UK spends more on car parts online than groceries

Published:  26 June, 2017

Last year, UK consumers bought a higher percentage of automotive parts, accessories and services online than they did cosmetics and groceries according to research commissioned by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) from independent consultancy Frost & Sullivan.

Together they spent £920m on items such as tyres, brakes and batteries, and by 2022 this is forecast to rise by more than three quarters to £1.65bn.

In 2016, UK motorists increased their annual spending on car maintenance by 1.7% to an average of £707. This was due, in part, to the replacement of more high tech components, which require new skills and equipment to fit. While tyres, lubricants and filters are still the most commonly replaced items, demand is rising fastest for telematics devices and tyre pressure monitoring sensors.

In 2016, the UK aftermarket grew its contribution to the economy by 2.5% to £12.5bn and created 1,400 new jobs. The total number of livelihoods supported by the sector now stands at some 347,000 – more than the population of Coventry. By 2022 the UK automotive aftermarket is projected to be worth £28 billion, with an employee base of 400,000.

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