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Welcome to Subaru News, Suburb Service’s monthly blog! Subaru News is meant to educate, entertain, and engage you in monthly musings on such topics as auto mechanics, Subarus, travel, auto repair, and driving and living in the Lake Forest Park and Shoreline area. Our blogs are released on the first day of each month!

Why Your Trip to the Auto Repair Shop Should Happen Sooner than Later

Have you been delaying your car repair? Thinking about waiting on that oil change or maintenance service for another time? It might be time to reconsider. As the coronavirus continues to affect the lives of people in Seattle and across the world, industries and supply chains are starting to suffer. Car repair shops are among them-and repair parts may soon become scarce.

Why You Should Visit Your Auto Repair Shop ASAP

Auto Repair Parts Could Possibly Become Scarce

Wondering why you need to schedule your repair appointment now...during a global pandemic? Auto industry experts are warning that the coronavirus (COVID-19) may soon have an effect on the availability of auto parts needed for repairs.

While the Center for Automotive Research notes that most auto parts are still produced domestically, China, Mexico, and Canada do provide dealers and repair shops with some parts needed to make repairs. From 2010 to 2018, U.S. parts imports from China tripled; and this reliance can create disruption in supply chains when global issues arise. In light of coronavirus, experts worry that as the pandemic spreads, supply chains may feel the ripple.

Jenni Newman, Editor-in-Chief at, has been quoted in relation to COVID-19 as saying: "if you were thinking about doing a repair to your car...perhaps it's time to move that to the top of your list".

Backlog of Service Requests

Many customers may be waiting until the pandemic ends to schedule their next service, but if you're looking to make a needed repair, you might want to hop on it now. According to Jenni Newman, Editor-in-Chief at, "if you were thinking about doing a repair to your car...perhaps it's time to move that to the top of your list".

Why? As non-essential businesses begin to reopen and locals get back out, auto repair and service shops may see an influx of customers. For you, this can mean long wait times, backordered parts, and delays in service requests.

Auto Repair Shops Have Taken Precautions

If you need a repair on your Subaru, you're still allowed to schedule an appointment, as auto care is an essential need. Most repair shops are taking precautions to keep customers and staff healthy while performing regular services-so you shouldn't worry about your wellbeing as long as you follow the procedures and listen to local guidelines. If you're a Suburb Service customer near Seattle, we are OPEN and ready to serve you. You can read more here about how we are working to keep each and every customer safe from COVID-19.

Suburb Service: How We're Taking Care of our Seattle Customers During COVID-19

Even during these trying times, the team at Suburb Service is doing everything possible to continue offering service for your Subaru. To learn more about how Suburb Service is keeping you (and your Subaru!) safe during COVID-19, visit our notice page. To make a maintenance appointment or to schedule a repair service, contact us today. Show your Subaru some love.