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4 Ways to Save Time and Money When Selling Parts

The key? Work smarter, not harder.

Invest in technology


Get with the times. Customers are looking online to find solutions to their problems and, of course, to shop. Parts ordering is no exception. The right tech solution helps streamline your parts ordering process. And gives shop owners access to the parts they need when they need them. It can also help your customers identify exactly what they want – and, in some cases, what they didn't even know they needed.


Find a way to reduce back-and-forth calls

We know you like getting calls from your shops – we aren't trying to cut the phone cord here. Selling online is not meant to replace telephone interactions but it can help dealers and shops communicate more efficiently and with fewer errors.

Instead of calling a dealership to provide part number details, faxing technical illustrations back and forth, or answering price and availability questions, online ordering streamlines the process. It helps shops be more self-sufficient and accurate with parts ordering, and, most importantly, helps you, the dealer, become more efficient. This will help keep the phone lines open for calls you really need to take.

Stop using fax machines!

Push shops to buy online, not via fax. Shops should be able to find their parts on their own. With RepairLink , shops can view the best-in-class illustrations and technical diagrams available online 24/7. This means they can find the parts they need without asking you. After they find the right part, they can then submit the online order directly to you.

Take advantage of OEM programs

OEMs understand how important price is to a shop (and their customers). They know they must price their parts competitively, so shops will choose OEM parts over aftermarket parts. That's why OEMs have developed promotional programs that often match or beat aftermarket pricing.

RepairLink has many OEM promotional part programs that provide shops discounts and dealers with back-end reimbursements like CollisionLink. GM, FCA, Volkswagen, Nissan, INFINITI, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, International and I/C Bus all have promotional programs that provide independent repair shops with competitive pricing on thousands of popular parts.

Looking for more insights? Check out this article on the costs of selling parts online.

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