Honduras - Country Commercial Guide
Automotive Aftermarket
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The outlook for the automotive aftermarket sector is good. As the economy impacts new car purchases, an aging car population continues to fuel demand for automotive aftermarket parts and accessories in Honduras. An estimated 70 percent of the total vehicle population, registered at over 2.5 million units in 2022, is at least five years old and in need of repair. The number of motorized vehicles is predicted to double in five years’ time and the distances traveled should also increase due to an accelerated urban expansion. Growing consumer awareness over the importance of scheduled servicing and preventive maintenance is also influencing the market.

Out of the total number of vehicles circulating in Honduras in 2021, an estimated 35 percent are motorcycles, followed by pick-up trucks (23%); light duty passenger vehicles (23%): SUVs (7%); trucks (4%); buses (4%); heavy-duty vehicles (3%); other categories (1%). The introduction of U.S. manufactured vehicles has also increased significantly over recent years, providing greater opportunities for American exporters. Honduras has some local production of automotive parts and accessories in the northern industrial capital near San Pedro Sula. The United States is one of the major suppliers in this sector, along with Japan, Taiwan, Korea, China, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

There are more than 300 retailers of automotive parts and accessories in Honduras who buy directly from overseas or through local distributors. Major auto repair industry segments include service stations, specialty repair shops, auto parts stores, vehicle dealers and independent garages. Japanese cars and light trucks dominate the market, but parts are often purchased through the United States. With the elimination of import tariffs based on engine size, American-made pickups, SUVs, heavy trucks, and buses have stronger shares of the local market. There are several major U.S. automotive brand dealers present in the Honduran market.

 Automotive Aftermarket Market Size (million USD)

 Table: Automotive Aftermarket Market Size (million USD)
 2020202120222022 estimated
Total Local Productionn/an/an/a n/a
Total Exportsn/an/an/a n/a
Total Imports209.4347.5399.0 458.0
Imports from the US66.5111.4127.0 140.0
Total Market Size209.4347.5399.0 458.0
Exchange Rates 24.73 24.25 24.6824.57

 Units: $ millions
 Source: UN Comtrade Database

Leading Sub-Sectors

Overall, most auto care products and service equipment are expected to offer good sales opportunities in the Honduran market, including:

  • All types of engine spare parts
  • Chemicals, motor oils and additives
  • Tools and equipment
  • Tires and wheels
  • Safety equipment
  • Car care and cleaning
  • Undercar and under hood products
  • Electrical and brake system components
  • Transmission and suspension parts
  • Bumpers, spoilers, and taillights
  • Mobile electronics, alarms, and sound systems
  • Repair shop, paint, tools, and equipment
  • A/C Repair; refrigerants
  • Emission control services
  • Alignments, diagnostics, spark plugs


U.S. exports of automotive parts, service equipment, and accessories benefit from tariff reductions under the CAFTA-DR trade agreement. Used automobiles and mass transit passenger motor vehicles no more than 10 and 13 years old, respectively, may be imported. Major trends in the automotive aftermarket sector in Honduras include increasing car ownership due to rapid urbanization, an emerging delivery market, and an overall rising average vehicle age. Light personal vehicles are also likely to be the preferred domestic travel option instead of commercial or public transportation, due to security concerns, the reliability of transit companies, and as consumers recover from social distancing measures.

Automotive aftermarket businesses are re-visiting their business models and tracking worldwide emerging trends, such as e-commerce sales and the Do-it-Yourself market. In the context of prevalent climate change and energy challenges, Honduras is also starting to analyze its regulatory framework for electric mobility. In addition, the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), supports sustainable urban mobility initiatives in the region, such as projects to replace fleets of cars and buses with electric vehicles, among others.


Honduran Association of Automotive Dealers and Distributors of Automotive Parts & Accessories (AHDIVA): https://www.ahdiva.org/

Central American Bank for Economic Integration: https://www.bcie.org

Trade Events: SEMA/AAPEX  to be held October 31 to November 3, 2023, Las Vegas, NV

U.S. Commercial Service Contact:

Name:              Rossana Lobo       

Position:          Senior Commercial Specialist

Email:              Rossana.Lobo@trade.gov