Aftermarket Business

National Pronto Association
National Pronto Association added Cal-State Auto Parts Inc. to its membership. Cal-State operates 11 locations that serve the Southern California, Las Vegas, Salem, Ore., and Portland, Ore., markets.
Transtar Industries
Transtar Industries, owner of automotive aftermarket brands including Transtar, Transtar Autobody Technologies, King-O-Matic, Axiom and Nickels Performance, named David Haynes Vice President, U.S. Domestic Distribution. 
Paul Baffico
It was not until after Paul Baffico, the onetime president of Sears Automotive Group and CEO of Western Auto, retired that he began to process his Vietnam War experience, which ultimately led him into a second career of giving back to other vete
Mark Algie, 3M
More than 6,000 standout students – all of them state contest winners – gathered in Kansas City this summer to compete in the SkillsUSA National Championships as they prepare for careers in the automotive industry.
Mel Craig, The Detailing Pros
Providing automotive detailing can be a lucrative service if the proper education, equipment, materials and business expertise is applied to the venture.
Uni-Select Inc. reported continued sales, EBITDA and net earnings growth, along with improved profitability for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014.
Trico Products
Trico Products Corporation announced the signing of a definitive agreement under which Crowne Group LLC will acquire the company from funds managed by Kohlberg & Company, LLC. 
State inspection and maintenance programs (I/M), which generate significant demand for aftermarket parts, are one of the tools the EPA will use to reduce ozone levels in the environment when it issues a proposed rule in December.
Maryann Keller & Associates
With Tesla lobbying to sidestep the franchise dealership model in place in most states, NADA commissioned a report defending the franchise model, while outlining drawbacks of previous direct-sales efforts by OEMs.
The average age of vehicles on the road is still hovering just below 12 years, although the rate of aging of the fleet is slowing down, says a new report from IHS Automotive.

Special Reports

Auto service franchises report that auto part quality, not price, is the number 1 need of their customers, according to the Aftermarket Business World 2014 Auto Service Franchise Study.