How many of us either are currently, or have been parts people? I work in a Ford parts department in a fairly large dealer group in the Midwest. (We have 23 stores between Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and one in NY. I started in a autoparts discount chain store in 1992, got my first dealership parts job in 1996 at a GM/Mazda dealer. In my opinion, this business has gone downhill in the last 10 years. It used to be fun, now its just a mess. Am I alone?