Online sales of auto parts and accessories will break the $10B mark in 2018., says Hedges & Company, a digital marketing agency serving the automotive aftermarket, which has published its annual automotive parts and accessories forecast for online retailing..
The automotive aftermarket will continue its dramatic shift to digital as online retail sales of auto parts and accessories in 2018 will exceed $10 billion for the first time, posting a 16.3% increase over 2017, with more than $5 billion of that occurring on mobile phones. Hedges & Company forecasts online sales of auto parts to reach nearly $16 billion in 2021..
Hedges & Company also forecasts nearly $138 billion in retail sales in 2018 through all sales channels — including traditional retail channels — will be influenced by the internet, due to online activity by consumers and service professionals.
This influence comes from consumers doing online research before buying a part, reading information and checking fitment on a manufacturer’s website, being exposed to online advertising, reading product or reseller reviews, going to automotive forums, or using search engines. The four most popular methods of online research used by consumers before buying are using search engines like Google or Bing (74% of all consumers), visiting online auto parts retailer websites (73%), visiting manufacturer websites (57%) and visiting automotive forums (47%).
Online activity will influence nearly $152 billion in parts and accessory sales through all retail channels – chain retail stores, automobile dealers, big box retailers, local independent brick and mortar retailers, jobbers, as well as online sales – by 2021. Online sales include online retailers, as well as the growing trend of manufacturers selling direct to consumers (DTC).
Hedges & Company has tracked online auto parts sales closely each year since 2007, using a combination of proprietary industry research, trends analysis, US Census data, data from the US Bureau of Economic Analysis, interviews with industry sources, analysis of third-party data and statistical modeling. The forecast does not include used or recycled parts, online auctions such as eBay Motors or third-party marketplaces. The forecast includes the United States only.
The forecast is published here:https://hedgescompany.com/blog/2018/04/online-parts-sales-to-top-10-billion-in-2018/