How to become a Car Accessories Retailer

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: August 2017
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Car accessories retailers supply a wide range of parts and interior and exterior accessories, including roof bars, wheel trims, wiper blades, wing mirrors, light bulbs and basic parts, along with car care products such as shampoo, polish, motor oil and screenwash. Many retailers also provide a fitting service for accessories such as windscreen wipers and children's car seats.

Independent car accessories retailers face increasing competition from online retailers, supermarkets and national chains such as Halfords and Euro Car Parts.

Some car accessories retailers also supply motorcycle accessories. However, this is covered separately in MBP313, Motorcycle Accessories Shop.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a car accessories retailer. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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