UK The Car Aftermarket market report
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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 purposes of this report, only certain major aftermarket parts are reviewed. These are defined as parts that are typically able to 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
- exhausts and related parts
- brakes and related parts
- clutches and related parts
- lightbulbs and related parts
What you need to know
The replacement car parts market is large and, based on Mintel’s definitions, sales are estimated to have reached £5.5 billion in 2017 and are forecast at £5.61 billion in 2018. The period since the middle of June 2016 has been characterised by inflationary pressures stimulated in large part by depreciation in Sterling and higher costs for imported parts. While this has continued into 2017 and 2018, other factors have dampened value growth notably sluggish volume sales for tyres as well as a car market where sales have begun to stagnate.
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Written by Neil Mason, a leading analyst in the Retail Research sector, his extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.
The parts aftermarket is strongly affected by external factors with the recent depreciation in Sterling stimulating inflationary pressures across the sector. However, in the case of tyres, such a development has also narrowed price differentials resulting in a move away from value brands as well as reducing volume sales. Looking ahead, the UK’s departure from the EU in March 2019 is another external concern and one whose impact remains uncertain.
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