Since 2015, the relevant national departments have successively issued policies and launched a series of new policies to change the long-standing current situation of high prices and opaque pricing of automotive plastic injection moulds in the automotive after-sales industry, trying to break the market pattern of spare parts dominated by OEMs.
Antitrust forces OEMs to cut prices
Qiu Baochang, head of the lawyer group of the China Consumers Association, believes that many dealers' spare parts prices remain high at present. Because manufacturers monopolize the supply of spare parts, dealers have no right to speak. Some spare parts originally cost only 50 yuan for a single replacement, but manufacturers require consumers to replace them in groups, and the price is as high as 500 yuan. This replacement model has led to manufacturers' monopoly on the price of spare parts.
As early as 2014, the National Development and Reform Commission investigated the monopoly phenomenon in the automobile industry, and interviewed many car companies, confirming that some car companies are suspected of monopolistic behaviors such as horizontal restrictions, vertical restrictions, and abuse of market dominance. At the same time, luxury brands took the initiative to announce significant reductions in original spare parts prices.
Previously, Mercedes-Benz had voluntarily lowered the maintenance menu, with an average price adjustment of 20%; all vulnerable parts of Volvo's vehicles enjoy a 24-month warranty service after replacement, and all use original parts, basic maintenance costs, and wearing parts replacement costs also downgraded.
Although the OEMs have taken the initiative to reduce the prices of some models, the zero-to-integration ratio is still not low. It is generally believed in the industry that the international ratio is usually 3:1. Based on this, it is speculated that dealers have the opportunity to purchase and sell high-quality and low-cost spare parts, and the price of after-sales parts will also be reduced accordingly.