“I am sick of distributors who just do not have it!” Those were the words of a locksmith who called ASP after several futile attempts to obtain one of our automotive lock parts. We can certainly understand his frustration, and other locksmiths are undoubtedly experiencing the same problems. So...
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If you need a part number rated A, B, or Y, it will most likely be in stock at an ASP Supermarket. Some ASP Supermarkets also have a selection of C, H, Z, and other lower rated items, and any such items not in stock can be special ordered for immediate shipment from the ASP main warehouse (subject to availability at the time of ordering).
Through the years the number of different parts required to service the popular models of cars on the road has steadily increased. For example all American Ford vehicles from 1952-69 could be serviced by three different ignition locks. From 1970 to present there are almost 20 different designs of ignition locks used by Ford. Some car manufacturers are now using completely different locks for every model vehicle that they produce.
As the number of different parts in use increases, the quantity of vehicles using each individual part decreases, creating smaller sales volume potential for each part. This creates a difficult situation for distribution, with many different low volume items required to serve the entire market. Distributors who have committed to become ASP Supermarkets understand and accept that this is part of the market. Your support of these distributors is important to making it worthwhile for these distributors to continue to fill this important place in the locksmith supply market.
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