UAW strike against GM beginning to affect parts supply

While little progress is being made between the UAW and GM, auto repair shops in Fort Wayne are starting to see the trickle down affects of the strike.

Posted: Sep 24, 2019 9:38 PM
Updated: Sep 25, 2019 1:42 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The United Auto Workers strike against General Motors is reaching day 10.

While little progress is being made, auto repair shops in Fort Wayne are starting to see the trickle down affects of the strike.

"Because not only are the employees on strike at the factories, but it's also the distribution centers," said Mitch Reinholt, the president of North Wells Service Center.

Reinholt said he uses mostly after market parts.


When he does need parts from the factory, it's taking him a little longer to get them.

"It can go two weeks or two months. When it happens it will be over. But it will take everyone awhile to get their supply back up where it was at," he said.

Routine maintenance on your vehicle should not be a problem right now. The issue might be when you get into some more serious issues such as a sensor that's gone out.

"There are a lot of other sources, they can get those parts and still continue to keep your vehicle running," said Rhonda Andrews Woodruff, service writer at Fox and Fox downtown.

Andrews Woodruff said suppliers were warning her about a potential strike so she ordered extra parts.

"We are having to look a lot more for alternative sources. Body shop jobs usually take longer anyway," she said.

As the strike drags on, supplies will become harder to come by.

Reinholt said the biggest thing customers should expect to see is longer repair times.

"If it something that is a special order item, that's where it may go into a little extra time," he said.

Reinholt added there are still ways to keep your vehicle safe until the strike ends and they can get the necessary parts.

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