Maybe you already have your own auto shop selling parts, have been running it successfully for years, and if you just had an online store you could sell even more parts. So how do you go about the business of setting up this online store and get parts from Keystone to Shopify?
Maybe you’ve heard that auto parts dropshipping is the way to go. And it is a super easy way to start! As the market leader ecommerce platform, Shopify is a popular option. Just set up (or pay someone to set up) your website, pick your dropship suppliers, and away you go. And dropshipping means that you don’t have to carry inventory; instead you can just connect your store to the supplier or suppliers of choice, list the items you want available in your store, and when customers choose those items, the system will automatically handle the purchase and sale of those items, and have them shipped to your customer.
What could be easier? Nothing! Right?
But then after you get started you find out that there are, ahem, a few questions that need to be answered.
Like, how do you set your prices to be competitive, maybe even responsive to market trends? (Hint: check our blog posts on dynamic pricing and Three things you need to get right when selling aftermarket parts online).
Which suppliers do you choose? The ones with the lowest prices, so you can earn a higher profit margin, or do you go for the higher-quality parts that come with snazzy-looking images plus all the other data bells and whistles that make your store look good? We think that to compete successfully in the online auto parts business, you need a supplier that can provide you with all of the above: a) an extensive catalog b) great logistics and fulfillment c) excellent customer service and sales support. We like Keystone because, in our experience with our own customers, we can confidently report that they score high in all these areas.
Once you have your supplier and parts picked out, how do you get all those parts loaded into your store, and ensure that your data is accurate, up-to-date and appealing to your customers? This is our process in a nutshell.
Why our customers love Shopify:
Widely considered to be the best ecommerce platform on the market today
Provides everything you need to start
"Buy" button lets you embed any product
Supports 100+ payment systems
We can help you get set up on Magento, eBay Motors, 3DCart, WooCommerce, BigCommerce, … or just about any other platform you’d like to use. Check out some of these other options we support.
We connect all of the major wholesale distributors – Keystone, Hanson, Motor State, NPW, Parts Authority, Transamerican, and others. We can also set up smaller Excel-based brands for you. Just ask if you don’t see the one you want in this list.