Automakers don't foresee trouble filling huge parts orders from Florida dealers in the wake of Hurricane Charley.
New-car dealerships and auto body repair shops are repairing thousands of new and used vehicles damaged in the Aug. 13 hurricane. Windshields, body panels, plastic exterior trim parts, door glass and electrical components are some of the parts in heavy demand.
At Bill Buck Chevrolet in Venice, Fla., the parts department has seen a big increase in business but has not run short of parts.
Windshields and other glass parts have been some of the fastest-moving items, said Matt Brogan, assistant sales manager. Aftermarket suppliers are providing anything the store cannot get from the factory, he said. The storm missed the dealership, Brogan said, and the increase in parts demand has been mostly from the body shop, which is repairing customers' cars. An estimated 7,000 vehicles on dealership lots were damaged; many thousands more in private hands had their vehicle glass blown out, body panels dented and exterior plastic trim ruined when the hurricane roared ashore.
Dealers need the replacement parts to: