A Complete List Of Parts Mechanics Will Be Ordering Over The Next 5 Years

The introduction of electric vehicles (EVs) has changed the landscape for the auto parts industry. EVs are quite different from cars with internal combustion engines. Their designs and parts are different for the most part. Bringing EVs into the lineup of available vehicles on the market means two things:

  1. A whole new set of auto parts being introduced to the market
  2. The demand for some internal combustion engine parts dropping (and these parts possibly being phased out over time)

Electric vehicle

With these two major changes in mind, many independent shops are uncertain what the future will look like. EVs won’t dominate the parts industry anytime soon. Yet, the independent shop still has to adapt with the adoption of EVs. This ebook we put together will help you ensure that your independent shop thrives with the popularity of EVs.

EVs won’t take over the parts industry in the next 5 years, but you may notice some changes in the parts inventory:

  • There are parts shops will continue to order
  • There are parts shops will order less
  • You may notice some completely new parts that are exclusive to EVs

The following lists will help you prepare your inventory for the upcoming changes in the auto parts industry:

Parts Mechanics Will Continue To Order

EVs and vehicles with internal combustion engines have some of the same parts. It’s a good idea to keep a large inventory of the parts listed below. It’s because both internal combustion vehicles and EVs will need these parts:

1. Brake System Components

Brake pedal

The most common brake system components include:

  • Brake pads
  • Rotors
  • Calipers
  • Emergency brake parts
  • Drum shoes
  • Drum brake rotors
  • Brake lines
  • Brake boosters
  • Master cylinders

2. Suspension and Steering Components

Suspension components always wear out, on both internal combustion vehicles and EVs alike. So you want to keep a good inventory on the following parts:

  • Shocks
  • Struts
  • Sway bar links
  • Control arms
  • Bushings
  • Ball joints
  • Hydraulic power steering parts
  • Electric power steering parts

3. Interior And Trim Components

Keep ordering the following interior and trim components, because internal combustion vehicles and EVs will need them:

  • Door handles
  • Door panels
  • Turn signal indicators
  • Wiper controls
  • Headlight switches
  • Temperature control switches
  • Radio parts
  • Center console parts
  • Glove box parts
  • Air bags
  • Seat belt parts
  • Dome light bulbs and switches
  • Sun roof controls

4. In-dash Electronics And Infotainment Systems

In-dash electronics and infotainment systems will never go out of style. Be sure to keep an inventory of instrument clusters, screens, and more.

5. Exterior Trim And Body Parts

If you have a body shop, it may be a good idea to have on hand some of the following exterior trim and body parts:

  • Door handles
  • Trunk handles
  • Key locks
  • All major body panels
  • Headlights
  • Fog lights
  • Tail lights
  • Backup cameras
  • Running boards
  • Mud guards
  • Towing accessories

Parts Mechanics May Not Order As Much Anymore

You may see a decrease in demand for parts that are exclusive to internal combustion engines. The decrease will be gradual. Yet, it’s still important to keep a limited inventory of the following parts, especially when EVs start booming in popularity:

1. Fuel System Components

pumping fuel

Obviously, EVs don’t run on fuel. The more popular EVs become, the less drivers will need the following fuel system components:

  • Gas cap
  • Fuel filter
  • Fuel filter
  • Gas tank
  • Fuel pump
  • Fuel sensor gauge
  • Gas lines
  • Fuel filter
  • Fuel injectors

2. Multi-Gear Automatic And Manual Transmissions

Did you know that manual transmissions are being phased out? The demand for automatic transmissions will be on the decline too, as EV sales continue to grow.

3. Gas And Diesel Engine Components

With EVs on the rise, demand for gas and diesel engine components will decrease over the next 5 years:

Gas engine components:

  • Throttle body parts
  • Throttle valves
  • Intake manifolds
  • Rocker arms
  • Air cleaner inlets
  • Valve springs
  • Exhaust valves
  • Exhaust manifolds
  • Push rods
  • Piston rings
  • Valve lifters
  • Camshafts
  • Crankshafts
  • Oil pans
  • Oil pumps
  • Oil intake screen assemblies
  • Starter motors
  • Starter solenoids
  • Connecting rods
  • Wrist pins
  • Pistons
  • Spark plugs
  • Intake valves
  • Rocker rovers
  • Throttle position sensors
  • Air cleaner compartments

Diesel Engine Components:

  • Rocker covers
  • Rocker arms
  • Valve springs
  • Intake valves
  • Fuel injectors
  • Glow plugs
  • Piston rings
  • Pistons
  • Wrist pins
  • Fuel injection pumps
  • Starter solenoids
  • Starter motors
  • Crankshafts
  • Oil pans
  • Oil drain plugs
  • Oil intake screen assemblies
  • Connecting rods
  • Camshafts
  • Valve lifters
  • Turbocharger exhaust outlets
  • Fresh air intakes
  • Pressurized air outlets
  • Turbocharger exhaust inlets
  • Engine exhaust outlets
  • Engine exhaust outlets
  • Pushrods

4. Exhaust System Components

Exhaust parts

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EVs don’t need exhaust systems. Therefore exhaust systems are exclusive to internal combustion engines. Don’t stock up too much on the following exhaust system components:

  • O2 sensors
  • Catalytic convertors
  • Air injection tubes
  • Clamps
  • Mufflers
  • Hangars
  • Connecting pipes
  • Resonators
  • Tailpipes

New Parts That Are Exclusive To EVs

EV battery system

In the next five years, your shop will likely order more and more parts that are exclusive to EVs. Such parts include:

  • Electric motors
  • EV gearboxes
  • Electric motor control systems
  • Battery pack cooling systems
  • Battery charging systems

Be sure to make room on your shelves for these parts!


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