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The ‘Internet of Things’ drives us into tomorrow That odd, little acronym, “IoT,” that keeps popping up has much to do with the aftermarket’s path, now and into the future. Our industry’s world is changing more today with technology than it ever has in the past at a rate unprecedented as vehicle...
An industry starved for new talent has talent starved for funding I had the honor and privilege to be a scholarship reviewer this spring for the University of the Aftermarket Foundation in a year that saw a 50-percent increase in applicants from 2018. More than 850 applications were received to...
Consumers, lawmakers need to be informed on safety measures Consumer safety and shop liability have had their fair share of headlines lately, and the temperature is being turned up on the industry and policymakers to address the concerns legislatively. According to a recent ASA-sponsored webinar...
The times, they are a changin’, but will we capitalize on them? In the early 1980s, cars went from carburetors to fuel injection and it was widely accepted that the independent aftermarket was finished — vehicles would require dealership service and repair. Independents couldn’t handle them. But as...
Will tariffs continue to paralyze the industry? We’re in swamp of tariffs. Shipping containers are now stacked up, one on top of the other in U.S. ports, as suppliers have hoarded product in anticipation of recent tariffs. I’ve been told they stand so tall that it’s become difficult to access...
Disruptors to traditional independent repairers There are new challenges the traditional aftermarket is competing with — or will be — and the best way to do so is to know they’re coming and be proactive, not reactive. Yoshi is a new car service competing with others that will service a vehicle...
In the aftermath and devastation of the recent California fires, those affected in the industry are slowly rising from the ashes with the help of the aftermarket community. “AACF is working hard to get checks mailed to qualified applicants within three days,” said Joel Ayers, executive director of...
Automotive aftermarket industry analysis — by the numbers It was another successful and busy Industry Week for everyone who attended the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) and Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. The vendors I spoke with said booth traffic was up and new...
At the time of this writing, Hurricane Florence was dumping up to 40 inches of rain, which will eventually flood the market with water-damaged vehicles. Complicating matters, salvage titles, which are often marked with “flood” or “salvage” designations, can also be marked with an inconspicuous...
The first wave of Chinese 25-percent import tariffs landed on the aftermarket’s shores in July. A second was cresting at the time of this writing for August, and another — a third wave — is building offshore for September. What does it all mean? Whether or not the outcome of a trade war with China...

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Parts & People is published monthly by Automotive Counseling and Publishing Company, Inc., a Colorado corporation, P.O. Box 18731 Denver, CO 80203, 303-765-4664. President-Lance Buchner. Founded by Lance Buchner and Dave Lucia.