The pandemic continued to negatively affect automotive after-sales services in the first quarter of the year as well. Evaluating the first three months of 2021, TOSEF All Auto Services Federation drew attention to the fact that service entries in January and February decreased by 30 percent on average compared to January and February 2020, when the pandemic effect was not yet experienced. The biggest factor in this decrease was the delay of maintenance and repair processes by vehicle owners working on weekdays due to weekend restrictions. On the other hand, in March, when restrictions were relaxed, auto service entries gained significant momentum by reaching the March 2019 averages. Despite an average loss of 23 percent in the first three months on a turnover basis, it was stated that there was a 35 percent increase in foreign currency indexed paints and consumables, which are the most important expense items.
Hopes in the industry are in the third quarter
TOSEF President Ünal Ünaldı stated that the weekend has a critical importance for auto services, and said, “There was a noticeable movement in March, when weekend restrictions were relaxed, proving this again. However, we are not hopeful about the second quarter of the year with the increase in the number of cases and restrictions coming back into our lives. Auto services suffered serious losses in this period.In 2019, the turnover of an auto service with an average monthly turnover of 100 thousand TL decreased to 77 thousand TL. The average expense of 80 thousand TL was 96 thousand TL, while expenses increased, revenues decreased. A profitable service turned into a loss of TL 20 thousand. It seems that this situation will continue in the second quarter. The data for the first two weeks of April are in this direction. Considering the holidays and closures, it may be even more difficult than the first quarter. we do.” said.