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When one starts any kind of business he or she needs to think not only about the ramifications and consequences of doing so, but also about the main part of the business plan that he or she will be sticking to. The same goes if you would like to start an auto parts business, and there are many dilemmas and decisions that you may run into along the way that you’ll have to consider and make. However, starting an auto parts business doesn’t have to be that big of a job, especially if one already knows a little bit about the business in the first place. It’s very true that starting up an auto parts business can be a very lucrative business opportunity, but it may be a little difficult if he or she has no experience with cars whatsoever. Nevertheless, here are some important guidelines to remember about starting this type of a business:

#1: Keep a List

This isn’t Christmastime and one should probably check this list over more than twice, but keeping a list of the auto parts that one has in stock in his or her warehouse is absolutely crucial in this type of a business. Many people usually turn to third-party stores that carry the types of auto parts that they need. A few examples of these types of stores are AutoZone, NAPA, as well as various other hardware stores that can be found. You can bet that all of these companies have lists that they started in order to keep track of the auto parts that they’re selling and the ones that they are also stocking. Although it’s not necessary to write this type of a list down by hand, it is definitely worthwhile to keep everything in a database on a computer’s hard drive so that it will always be easily accessible.

#2: Memorize Your Auto Parts

There are also customers who will come in your store from time to time who have no idea what they’re looking for. On the other hand, someone may know the job that they want to do to their car, but won’t have a clue as to what auto parts that they’ll need to get the job done. This is where memorization comes in. You will want to memorize that auto parts that you currently have, but you’ll also want to know which auto parts are required for which types of repair jobs so that you will be more valuable to your customers.

#3: Stock more than just Auto Parts

A third thing that one should take upon themselves to do is to stock more than just auto parts in their business. Even though the majority of the time there will be individuals who will be real quick at choosing the parts that they need, there are always those who will browse the whole store and see what you’ve got for sale. Business owners can

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  7. mantiqaltayr
    June 12th, 2011 at 18:46 | #7

    Joe,

    Agreed. Interesting about FRAM. I did a little research and it looks like FRAM has made filters in Israel and might still be doing so. People should check before they buy. But it's not just FRAM. I ran a search on “Auto parts made in Israel” and found some interesting things.

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  24. mantiqaltayr
    June 24th, 2011 at 23:58 | #24

    Joe,

    Agreed. Interesting about FRAM. I did a little research and it looks like FRAM has made filters in Israel and might still be doing so. People should check before they buy. But it's not just FRAM. I ran a search on “Auto parts made in Israel” and found some interesting things.

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    July 6th, 2011 at 16:02 | #42

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    While we're on the subject of auto parts manufacturers, does anyone have figures on how much Frank Stronach of Magna Auto Parts donated to the Liberals?

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    There is SO much to investigate in the auto parts industry, you just have to know where to look.

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