Auto Bodybuilders Still Face Shortage of Auto Parts | SiouxlandProud | Sioux City, IA

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – Local mechanics say a wide variety of parts are now hard to find. Delays have prompted service shops to search for new options to meet their parts needs.

Martin Gruis is a workshop foreman at Woodhouse Service and Parts in Sioux City. He says the parts shortage is unlike anything he’s ever seen.

“I’ve been with this dealership for 27 years and this is by far the most difficult time we’ve had to get parts in 27 years,” said Gruis.

Gruis said the shortage affects all types of parts, from electronics to transmissions.

“It goes from large rooms to small rooms,” said Gruis. “I don’t think I can even focus on one. We’re probably waiting, off the top of my head, probably about 40 pieces right now, with the oldest being about 3 months old now.

Jarod Eickholt is the owner of Certified Auto Repair. He says getting parts from overseas is a problem due to shipping issues.

“This can sometimes set a car up for a few weeks to a few months,” Eickholt said. “It makes it a bit more difficult for the customer to get the car on time, but we’re doing what we can. “

Eickholt and Gruis both say they have tried reaching out to more suppliers for parts and they hope this shortage will end soon.

While electronics and transmissions are two of the hardest parts to get right now, Eickholt says brakes and suspension parts are getting easier to acquire.

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