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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’...
“Think globally, act locally” was first used to urge people to consider the health of the planet and to take action in their own communities and cities. It should now also be a call to action for the aftermarket community to ensure its “ecosystem” throughout all channels remains healthy, vibrant...
Vehicle technician shortage more acute than previously perceived      It’s not news that there is a current and impending shortage of qualified vehicle technicians. However, it is news that the demand may be three times greater than the consensus industry view.      TechForce Foundation, has...
AV START Act accelerates the deployment of autonomous vehicles      Twenty-first century technologies require twenty-first century regulations. Recently, Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced the American Vision for Safer Transportation through Advancement of Revolutionary...
Exploring and preparing for changes ahead at CARS@AAPEX      Shop owners have an opportunity to put some context to all the discussion and concern regarding advanced technology and its effects on all aspects of the independent vehicle service business model.      The Automotive Service Association...
Addressing industry challenges and opportunities at AAPEX As technology changes surge throughout the automotive parts and service industry, individual business owners and managers are increasingly coming to terms with the challenges and opportunities emerging. It’s daunting. Notable concerns...
Time has come to develop structure to attract, train, and retain the next generation of talent There is a growing consensus that the industry needs to improve how it attracts and develops talent, especially as it regards service technicians. For several years, we have followed the inception and...
Publisher’s Note: The most recent “Message from ETI Executive Manager Greg Potter” encapsulates some of the challenges facing the aftermarket collision repair industry as vehicles advance in technology and Advanced Driver Assist Systems evolve and enter the mainstream in today’s cars. As there are...

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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.

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