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Suppliers for Equipment Purchasing Experience
Use of Suppliers for Past Equipment Purchases by Number of Bays
Respondents rated how frequently they used traditional suppliers for past equipment purchases. The mean
ratings were based on a 5-point scale, where 1 = infrequently and 5 = very frequently. The chart and table
show the analysis by the number bays respondents reported.
As the frequent suppliers of equipment to repair shops, purchasing equipment from a mobile vendor is
predicated on the shop’s size, as defined by the number of bays it has. According to the survey, mid-sized
shops (four to nine bays) frequently purchased their equipment from mobile vendors, but infrequently from
hardware retailers. Mobile vendors were rated 3.85, compared to hardware retailers (2.13) by mid-sized
shop respondents. 37%
Mobile vendor
Full line parts jobber
Independent equipment supplier/installer
Direct from manufacturer
Catalog
Retail parts store
Warehouse/jobber
Internet seller
Equipment distributor (Myers Tires)
Hardware retailer
1-3
4-9
More than 10
Traditional Suppliers Used for Past Equipment Purchases, 2017
(By Number of Bays)
3.79
3.85
3.73
3.23
3.41
3.45
3.45
3.54
2.83
3.25
3.11
3.31
2.83
2.63
2.77
3.08
2.86
2.72
2.76
2.62
2.52
2.55
2.72
3.69
2.59
2.58
2.60
2.69
2.48
2.50
2.54
2.77
2.34
2.43
2.50
3.08
2.14
2.13
2.17
2.38
All Respondents
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