Illinois Shops Navigate Engine, Transmission Shortages

July 13, 2022

Major parts delays are causing long wait times and, in some cases, price increases. 

July 13, 2022—Repair shops in the Quincy, Illinois, area are voicing frustration over supply delays that are now impacting access to major car parts.

According to WGEM, shops are waiting many months for engines and transmissions. Erich Elligsen of Erich Elligsen Automotive has opted to rebuild some customer transmissions in lieu of long wait times. 

However, he noted in the article that this solution is not sustainable because it can take many hours to rebuild a transmission, which takes time away from other repairs. 

It's not just the supply chain that is causing issues, either. The delays are causing prices to go up. Jason Nichols, parts manager at Shottenkirk Chevrolet, explained in the article that an engine price could go from $5,000 to $5,200 when the part is paid to get to the facility in timely fashion. 

All of this hardships are also compounded with the ongoing labor shortage felt throughout the automotive industry. 

About the Author

Ratchet+Wrench Staff Reporters

The Ratchet+Wrench staff reporters have a combined two-plus decades of journalism and mechanical repair experience.

Sponsored Recommendations

Find the right shop management system to boost your efficiency

Find the right shop management system to aid in efficient scheduling, communication and payment processing

Craft a strategic marketing plan

Develop strategies and communicate them to your staff to keep you on track

Establish and track your KPIs: Technician Productivity

WHAT IT IS: Technician productivity refers to the time a technician is available to work measured against the actual time spent working on positive cash flow repair orders. Tracking...

Empower your technicians with the right tools for efficient repairs

Foster a highly motivated and efficient team to get vehicles out the door faster