Any official word about the above? Are they going to consolidate the captive CARQUEST stores and turn them into to Advance Auto Parts stores? What about the independent CARQUEST stores? How about line consolidations? Point of sale, etc. Not sure this was a match made in heaven?
there are alot of reasons to sell to commerical customers vs diy. todays cars are getting harder for the diyer to work on themselves, there are less returns ("defectives") from commerical customers vs diyer's, even when sold at a discount there is more profit margin in "hard" parts than sales floor items. Shops dont just mark parts up for the fun of it. they do it to cover shop expenses and also they are assuming liability if that part fails they can cover the warranty repair work so you the customer dont have to pay again. The same reason dealers focus more on repair work now than car sales is the same reason major auto parts retailers are going after the commerical is times are changing and thats where the money is at.
i get that all companies want to grow but unless it is profitable should they? it seems to me that selling parts wholesale to repair shops so they can mark them up to customers cant be as profitable as selling to end consumers directly. so why do the discount auto part companies want to get into commercial sales? is it just diversification? is it some type of bragg factor?is it something to do with broadening the range of parts to be handled, do it yourself types seldom replace rings,cam bearings etc.