According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for motor vehicle parts and equipment were 3.73% lower in 2018 versus 2012.
Between 2012 and 2018: Car parts experienced an average inflation rate of -0.63% per year. In other words, car parts costing $500 in the year 2012 would cost $481.37 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.41% during this same period, inflation for car parts was lower.
In the year 2012: Pricing changed by 3.23%, significantly above the average yearly change for car parts during the 2012-2018 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2012 (2.07%), price inflation for car parts was higher.
Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Motor vehicle parts and equipment: