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Myrtle Beach area auto repair workers battle shortage of auto parts – Florence, South Carolina

Florence, South Carolina 2021-07-21 19:10:09 –

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (WBTW) — A shortage of auto parts can impact Grand Strand customers’ waiting times and repair costs.

Car workers said Wednesday’s customers could eventually wait months at the car store for repairs. Bob Danella, service manager for Turn Key Auto Repair, said the shortage began to appear when the coronavirus struck the United States.

With decades of experience, he said he had never seen the price of a car repair need as it is now.

“You know it went up, and now you need to give bad news to every incoming customer,” Danella said.

He said the price tag was higher than ever and that was reflected in the customer’s invoice.

“Some of us are absorbing. Some oil has risen nearly $ 2 per quart,” said Danella. “I decided not to raise it that much just because I didn’t want to lose. [customers],” He said.

Danella said the labor shortage of automakers has hit dealers the hardest. At Beach Automotive, the backlog of parts is usually 30. As of Wednesday, there are over 300 backordered parts.

“Usually before ordering from Ford, Mazda, or Volvo, you now have to order from an independent parts store dealer,” said Marshall Baker. He said he spends half a day searching for auto parts.

In some cases, the manufacturer may have parts, but if there were no workers to ship them, they would be sitting on the shelves, he said.

Some customers have been waiting for repairs for weeks or months, Baker said. This is an issue affecting several car stores throughout the Grand Strand.

“Everything is so lacking,” Baker said. “It’s stressful. Everyone gets excited because they know they’re working hard to do the same amount of work they used to,” Baker said.

Car workers are demanding patience as shortages and rising prices may continue until the end of next year.

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