Summer/Autumn 21: Seize every opportunity garages told

Published:  12 August, 2021

Garages need to prepare for the growing busy period in the second half of 2021 to make sure they can take advantage of the opportunities, and not be overwhelmed by the workload, GiPA’s Q2 report has suggested.

GiPA UK’s Q2 results for their quarterly Aftermarket Pulse report showed that the market recovery situation by the end of June 2021 was 2.9% higher than GiPA’s initial prediction. “While in comparison to the same period in 2020, a double-digit recovery in the market is observed – particularly in the second quarter of the year – the market is far from having recovered its 2019 activity level” said GiPA UK General Manager, Quentin Le Hetet.

“This decrease was to be expected because the MOT exemptions for six months introduced in April 2020 structurally changed the aftermarket seasonality. In facts, of all tests to be performed in 2021 about 40% were between January and June, and 60% will be between July and December. This split was 53% and 47% respectively for before the COVID-19 outbreak.”

According to Quentin, in order to sustain growth compared to 2020, and to achieve pre-crisis market activity, garages need to jump on every opportunity until December: “The real challenge for the workshops will be during the second half of the year as workshop will face unprecedented volume of MOT tests to be carried out. Levelling up their capacity is going to be challenging when thinking of shortage of staff, pressure on the part supply chain, and increase parts pricing due to raw material price increase. It is important to see every entry as an opportunity and make the most of it.”

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