According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for motor vehicle parts and equipment were 37.71% higher in 2018 versus 1982.
Between 1982 and 2018: Car parts experienced an average inflation rate of 0.89% per year. In other words, car parts costing $500 in the year 1982 would cost $688.53 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.66% during this same period, inflation for car parts was lower.
In the year 1982: Pricing changed by 2.52%, above the average yearly change for car parts during the 1982-2018 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1982 (6.13%), 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: