Special Reports

  • Federated Auto Parts and National Pronto Association rocked the distribution industry with their announcement Dec. 10, 2014, that they would merge their efforts and resources and form an organization that will be called the Automotive Parts Services Group.
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  • Auto technicians say that quality and brand are the two most important reasons they buy a particular aftermarket product, according to the 2014 Aftermarket Business World Technician Attitude Study.
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  • The vast majority of tire dealers said they expect to order about the same number of auto parts or more in 2014 as they did in 2013, according to the Aftermarket Business World Tire Dealer Product Study.
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  • 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. 
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  • 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.
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  • As the average age of U.S. vehicles on the road now exceeds 11 years, a large majority of consumers say they are taking their cars in for regular maintenance, according to the Aftermarket Business World Consumer Attitude Study.
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  • In honor of the inaugural “Salute Our Troops” issue, Aftermarket Business World conducted a Veterans’ Attitude Study to explore the purchasing habits and experiences of veterans and active duty military personnel.
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  • The deal catapulted Advance to the No. 1 spot in the Aftermarket Business World Top 25 Auto Chain Report with 5,297 company owned stores, 105 WORLDPAC branches and approximately 1,400 independently owned CARQUEST branded stores.
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  • More than 50 percent of independent shop owners expect to increase product sales in 2014 while 40 percent expect to sell the same amount, according to the Aftermarket Business World independent shop survey.
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  • Resellers said they had a good year in 2013 and most expect to do even better in 2014, according to the Aftermarket Business World reseller product study.
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  • The continued support of member growth and profitability top the list of program group goals in 2014, according to respondents to the Aftermarket Business World 2014 Program Distribution Report. 
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  •   When it comes to parts purchasing habits, auto repair shop owners and technicians prefer to do business the old-fashioned way rather than through online channels.
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  •   Today’s technicians are most likely to buy parts from auto parts retailers, jobbers and warehouse distributors, according to the Aftermarket Business World Technician Attitude Study.
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  • Tire dealers are increasingly turning to in-house electronic channels to advertise their products and services, according to the results of the 2013 Aftermarket Business World Tire Dealer Product Study.
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  • If you want to keep your business supplying collision repair shops, maintain a good relationship with them, offer a wide array of quality parts and provide fast delivery.
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  • The Aftermarket Business World 2013 Consumer Attitude Study Part 2 focused on consumers’ use of online tools to get information and purchase products, as well as their use of social media.
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  • Auto service franchises experienced stable or increased sales and gross margins in 2012 and are optimistic about 2013 sales and margins, according to the Aftermarket Business World Auto Service Franchise Study.
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  • Optimism abounds in 2013 among resellers as 57 percent said they expect their gross margins to improve this year, according to the Aftermarket Business World Reseller Product Study.
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  • The percentage of auto repair shop owners and technicians who purchase parts online increased in 2014 from 2013, according to the Aftermarket Business World Online Purchasing Habits studies conducted during the two years.
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  • The mayor of Chicago and executives from Advanstar Communications and Messe Frankfurt introduced Automechanika Chicago, a new trade show that will focus on shop-level training for technicians and product discovery.
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