Auto part shortage continues as shipping costs pricier than repair bills

As the average price of a new vehicle continues to climb with a possible recession looming, many people are choosing to get their vehicles fixed instead of replacing them.

But a backlogged global supply chain is causing a delay for some auto parts to come in and in some cases, parts are taking more than a year-and-a-half to arrive.

“Never in 42 years I’ve been here, I’ve never seen this,” said Marc Marier, owner of Marcel’s Collision. “If we can’t get the part, we can’t put it on your car.”

Marier said in many cases, the cost to have parts shipped exceeds the price to make the repair and forces a lengthy waiting period for the vehicle owner.

“The parts sometimes are extremely hard to get. It started with COVID, especially computer chips and stuff like that, electrical equipment,” he explained. “We have one car that the job was here 127 days waiting for one part, like the rental bill exceeded the car repair.”

Marier told CTV News Windsor there have been occasions where it’s easier to have a part shipped from Germany than it is the United States, but that comes with a price on top of a car rental fee.

“Oh yeah, like I said that one job I had 127 days rental, the rental was $10,500 and the car repair was $6,000. It’s crazy.”

Marc Marier, owner of Marcel’s Collision on Tecumseh Road East in Windsor, Ont. is seen on Jan. 20, 2023. (Chris Campbell/CTV News Windsor)

Marier continued, “Chips, stuff like that. That’s where it’s the electrical problem. That’s where the delays come in, and the dealerships can’t even give us an exact date. And then when that date comes in, they say, ‘Well, no, it’s backordered again,’ so they’re guessing again too and when it

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