How to Open an Auto Parts Store

     The auto parts retail industry enjoys resilience even during times of economic downturn. "As Americans buy fewer new cars, they are spending more to maintain existing vehicles." However. reports that the auto parts industry is highly concentrated in that the 50 largest companies generate about half of the industry's total revenue. Before you open an auto parts store, you must conduct thorough research of your market. 
    Step 1    Pick a location. As an auto parts retailer, location is important for the viability of your business. Determine the saturation of auto parts stores in and around your prospective area of business. Research the nature of your potential buyers as well as their purchasing power. Your town's  zoning commission can provide you with information on the latest mapping of your store location and the surrounding areas. 


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    Step 2    Obtain the appropriate business license and permits. States have varying rules and regulations pertaining to business licensing, permits issuance and business registration. Generally, you must register your business and obtain a general business license. Because you are going to sell auto parts , you must file for a sales tax registration as well. If you are going to sell DFM auto parts , you might need to obtain a separate license, depending on your business location. For example, in Sacramento, California, and in Georgia, used auto parts retailers need a special business license and a  used motor vehicle parts license, respectively. To find out which government agency processes registration and issues licenses and permits in your state, go to, click the "Starting & Managing a Business" pull-down menu and click "Search for Business Licenses and Permits." Your state business licensing agency should direct you to the appropriate agency for auto parts retailers in your locale. 
     Step 3    Hire cashiers and sales staff. The number you will need depends on the size of your store. Your sales staff must be familiar with, if not experts in, auto parts and the mechanics of auto parts production . It helps if they have training in the repair and maintenance of vehicles.