Aftermarket Business

I had worked several months to help modernize our county’s auto tech program only to learn the decision makers of our local education system were willing to let the program die.
Diesel vehicles by state
Today’s clean diesel technologies are steadily gaining purchasing horsepower among American automotive buyers in a trend that signals sales opportunities for aftermarket businesses serving this segment.
Allen Schaeffer
Among passenger vehicle registrations, diesels currently account for more than 7 million vehicles in the U.S. while hybrids amount to 2.8 million. Diesels represent 10.6 percent of all pickup truck registrations.
Epicor Software Corporation has added several new features, including an enhanced repair shop customer quoting capability, to the Epicor Parts Network B2B eStore.
Matthew Weiss
The TRW Automotive Aftermarket division appointed Matthew Weiss as division controller for TRW Parts & Service, North America.
The challenge is that sometimes great customers who pay their bills will get sideways with your accounting department over a transaction and in a single contact your relationship can be undermined, even if you step in and resolve it.
Paul Gentilini
Gentilini Motors, a Woodbine, N.J.-based family of dealerships, has recently launched a number of "green" initiatives, including a 238 KW solar array that provides 60 percent of the energy at its Ford dealership.
With Tesla founder Elon Musk challenging the traditional franchised dealership model in multiple states in order to expand his direct-to-consumer sales strategy, NADA and state dealer associations have been forced to defend the value of the franchise
ECS Tuning
Bertram Capital invested in ECS Tuning, an automotive e-commerce company focused on the Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Porsche and Volkswagen lines.
University of the Aftermarket Foundation
The University of the Aftermarket Foundation has approved a grant for the CAWA – Representing the Automotive Parts Industry’s Education Memorial Fund. 

Special Reports

Collision repairers prefer to get their parts from auto parts retailers (33 percent) with dealerships (24 percent) and jobbers (23) a close second and third option, according to the Aftermarket Business World Collision Shop Study.