It’s business as usual at Bodyline Auto Recyclers in Hamilton, Ontario. As the facility acclimated with the changing times and trends, their foresight and strong industry relationships paid off in droves. One of the most trending topics in the industry, says Dave McDonald, who owns Bodyline with his wife Kathy, has been the exchange of information between industry members. Supply for dealer, OEM and aftermarket parts is not what it used to be, with customers getting desperate in the search for correct parts. Right now, cost isn’t the customer’s concern—it’s whether the required part can even be acquired. Recyclers have taken note and are doing their part to aid the backlogs.
“As recyclers, we all work together to supply quality parts to the customer. If someone across the province needs a specific part and we do have it, we’re not going to hold claim over it. We want to do what’s best for any customer. “Our network is better than ever. Sharing the business among the shops and dealers with other recyclers and selling each other’s supply, it’s all worked out very well. Everyone knows when they can expect their parts to arrive and it’s much easier to schedule deliveries to customers. Plus, it’s cheaper to ship parts back-and-forth between recyclers quickly.”
With a greater demand for used parts, McDonald says Bodyline is selling parts it normally would pass over—parts that customers would prefer to buy new over second-hand.
“Even dealers are looking to use far more than before, looking for the parts they can’t get due to supply chain issues. Not to mention that customers are fixing their older cars instead of trading them in for new.”
In the 2022 edition of Canadian Auto Recyclers, McDonald wondered if the DIY craze spurred by the pandemic would die down as times returned to normal. But that hasn’t been the case—Bodyline has been as busy as ever. “The DIYers are going strong. Our office is packed with people on a daily basis!”
BODYLINE AUTO RECYCLERS
3 Birmingham St