According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for motor vehicle parts and equipment were 49.73% higher in 2018 versus 1986.
Between 1986 and 2018: Car parts experienced an average inflation rate of 1.27% per year. In other words, car parts costing $500 in the year 1986 would cost $748.66 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.60% during this same period, inflation for car parts was lower.
In the year 1986: Pricing changed by -0.51%, below the average yearly change for car parts during the 1986-2018 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1986 (1.90%), price inflation for car parts was lower.
Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Motor vehicle parts and equipment: