41° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 34°
Jasper
Partly Cloudy
31° wxIcon
Hi: 41° Lo: 24°
Feels Like: 21°
It was another cool, though overall pleasant day across the Tri-State - after only seeing temperatures dive as low as 22° early this morning, peak temperatures ended up climbing a few degrees higher than Thursday's; that being said, Evansville’s high temperature of 27° Was still 15° below average for this time of the year. As for the evening ahead, temperatures will gradually fall for 23° around dinner time back down to 19° by10 PM. A weak northerly wind flow most of the night paired with our crystal clear skies will cause temperatures to of fall back down into the mid to low teens once again - Evansville's anticipated low temperature of 12° will mark or coolest since the morning of January 7th.
WEVV 4K Doppler Radar
WEVV 7-Day Forecast
WEVV Watches & Warnings

Community Events