A Quick Guide To Starting An Auto Parts Business Online

Written by Harshad Patankar

Before the advent of the internet, if you had an obscure car, it was a nightmare to get parts. The local mechanic would have to order them in and it would end up costing you loads of money. Luckily, you can order those parts on the internet these days, but there are relatively few companies doing it. There’s a big gap in the market there because an online auto parts service is something that most people could make use of at some point. You stand to make some good money if you get in now and fill that gap. Here’s what you need to know to start up your own successful auto parts business.

Don’t Limit Yourself To Online

Being able to order parts in online doesn’t mean that you need to solely sell them over the internet. When people are buying car parts they often spend a lot of money so sometimes they would prefer to deal with somebody in person. If you’re getting most of the parts online you’ll only need a small premises and an nfc credit card reader to take payments on. Having a physical premises will lend you more credibility, which is important to consumers when it comes to something so vital, like their car.

Wholesalers Or Markets?

When it comes to sourcing your auto parts, you’ve got two options. You can go to a wholesaler who will ship directly to the customer after you have facilitated the sale. It makes less work for you because you don’t have to deal with all of the logistics of shipping, but you also have far less control over it. If you are the kind of business owner that likes to exercise full control over every aspect of your business then a wholesaler probably isn’t for you. Instead, you should buy the parts direct from an automobile market and deal with all of the shipping considerations yourself. There is a chance to save money on the shipping if you shop around, but it will increase your workload. Both options have their benefits and downfalls so it’s up to you to weigh them up and decide which works best for you.

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You need to price your products competitively if you’re going to be a leader in your new industry. But you won’t make a good profit selling your products too cheaply. Parts for models that are quite common can be sold cheaply in larger quantities but when it comes to the rarer parts, you can put a bigger mark up on them and make your big money from them. People that have a rare car have far less choice when it comes to getting parts so they’ll be willing to pay more.


Accuracy is of the utmost importance when you’re running an auto parts business. Usually, if a company gets an order wrong, it’s not too much of a problem. However, when it comes to car parts, getting it wrong could seriously damage somebody’s car and that will, at the very least, lose you a customer forever. In worse cases, they might try to take legal action against you to recoup the cost of repairs, which could cost a lot of money if they have a rare car. It’s best to get some insurance to cover yourself in these kinds of situations.  

Starting an auto parts business online is a great money spinner but if you don’t get it right, you could end up getting yourself into big trouble.  


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Harshad Patankar

My name is Harshad Patankar and I am the chief blogger at BumbleBeeHub Blog and where I like to share my internet/tech experience along with some fascinating updates around the Business, Technology, Education and Government sectos with my online readers on this website. You can read more about me at my About Page. You can follow me on Twitter, Facebook & Google