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Trump’s Tariffs Will Make Fixing Your Car More Expensive

  • Duties on China imports ripple through auto-parts supply chain
  • Tariffs on aluminum, steel are adding to rising metals costs
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How the Latest Round of Tariffs Could Affect Consumers

Hopkins Manufacturing Corp. may shift its China supplier network to factories in Taiwan. Multi Parts has stopped hiring new employees. AutoZone Inc. and O’Reilly Automotive Inc. plan to raise prices.

Businesses in the replacement auto-parts industry -- from component makers to local mechanic shops -- are scrambling to cope with President Donald Trump’s tariffs on imported Chinese materials and goods. Steep levies have already boosted costs of some products made with steel and aluminum, and more duties could affect hundreds of other items these companies develop, make and sell -- including tires and rear-view mirrors, windshields and windshield wipers.