Trades & Services

Automotive Parts Person

Automotive parts persons sell automotive spares, replacement parts and accessories in repair shops or retail stores.

  • Entry-level education

    Apprenticeship or traineeship

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does an Automotive Parts Person do?

Automotive parts persons sell automotive spares, replacement parts and accessories in repair shops or retail stores.


Work activities

As an automotive parts person, you would:

  • talk to customers to find out what parts or accessories they might need for their vehicle
  • take orders in person, over the phone and via email
  • locate the necessary parts using computerised stock records or catalogues
  • order parts from the storeroom, warehouse or from suppliers
  • create invoices and take payments
  • collect, pack and dispatch ordered parts
  • set up shop window and merchandise displays
  • order supplies and update records.

Key skills and interests

To become a motor vehicle parts person, you would need:

  • knowledge of motor vehicle parts and accessories
  • good technical understanding of how motor vehicles work
  • the ability to explain technical details clearly in non-technical language
  • excellent communication skills
  • good customer service skills
  • computer skills
  • an organised approach and good administrative skills.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

In a full-time role, you would usually work a standard number of hours per week. If you work in a retail store, you may need to work weekends.


You might work in a variety of settings, from retail outlets to warehouses attached to service centres and dealerships.

A drivers' licence would be an advantage.


How to become an Automotive Parts Person?

Entry Level Education

To become an Automotive Parts Interpreter you usually have to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship in Automotive Sales. Employers generally require junior secondary school certificate or equivalent.

Depending on the State in which you live, you may need to be registered, hold a form of motor trader or motor dealer licence, or work under someone who holds the appropriate licence.


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Job opportunities for automotive parts persons depend on trends in car use and ownership.

As motor vehicle ownership increases, there are likely to be more opportunities available. However, some consumers may choose to upgrade their vehicles rather than continue to rely on replacement parts, and this may temper the available number of opportunities.


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