Valley auto repair shop says supply chain issues are leading to delays

Nov 15, 2021, 4:35 AM | Updated: 7:47 am
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PHOENIX — If you need repairs on your car, it may take a lot more time to get it fixed than before.

Jesse Garcia with Kelly Clark Automotive Specialists in Phoenix told KTAR News 92.3 FM that many of the parts they need to repair cars are back-ordered due to supply chain issues, making turnaround times longer.

“I just tell my customers to just give us some time or plan, not necessarily money-wise, but plan for longer wait times,” Garcia said.

“Days turn into three or four days or maybe into next week.”

Meanwhile, vehicles either need maintenance or are breaking down after sitting unused for over a year as many people worked from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It just seems like there’s a wave,” Garcia said. “People didn’t use their cars and then all of the sudden they had to use them right away, and that’s what brings on sudden breakdowns.”

He said repair delays depend on the car and the type of repairs that are needed.

Garcia added Kelly Clark Automotive Specialists is not experiencing staffing shortages, but other auto shops in the Valley are.

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Valley auto repair shop says supply chain issues are leading to delays