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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...
No aftermarket segment is immune to the lack of qualified technicians and the wave of increasingly advanced vehicles. Many fleets are closing their in-house repair facilities due to a shortage of technicians, new technology challenges, and the cost of doing the repair. Finding an alternative to...
Interesting times, indeed. President Trump is considering raising U.S. duties to 25 percent on all imports of automobiles — and auto parts. This is in addition to steel and aluminum tariffs. As a result, U.S. automakers and parts manufacturers will suffer. And so will the supply chain. “Tariffs can...
Most folks will tell you that going to a repair shop doesn’t top their list of how they would like to spend their time, or their money. Who leaps out of bed in the morning with fevered anticipation of having their vehicle worked on? It’s like going to the dentist, sitting in the chair while they...
With the arrival of spring comes change and new seasons of baseball, car club cruises, swap meets, sunburns and sun-bleached smiles. For us, at Parts & People, it also brings a reorganization of our internal company structure, designed to bring the best to serve our readers and partners. Most...
There’s enough of the pie to go around for everyone Can’t we all just get along? It’s in the best interests of the independent aftermarket and the OEMs that we do. Three national industry associations have again requested exemptions in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that would protect...
“I just wanted to convey to The Aftermarket Foundation how truly grateful I am. The increase will help me pay my bills and will make my situation better. In these difficult economic times I feel truly blessed and I’m very grateful.” What can you do for someone in the aftermarket who has lost their...
The wolves are moving from the yard to the front porch As new car sales begin to slow and level off, dealerships are searching for more revenue streams, and guess where they’re looking? NADA Chief Economist Steven Szakaly reported that dealers are concentrating on service and repair and that they’...

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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.