How to become a motor vehicle parts person

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • applying directly

College

You could take a college course to get some of the skills and knowledge needed for this job. Courses include:

  • Level 1 Certificate in Vehicle Systems Maintenance
  • Level 2 Diploma in Vehicle Fitting Principles
  • Level 2 Extended Certificate in Vehicle Technology

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a level 1 course
  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course

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Direct Application

You may be able to apply for jobs directly if you've got experience in vehicle servicing, retail or stock control. You'll also need good technical knowledge of how vehicles work, car spares and motoring accessories.

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Further information

You can get more advice about working in the motor industry from Autocity.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • active listening skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need a full UK driving licence if you have to make deliveries to customers.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In your day-to-day duties you may:

  • advise customers what parts they might need for their vehicle
  • take orders in person, over the phone or by email
  • check availability of parts on computerised stock records
  • get parts from the storeroom or warehouse or order them from suppliers
  • put orders together
  • send orders by courier or make deliveries yourself
  • deal with payments
  • raise invoices and issue receipts
  • maintain shop window and shelf displays
  • order supplies, put stock away and update records

Working environment

You could work in a warehouse, in a stock room or at a car manufacturing plant.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to a supervisor or service adviser job, or move into the service and repair. 

You may be able to move into self-employment as a parts supplier.

Current opportunities

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