Mechanics face longer waits and higher prices for auto parts in Asia

It might take longer than usual for drivers to get their oil changed or get their cars back into service due to the roadblocks suppliers face.

Joseph Sabia, owner of Sabia’s Car Care on Fort Salonga Road in Northport, told News 12 he is waiting several days for parts that would normally be delivered in about an hour.

The mechanic has worked in the area for almost 50 years and says he’s never seen anything like it.

“You have to call nine different rooms, houses to get what you need to fix a car,” says Sabia.

Sabia says the parts he needs for routine auto repairs are increasingly difficult to find and lead to backups in his business.

“It’s getting harder and harder to get the brakes rotated, the rubber is now a problem, the tires, the fan belts, the hoses,” says Sabia. “You take a job and you want to get it out in two or three hours, the car can stay here for a day or two or even longer.”

AAA Northeast spokesman Robert Sinclair Jr. said the hard-to-find parts are mainly shipped from Asia and many of them are still stranded in ports. He says that even after they are unloaded, there can be delays in delivering parts across the country.

“The bottleneck is with the truck drivers, who have an insufficient number of truck drivers,” says Sinclair Jr. “A lot of truck drivers were made redundant or left the profession during the height of the pandemic in 2020 and they didn’t come back. ”

Sabia says the shortage results in higher prices which can sometimes reach 30%.

“I hope the supply chain becomes easier for us and the prices come down,” says Sabia.

Sinclair Jr. says drivers can potentially prevent cars from breaking down by performing routine maintenance as soon as possible, especially as the winter season approaches.

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