According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for motor vehicle parts and equipment were 48.96% higher in 2018 versus 1985.
Between 1985 and 2018: Car parts experienced an average inflation rate of 1.21% per year. In other words, car parts costing $500 in the year 1985 would cost $744.82 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.58% during this same period, inflation for car parts was lower.
In the year 1985: Pricing changed by 0.31%, below the average yearly change for car parts during the 1985-2018 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1985 (3.55%), price inflation for car parts was much lower.
Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Motor vehicle parts and equipment: