IMR Inc.’s Repair Shop Tracking Study Shows Independent Repair Shops Shop Around When It Comes to Sensors for Domestic Vehicles

Unlike brake parts, filtration products and lighting for domestic vehicles, where over 60 percent of independent repair shops make the warehouse distributor their first choice when purchasing those products, independent repair shops change their buying habits a little more when it comes to sensors. According to IMR Inc.’s Repair Shop Tracking Study, 49 percent of shops make the WD their first choice for sensors while 44.2 percent of shops go to a retailer and 6.7 percent call the car dealer.

“Our IMR Inc. Repair Shop Tracking Study for sensors reveals that whether it’s price, availability or quality, independent repair shops spread their sensor purchasing around for domestic vehicles,” said Bill Thompson, president and CEO of IMR Inc. “Where we are seeing the biggest change in purchasing habits is with car dealers. Almost seven percent of independent repair shops buy their sensors from dealers as opposed to lighting (1.4 percent), filtration products (2.9 percent) and brakes (3.1 percent).”

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