Parts advisors provide guidance on specific parts of automobiles. Almost every auto dealership has a parts advisor, and most chain-style automotive service company hire for this position as well. The important part of a potential employee’s credentials is their knowledge of cars and what makes them work. This type of knowledge is generally learned through many years working on and around cars, so previous experience in the automotive industry is critical. In addition, if applying for a job at a particular brand dealership, strong knowledge of that brand is usually a requirement as well.
In general, most parts advisors have to be 18 years old (in order to meet the requirements of working in the somewhat dangerous environment of an auto mechanic’s shop or dealership), and be a licensed driver. Most employers also require a high school diploma or GED.
Parts advisors work varying shifts, as retail stores and car dealerships are generally open well beyond regular business hours. Work may be part time or full time, depending on the employer’s needs. Work may involve spending time outdoors, inspecting the cars themselves or in a partially enclosed environment such as the mechanic’s bays of a service station. While the work has a considerable mental component, due to the knowledge required and the computerization of most inventory systems, there is also generally a significant physical component as well.
Parts Advisor Tasks
- Monitor and verify the delivery of parts, and conduct an inspection to ensure quality.
- Maintain documentation of requisitions and records of inventory.
- Purchase equipment parts or supplies in order to maintain stock levels.