VIP Sells Parts Side of Business to O’Reilly

By Kaileigh Deacon 

 

VIP Parts, Tire, and Service is undergoing some major changes over the next several months. As of January first VIP no longer will be responsible for selling auto parts. They have sold that portion of their business to O’Reilly Auto Parts. 

This is a chain wide change with all VIP Parts stores becoming O’Reilly. VIP, however, is still going to operate their tire and service business and in Calais like in many locations under the same roof as O’Reilly Auto Parts. 

According to Calais general manager Chris Hatch big changes are coming to the store. Before the change over VIP had intended an expansion of the work bays from 3 to six adding to the amount of work they can take on. Where this will be a separate entity now, Hatch says he believes the plans for the bay expansion are still on slate to continue. 

With the introduction of the O’Reilly business there will be changes on the parts side as well. According to Hatch within the next several months O’Reilly will come in and remodel the store. The services of O’Reilly’s will increase over what VIP offered. “Our inventory should increase four times over what we offered as VIP,” Hatch said. They will also be able to get what parts they don’t have in a more timely fashion according to Hatch. 

They will also branch out into delivering parts rather than just selling them in store. They will offer delivery of parts to garages and businesses.

While the two businesses will still be under the same roof they will each maintain their own independence with separate staff and names. According to Hatch customers have been worried about parts they bought with VIP that had warranties. “We will still honor warranties on VIP parts,” Hatch assures customers. 

While smaller changes are already in the works and the members of the parts section of VIP are already employees of O’Reilly Auto Parts, the major changes will start to happen within the next several months. The O’Reilly name won’t appear until the conversion is complete and operating to O’Reilly standards, Hatch explained.