UK garages approach Brexit through alternate sourcing and stockpiling

Published:  07 March, 2019

Nearly half of UK garages have sourced alternative, UK based suppliers ahead of Brexit on Friday 29March, according to new research.

WhoCanFixMyCar.com surveyed its network of independent garages  and found that 45.3% of businesses asked were actively seeking new, British suppliers

WhoCanFixMyCar.com also found that around one in six garages have been stockpiling parts ahead of the UK’s departure from the EU. The survey also revealed that 52.3% of garages believed that there will be an increase in labour costs after Brexit, with 61.5% believing more customers will ignore required repairs for longer due to perceived/expected cost increases.

51.4% also said they believe parts will become more expensive after Brexit. Meanwhile, 42.3% expect Brexit to impact parts availability in the UK.

More than half of respondents also said that they’d made an effort to confirm agreements with current suppliers amidst uncertainty.

Al Preston, co-founder of WhoCanFixMyCar.com, said: “The garage and repair industry is truly global, and many OEM parts are only manufactured outside of the UK. With the news that companies such as Honda and Nissan have closed factories to move production elsewhere, it only fuels worry for garage owners. However, it’s good to see so many taking precautions pre-Brexit, as I’m sure this can’t be said for all industries.”

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