Now that Kia is owned by Hyundai, the two California-based American distributors have reached an agreement to share parts distribution facilities that is expected to improve their ability to supply parts to customers quickly.

Under the terms of the agreement, Kia will begin using Hyundai's Aurora, Illinois, parts distribution centre (PDC) on April 2 to supply 126 dealerships in several Midwestern states.

At the same time, Hyundai will start using Kia's parts distribution centre in Atlanta. That facility will supply parts to 102 Hyundai dealers throughout the Southeast.

The joint agreement will allow both Kia and Hyundai to provide parts to its dealer service operations and consumers faster, while simultaneously reducing overhead costs, freight and shipping expenses.

Kia and Hyundai dealers will experience no change in their ordering, inventory and invoicing procedures and Kia and Hyundai parts will be stocked separately within the PDCs.

Currently, Kia services its more than 600 dealers from PDCs in Chino, California, Allentown, Pennsylvania and Atlanta.

Hyundai's PDC network services its national dealer network from facilities in Aurora, Illinois, Jamesburg, New Jersey and Ontario, California.

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