The automotive DIY market has been declared to be dying for many years because vehicles are increasingly more difficult to repair due to technological advancements, plus, an aging population is not up to the labor task of facing vehicles. Even so, it appears that DIYers find ways to develop their skills and/or the aftermarket responds with feasible solutions to keep the DIY market viable.
Perhaps the largest consideration to effectively answer the question of "How do I know when to sell and when to grow?" is to know your timeline. The second largest consideration is to know your walk away price. When working with clients, whether we are growing their business or preparing them to sell, I always ask these two questions.
Starting in model year 2019, the five-star rating will include a crash avoidance rating based on whether a vehicle offers any of the multiple technologies that will be added to the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) and whether the technologies meet NHTSA performance measures.
In tracking the 10-year global regional growth from 2004-2014 of passenger vehicles in operation (VIO), the Asia region took the top spot with growth of 9 percent from 2004 to 2014, according to the 2016 World Motor Vehicle Market Report.
There are various reasons for development of alternative fuel vehicles, including environmental concerns, fuel efficiency standards and the leadership role of the automakers. The continued development of these vehicles hinges on further consumer acceptance and government legislation.
The intellectual property belongs to automakers but consumers have a right to decide where they get their vehicles serviced, which traditionally has been independent repair shops after the new vehicle warranty period ends.
Aftermarket Business World Columnist Larry Silvey discusses omni-channel markeitng as it applies to the automotive aftermarket in his column "Omni-channel marketing is the new normal." Here are a few of his key takeaways.
Social media is an effective and low-cost means for automotive businesses of all kinds to increase their business, however, businesses have to concentrate on being creative with their content and be committed to it by making regular posts
As new technologies move driverless cars closer to reality, global carmakers have ramped up development and testing (along with non-traditional companies like Google’s Alphabet and Tesla), and roads and highways across Europe and Asia have opened for testing of driverless vehicles.
Inventory control solutions are somewhat simple but require cooperation of all the players, including shop management, painters, parts people and, most important, the jobber. The key to inventory control is to have materials when you need them in the quantity you need.
EDI – electronic data interchange – still deserves consideration by distributor/retailers and their supply chain partners as a way to reduce cost, improve strategic relationships and increase channel visibility.
The movie Groundhog Day captures the technology challenge facing many auto parts wholesalers. Those 10-year-old business management solutions might have done a great job back in 2005, but the business has changed and so have the needs and expectations of customers and counter professionals.