According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for motor vehicle parts and equipment were 30.13% lower in 1989 versus 2017.
Between 1989 and 2017: Car parts experienced an average inflation rate of 1.29% per year. In other words, car parts costing $500 in the year 1989 would cost $715.58 in 2017 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.46% during this same period, car parts inflation was lower.
In the year 1989: Pricing changed by 2.34%, above the average yearly change for car parts during the 1989-2017 time period. Compared to overall inflation for all items in 1989 (4.60%), 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: