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Car Aftermarket - UK - November 2013

“While the car parts aftermarket is showing signs of recovery the market remains subject to pressures caused by the increased longevity of parts, the recent economic slowdown and the threat of budget and counterfeit parts. Overcoming all of these, while a major challenge for the market, brings with it the prospect of much stronger sales in the future.”

– Neil Mason, Head of Retail Research

Some questions answered in this report include:

  • What impact will growing reliability of car parts have on the market?
  • How can the market stand up to the challenge from budget brands?
  • What impact will increased competition have on suppliers?
  • How can the market deal with those drivers delaying on maintenance?
  • What threat do counterfeits and part-worns pose to the OE market?

This report presents an overview of the UK car parts aftermarket. It examines a number of the most common parts that are purchased by motorists as part of the maintenance of their vehicle as well as how these parts are purchased and fitted.

The UK car parts aftermarket has recently passed through a difficult period. A combination of wider economic problems and sluggish car sales has led a growing number of drivers to either delay parts replacement or downgrade on the quality of some replacement parts. Heightened competition within the market has added to these difficulties, with the result that retail sales have been sluggish.

Yet there is evidence that the market is beginning to strengthen. Driven by higher retail prices within the tyre sector, Mintel expects the value of the replacement parts market to grow more strongly in the next few years than it has of late. While trends towards longer servicing and warranties will continue to constrain market expansion, improvements in the UK’s economic outlook are set to encourage trading up and ease pressure on prices.

Car aftermarket parts are defined as products that need to be replaced in order that, mechanically, the car may function better or, indeed, at all. In this respect, they differ from car accessories, which may include comfort, security and/or appearance as the prime motivators to purchase.

For the purpose of this report only a number of major aftermarket parts are reviewed. These are defined as those parts that can typically be serviced at automotive fast fit centres in addition to dealers and garages. Replacement tyres are also included in this definition.

The full line-up of parts reviewed is as follows:

  • Shock absorbers and related parts
  • Oil filters and related parts
  • Tyres
  • Exhausts and related parts
  • Batteries
  • Brakes and related parts.

The product areas covered in this report may be purchased from a retail outlet and fitted by the car owner, or will be purchased from a garage, dealership, fast-fit outlet or a mechanic and fitted by a professional.

This report purely covers the sale of this type of good to consumers (and not trade between suppliers/manufacturers and retailers).

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction

      • Definition
        • Abbreviations
        • Executive Summary

            • The market
                • Figure 1: UK car parts aftermarket, by value, at current prices, 2008-18
              • Market factors
                • Companies, brands and innovation
                    • Figure 2: Aftermarket outlets available for the replacement car parts, 2013
                  • The consumer
                    • Figure 3: Car ownership, June 2013
                    • Figure 4: Replacement parts bought, June 2013
                    • Figure 5: Repairs or fitting of replacement parts, by outlet, June 2013
                    • Figure 6: Factors when choosing an individual or organisation to fit replacement parts, June 2013
                    • Figure 7: Attitudes towards cars and car repairs, June 2013
                  • What we think
                  • Issues in the Market

                      • What impact will growing reliability of car parts have on the market?
                        • How can the market stand up to the challenge from budget brands?
                          • What impact will increased competition have on suppliers?
                            • How can the market deal with those drivers delaying on maintenance?
                              • What threat do counterfeits and part-worns pose to the OE market?
                              • Trend Applications

                                  • Trend: Rebirth of Cities
                                    • Trend: Let’s make a deal
                                      • Futures: Old Gold
                                      • Internal Market Environment

                                        • Key points
                                          • Car market in recovery
                                            • Figure 8: New and used car registrations, 2007-13
                                          • Overall sales still down on pre-recession numbers
                                            • New vehicle sales show signs of strengthening
                                              • Majority of cars are over three years old
                                                • Figure 9: Age structure of the car parc in years, 2012
                                              • Car mileage in decline
                                                • Figure 10: Road traffic (vehicle miles) driven by cars and taxis, 2008-12
                                              • Lighting and signalling dominates reasons for MOT failure
                                                • Figure 11: Road vehicle testing scheme (MOT), selected reasons for failure, car tests, 2008-11
                                              • Diesels now account for over half of new cars
                                                • Figure 12: New car registrations, by fuel type, 2008-13
                                              • Vehicle replacement times are being delayed...
                                                • ... as is maintenance
                                                  • From original equipment to refurbishment and part used
                                                    • Home maintenance increasingly eschewed by drivers
                                                    • Broader Market Environment

                                                      • Key points
                                                        • UK economy set for recovery
                                                          • Figure 13: GDP, PDI, consumer expenditure and savings, at constant 2008 prices, 2008-18
                                                        • Recent GDP growth has been modest, while consumer expenditure has fallen back
                                                          • Better times ahead
                                                            • Consumer confidence also on the rise
                                                              • Figure 14: GfK NOP Consumer Confidence Index, January 1988-2013
                                                            • Fuel prices record a significant increase
                                                              • Figure 15: Index of premium unleaded and diesel fuel prices, 2000-12
                                                            • Shift in population towards the less affluent
                                                              • Figure 16: Forecast adult population trends, by socio-economic group, 2008-18
                                                            • UK population shows signs of ageing
                                                              • Figure 17: Trends in the age structure of the UK population, 2008-18
                                                          • Competitive Context

                                                            • Key points
                                                              • Costs of running a car continue to increase
                                                                • Figure 18: Consumer expenditure on car purchasing, servicing and repair and motoring expenses, seasonally adjusted at current prices, 2009-12
                                                              • Cost pressures see growing use of the internet
                                                                • Counterfeiting continues to be a problem
                                                                • Strengths and Weaknesses in the Market

                                                                  • Strengths
                                                                    • Weaknesses
                                                                    • Who’s Innovating?

                                                                      • Key points
                                                                        • Green innovations
                                                                          • Boosting vehicle performance
                                                                            • Safety
                                                                            • Market Size and Forecast

                                                                              • Key points
                                                                                • Car parts aftermarket shows signs of recovery
                                                                                  • Figure 19: UK car parts aftermarket*, by value, at current and constant prices, 2008-13
                                                                                • Recession impacts on replacement parts sales
                                                                                  • Rising prices for tyres push up market
                                                                                    • Tyres account for over half of market by value
                                                                                      • Figure 20: Segmentation of the car parts aftermarket, by value, at current prices, 2008-2013
                                                                                    • The future
                                                                                      • Figure 21: UK car parts aftermarket, by value, at current prices, 2008-18
                                                                                      • Figure 1: UK car parts aftermarket, by value, at current prices, 2008-18
                                                                                    • Market segment forecast
                                                                                      • Figure 22: UK tyre aftermarket, by value, at current prices, 2008-18
                                                                                      • Figure 23: UK other car parts aftermarket, by value, at current prices, 2008-18
                                                                                  • Market Segmentation

                                                                                    • Key points
                                                                                      • Tyres
                                                                                        • Rising raw material prices drive up value
                                                                                          • figure 24: Tyre market by value (at current prices) and volume, 2008-13
                                                                                        • Tyre sector badly hit by economic slowdown
                                                                                          • Raw material costs push up value
                                                                                            • Budget tyres increasingly dominate sales
                                                                                              • Figure 25: Tyre segmentation for replacement car tyres, by volume percentage, 2010-13
                                                                                            • Demand for winter and all season tyres is up
                                                                                              • Figure 26: Winter/all season tyres, 2008-13
                                                                                            • Other replacement parts
                                                                                              • Longer replacement times and price competition hit market
                                                                                                • Figure 27: Segmentation of the other replacement parts market, by value, at current prices, 2008-13
                                                                                              • A market beset with difficulties
                                                                                                • Recovery of UK economy brings about improvements
                                                                                                • Market Share

                                                                                                  • Key points
                                                                                                    • Tyres – a highly fragmented market
                                                                                                      • Figure 28: UK – Tyres: Company market share, by value, 2012
                                                                                                    • Top five manufacturers capture 38% of tyre sales
                                                                                                      • Many smaller players operate in the budget sector
                                                                                                      • Companies and Products

                                                                                                        • Parts suppliers
                                                                                                          • Bosch
                                                                                                            • Delphi
                                                                                                              • Federal-Mogul
                                                                                                                • Hella
                                                                                                                  • Tenneco
                                                                                                                    • TRW
                                                                                                                      • Visteon
                                                                                                                        • Valeo
                                                                                                                          • Factors and retailers
                                                                                                                            • A1 Motor Stores
                                                                                                                              • Euro Car Parts
                                                                                                                                • GSF Car Parts
                                                                                                                                  • Halfords
                                                                                                                                    • Motor World
                                                                                                                                      • Tyres
                                                                                                                                        • Bridgestone
                                                                                                                                          • Continental
                                                                                                                                            • Goodyear
                                                                                                                                              • Hankook
                                                                                                                                                • Michelin
                                                                                                                                                  • Pirelli
                                                                                                                                                  • Brand Communication and Promotion

                                                                                                                                                    • Key points
                                                                                                                                                      • Overall expenditure on the up
                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 29: Main media advertising expenditure on car aftermarket products*, 2009-12
                                                                                                                                                      • Tyres increasingly dominate expenditure
                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 30: Main media advertising expenditure, by key group, 2009-12
                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 31: Main media advertising expenditure, by other car parts 2009-12
                                                                                                                                                      • Television and radio dominate channel choice
                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 32: Main media advertising expenditure on car aftermarket products*, % share by media type, 2009-12
                                                                                                                                                      • Main tyre manufacturers dominate advertising
                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 33: Total advertising spend on tyres by company, 2009-12
                                                                                                                                                      • Television advertising dominates for tyre segment
                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 34: Tyre advertising spend, by media type, 2009-12
                                                                                                                                                      • Other parts market typified by fragmented market
                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 35: Other car parts* advertising spend, by media type, 2009-12
                                                                                                                                                      • Press advertising dominant for other car parts supplier
                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 36: Other car parts* by advertising spend, by media type, 2009-12
                                                                                                                                                    • Channels to Market

                                                                                                                                                      • Key points
                                                                                                                                                        • Independent garages dominate a market where outlet numbers are falling
                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 37: Aftermarket outlets for sales of replacement parts* 2008-13
                                                                                                                                                        • Independent garage sector sees number of outlets fall back steadily
                                                                                                                                                          • Petrol forecourts suffer a more dramatic decline in numbers
                                                                                                                                                            • Dealer outlets down by around 10% since 2008
                                                                                                                                                              • Kwik Fit dominates fast fit market by outlet numbers
                                                                                                                                                                • Figure 38: Top ten tyre and exhaust fitting centres, by number of outlets, 2010-13
                                                                                                                                                              • Halfords dominates the car accessory outlet market
                                                                                                                                                                • Figure 39: Leading car accessory chains, by number of outlets, 2012 and 2013
                                                                                                                                                              • Tyre sales – an area dominated by specialists
                                                                                                                                                                • Figure 40: Tyre distribution, by outlet, 2012
                                                                                                                                                              • The internet
                                                                                                                                                                • Tyre sales remain a developing market
                                                                                                                                                                  • Other replacement parts affected by the do-it-for-me market
                                                                                                                                                                  • The Consumer – Car Ownership

                                                                                                                                                                    • Key points
                                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 41: Car ownership, June 2013
                                                                                                                                                                      • Income has a major impact on type of car owned
                                                                                                                                                                        • All ages show interest in recent purchases
                                                                                                                                                                          • Car buyers likely to be found in rural areas
                                                                                                                                                                            • Poor, young and those in London least likely to drive
                                                                                                                                                                              • Ownership of a car from new is growing
                                                                                                                                                                                • Figure 42: Car ownership, 2012 and 2013
                                                                                                                                                                              • Ford and Vauxhall dominate ownership
                                                                                                                                                                                • Figure 43: Make of main car, June 2013
                                                                                                                                                                              • Vauxhall has broad appeal by age
                                                                                                                                                                              • The Consumer – Parts Replacement

                                                                                                                                                                                • Key points
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Tyres top the list as parts that need replacing
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Figure 44: Replacement parts bought, August 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Men are more likely to purchase parts
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Older drivers replacing fewer parts
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Urban drivers are more likely to replace certain parts
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Owners of second-hand vehicles are more likely to need to replace parts
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 45: Replacement parts bought, by car ownership, June 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Few differences in need to replace parts by brand of car
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 46: Parts and replacement parts purchased in last 12 months, by make of main car driven, June 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                      • The Consumer – Undertaking of Repairs

                                                                                                                                                                                        • Key points
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Mechanics and independent dealers are most likely to fit parts
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 47: Repairs or fitting of replacement parts by outlet, June 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Socio-economic status and income have impact on some choices
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Are women attracted to dealers?
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Urbanites favour fast fits and friends
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Type of part requiring replacement often dictates who undertakes fitting
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 48: Repairs or fitting of replacement parts by outlet, by parts and replacement parts purchased in last 12 months, June 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                              • The Consumer – Factors When Choosing an Organisation to Fit Parts

                                                                                                                                                                                                • Key points
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Location, price and trust dominate thinking when choosing assistance
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Figure 49: Factors when choosing an individual or organisation to fit replacement parts, June 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Women look towards recommendations while men go for price and quality
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Older drivers are more demanding
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Londoners want guarantees, speed and quality
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Price important for those on lowest incomes, but quality for wealthier drivers
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Drivers with second-hand vehicles have strongest opinions
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 50: Factors when choosing an individual or organisation to fit replacement parts, by statements about car ownership and driving, June 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Drivers expect different things from different organisations
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 51: Factors when choosing an individual or organisation to fit replacement parts, by repair or fitting of replacement parts by outlet, June 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Consumer – Attitudes towards Replacement Parts

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Key points
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Reliability is seen as the most important factor when purchasing a car
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Figure 52: Attitudes towards cars and car repairs, June 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Quality over price
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Many drivers don’t have knowledge to undertake repairs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Modern cars not viewed as being completely reliable
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Mobile mechanics and fast fit garages appeal to some
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Women and older drivers demand reliability but also suffer from poor knowledge when it comes to repairs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • London – a different market?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Wealthy and older drivers have greater confidence in the reliability of modern cars
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Those with used vehicles focus more on price issues
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 53: Attitudes towards cars and car repairs, by statements about car ownership and driving, June 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Concerns about mechanical problems an issue with those who have recently purchased new
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Other owners of new cars focus their attention on reliability
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Owners of second-hand vehicles more likely to use part worn or refurbished parts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Appendix – The Consumer – Car Ownership

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 54: Most popular statements about car ownership and driving, by demographics, June 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 55: Most popular make of main car driven, by demographics, June 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Appendix – The Consumer – Most Popular Parts and Replacement Parts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 56: Most popular parts and replacement parts purchased in last 12 months, by demographics, June 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 57: Next most popular parts and replacement parts purchased in last 12 months, by demographics, June 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Appendix – The Consumer – Most Popular Fitting or Replacement Parts by Outlet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 58: Most popular repairs or fitting of replacement parts by outlet by demographics, June 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Appendix – The Consumer – Most Popular Factors When Choosing an Organisation to Fit Replacement Parts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 59: Most popular factors when choosing an individual or organisation to fit replacement parts, by demographics, June 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 60: Next most popular factors when choosing an individual or organisation to fit replacement parts, by demographics, June 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Appendix – The Consumer – Most Popular Attitudes towards Car Repairs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 61: Most popular attitudes towards cars and car repairs, by demographics, June 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 62: Next most popular attitudes towards cars and car repairs, by demographics, June 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 63: Other attitudes towards cars and car repairs, by demographics, June 2013

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Car Aftermarket - UK - November 2013

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