For any do-it-yourself car mechanic or car owner who wants to take better care of his vehicle, AutoZone has been an automotive part supply staple for decades. From spark plugs to repair tools and hubcaps to disc brake system replacements, not to mention every air and oil filter in between, AutoZone provides retail and commercial automotive stock supply for most makes and models of vehicles available in the U.S.
AutoZone began has a basic U.S.-based parts supplier for mechanic shops in 1979 and has since expanded into Mexico and Puerto Rico. The store chain stocks a full inventory of generic maintenance products as well as vehicle model- and brand-specific parts. These include engine, transmission, suspension, interior and exterior parts and consumables. Much of the part inventory is catalog-sorted and can be searched on AutoZone's website by name or part number. However, AutoZone staff are also trained to help customers by phone simply by taking a description of the part, car model, brand and year.
In addition to car parts, AutoZone stores also carry all the necessary consumable parts. This includes plugs, o-rings, gaskets, sealants, buffers and maintenance supplies such as engine and transmission oils, brake fluid, anti-freeze and more.
Additionally, the company website offers both brand name replacement parts as well as its own generic, quality parts that can be used as substitutes for more expensive options. This gives the customer a choice to go with original manufacturer parts or quality aftermarket parts that can save money.
On the commercial side, AutoZone also services other automotive repair businesses with direct part delivery to local business as a consolidated part supplier via its website. This saves mechanic shops from having to source from specific brands to find the right parts for different cars. Instead, they can just go to AutoZone via its website and cover multiple brands, models and car types in one supplier location. Next-day shipping is often possible, given the number of regional warehouses AutoZone utilizes across the U.S. to deliver parts.
Every mechanic shop worth its salt also needs repair information, particularly on new car models and recalls from manufacturers. AutoZone provides related information products via access to ALLDATA repair and diagnostic reports. These reports are car model-, year-, and brand-specific, detailing out the typical problems specific models have and how the repairs should be initiated. ALLDATA cuts down the guesswork on car repair and allows mechanic shops to be more efficient and productive with targeted repairs.
AutoZone will clearly continue to leverage the Internet with its website and product offering of a wide range of automotive parts for car repair, continuing to find ways to make easier for consumers and businesses to find what they need.