Online retail continues to find new growth and the usual ways of purchasing a car are starting to attempt to evolve.
Automotive recycling companies agree that the online marketplace has had a huge impact on the automotive recycling parts industry.
“It’s been a game changer, and it’s been huge for us,” said Anthony Wahl, owner of Wahl to Wahl Auto, a 34 acre full service auto recycling facility selling used auto parts in Cooperstown, New York. “We were very late getting our inventory online compared to a lot of the major yards. But once we did, it changed everything.”
Now almost all of Wahl to Wahl Auto’s sales are generated from customers finding the needed parts online.
“That is how many people are looking for parts now, and it’s certainly playing a big role in the whole industry,” Wahl said.
Some customers order parts from Wahl directly online, and some consumers see the company has the part online, then call to order over the phone, or ask any questions they may have about an item.
“Most of the full service auto recyclers across the country have migrated towards using an online platform to list their parts,” Wahl said. “I don’t see how growth is possible for smaller full service auto salvage yards that are not selling parts online. And it’s not just the end consumer finding our parts online, it’s other yards finding parts for their customers, as well as repair shops and body shops and
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