What is typical markup for parts at auto repair shop?

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2001 Isuzu Rodeo was recently serivced. Parts prices seemed high. $90 for spark plug wires, $54 for serpentine belt, $70 for valve cover gasket, etc. This is in addition to labor to install. What kind of markup is typical for parts, compared to retail?
For repairs in MO, USA

9 Responses to “What is typical markup for parts at auto repair shop?”

  1. Scott H Says:

    It depends on where it was serviced. Dealer prices are usually higher than independent shops, plus factory parts are usually more expensive than aftermarket.

  2. john l Says:

    usually 300 percent…like midas ,dealerships and other franchises…i usally mark the part up 50 percent ..it depends on what it is…..like if the fuel pump cost me $250..i will mark it up to about $320…belts and hoses ..spark plugs…just a couple bucks

  3. I'm as cool as ice cubes Says:

    I would say on average 100-200% markup

    Well thats what my markup is at my store

  4. reneet8 Says:

    it depends on where you go and if it is what you call a newer model or not.but the mark up can be 25 to 80%.I didn’t charge it My boss did.

  5. equipartsdude Says:

    parts at a dealer would be about 100 percent mark-up and at some off the road reapir shop woud be about 40 to 50 percent mark-up and shops dont like it when you take your own parts to them to install, they will most likely refuse your business.

  6. mrharris32 Says:

    Wow….as a Missouri resident I certainly understand why it is I come by business so easily. 300%??!?! 100%?!?!? That blows my mind.

    We’ve run the shop for nearly 5 years now and typically don’t mark up the parts much past 10-20%. It looks pretty horrible when anyone with half a brain can call the local AutoZone or O’reillys to discover what the part would have cost them retail. When I buy a set of plug wires for $35 I sell them for $50…not $90.

    I’ve always directed After Hours to profit heavier on the labor. People know when they’re getting screwed, especially on a fixed price car part.

    Dealers and OEM parts are a different story. The $90 wires would not suprise me one bit if it was dealer serviced. OEM components are high dollar and rarely better than aftermarket. In most cases the aftermarket part will last longer!!

  7. vwhobo Says:

    The simple answer to your question is that here isn’t a simple answer to your question. More specifically, the amount of mark-up is determined by the cost of the part and in some cases the type of part. Part pricing is (should be) based on a shop’s pre-determined price matrix with the exception of certain high volume or competitively priced items. Anyone who claims to have a mark-up that is set in stone (see above) is either a liar or an idiot. Examples.

    1. If you go to any auto parts store or discount retailer, you’re going to pay about $2 for a package of two hose clamps, size dependent. Depending on the size, I get between $.89 and $1.49 for a clamp. Seems about fair. Fortunately for me, they’re a high mark-up item… Several hundred percent.

    2. The other side of that coin (no pun intended) is let’s say I sell a remanufactured engine to a customer and my cost is $750. There is no way I can sell that engine to them for $2250 or even $1500. Yes, I do make a mark-up but at a much lower percentage.

    3. Now for the stuff that falls outside of my intentionally vague numbers and percentages, high volume / competitively priced items. I am not a wiper blade store, but as an automotive repair shop owner I have to stock and sell blades. The perfect time to sell blades is on a rainy day to a customer who has their car already in for repairs. It’s a minor upsell that gives the driver peace of mind and shows I’m looking out for them. Not only do we charge less for blades than Wal-Mart, but we also install them for free. The goodwill is worth more than the mark-up I could make.

    So to summarize, I’ll more or less tell you the same thing I started out with. There is no one size fit’s all mark-up. Hope this helps and have a nice day.

    P.S. If you want clarification, e-mail me.


  8. grandnational_man Says:

    Most dealerships usually mark up 55% or run at suggested list from parts stores or other manufacturers.
    Most of the parts recieved from parts stores are 30 to 50% markup.
    Parts from other dealers are 15 to 35%.
    At least that is the way it is done in the dealership I work at.

  9. sci Says:

    Dealers routinely exceed 100 percent. They more than double what their expense is for any given item. However they are mandated to carry a certain inventory level and do this to cover the expense of inventory.

    Independant shops vary widely, but usually double the price from their suppliers. Big ticket items generally do no follow thi procedure, Engines, Trannies, A/C Comp.

    The supplier usually provides a suggested retail price so you aren’t killing yourself and undercutting your suppliers retail price.

    ASE Cert Auto Tech, Shop Owner

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