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Auto Shop Supply Problems

The Supply Chain Shortfall may have left many store shelves empty, and the automotive industry shortages have driven up the price of cars and repairs. Douglas Braff spoke with a couple auto body shops in Center County and has more.

This car park shortage has made it more difficult for a good amount of auto body shops in Center County to get the items that they need. I spoke with a few of them to see how the shortage is impacting their bottom line.

Bob Selego owns the Boalsburg Car Company. There they sell used cars and fix up vehicles. They’ve been feeling the squeeze of the shortage since the start of the pandemic, but things are becoming slightly more difficult.

“So on an average, we were able to buy maybe five or six cars at a time, maybe ten cars at a time. Now, every day sorting through about 100 cars, you’ll get one. The national supply chain issues make items harder to come by, more expensive and longer to receive”

They have gone from roughly 70 cars in stock to about 30. This is all part of Boalsburg Car Companies strategy nowadays when it comes to used cars, and the reason for that is our strategy and the approach we’re taking is not to over.

“So, you know, Overstock with overpriced cars because at any moment something could change and you don’t want to be stuck with a lot of overpriced inventory. You want to always have a good car at a good price for the customers.”

Selego, however, says his company is getting by all right for the time being. Another auto body shop J&P Pro Auto Service in State College is struggling a bit, its manager, John Snare tells me. Oil and some other parts as well.

Some of the past. We tried to order. It’s two or three days. Some of them are weeks, and some of them are months amid the nationwide labor shortage as well. Snare says J and P is looking to hire one or two auto technicians.

But he says the winter isn’t boating well. It’s probably been the last six months, you know, but it’s getting worse. You know, we see it worse now than we did six months ago. We’re getting by, but it’s it’s getting tight to keep the ship afloat.

Snare says they’ve made cutbacks in certain places and are not buying oil in bulk as they used to boast of Gallo and Snare. Say that just like everyone else in the industry. Shortages have driven their prices up. Neither are certain how long these issues will last.

These supply chain issues are expected to continue into the foreseeable future. We’ll be sure to keep you up to date on any developments here. Reporting from Center County, I’m Douglas Braff.


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