Different reasons why the Cheap Exhaust Pipes cost more.
Going way back in time I can remember when we used to buy Cheap Exhaust Pipes in bulk quantities. The changes started to happen when car manufacturers became computerized and were able to change car designs and shapes at a much faster pace.
The car models when I first started fitting car Cheap Exhaust Pipes were around for years before they were changed , cars like the Vauxhall Viva (remember the old vivas?), Vauxhall Cavaliers, the Minis of course, the VW beetles were also very common. Because these cars were built in such huge quantities we could buy the Cheap Exhaust Pipes in bulk and pass the savings onto the customers.
After the start up of Kwik-fit many smaller companies like my self started up as Tyre and Exhaust centres and because they were a relatively new concept we enjoyed great success and thrived, with Cheap Exhaust Pipes one of big sellers.
No internet selling exhaust pipes
Of course things changed with the advent of the internet. At first it did not affect us , but the old faithful car models began to decline followed by cars that were built in smaller quantities with different designs and engine sizes within the same car models. This meant different exhaust fitted to the same models, for example the same car may have a 1.1 or a 2.0 litre engine requiring a different exhaust system to be fitted. This change made it
difficult to keep a large stock of exhausts at Cheap Exhaust Pipes prices, because of the vastness of the stock we would require.
Enter the Exhaust wholesaler.
This brought a string of large exhaust wholesalers selling Cheap Exhaust Pipes to the fast fit centres and regular garages. Here in Halifax we had five companies who were wholesaling exhausts and this meant that another string of costs were added to the price of an exhaust pipe to the general pubic and therefore a rise in cost.
Also better manufacturing methods made the exhaust pipes last longer
As time went by Cheap Exhaust Pipes were not as important to us fast-fit centres and we went onto other things such as servicing and MOT testing, also car batteries became a more important of our business, although we still fit exhausts, but nowadays they are better made and last much longer than they used to last, but better quality means that the motorists get a better deal with a better product, but at a much higher price.
This post was written by Eric Roberts a member of Point-S