Aftermarket Business is taking an extensive, detailed look at investments in the aftermarket. We analyze what historically has happened to shape the market, the present market performance and expectations for what is to come in the future.
Technician influence in product, servive and maintenance purchase is growing among cash-conscious consumers. In the first Aftermarket Business World Auto Service Franchise Product Study, respondents report that consumers take their recommendations "m
Light-truck and SUV chassis components have taken a severe beating, both on and off the pavement. Yet, many of these vehicles' steering and suspension systems are based on automotive, not truck, designs for a more "car-like" ride. As a result, it's n
The two fastest rising applications in the crank position sensor category in August were the 2003 Nissan Altima (up 12 positions to No. 1 overall) and 2001 Cadillac Deville (up 11 positions to seventh overall). In both cases, according to two shop ow
Some applications gradually enter the aftermarket replacement cycle. Others, such as the 2002 Pontiac Grand Am, burst upon the scene, as demonstrated in our snapshot of March 2008 ignition control module (ICM) transactions.
It's still early in 2008, but already a trend is emerging. Automotive aftermarket companies are clearly assessing how the news of a U.S. economic downturn will impact their businesses. Low-cost service providers and companies that target late model v
Why do radiators, power steering pumps and wheel bearings fail? The root causes might be difficult to identify — a burst radiator seam, for example, could be related to a leaking head gasket — but it's your job to provide the right replac
When you mention interior style for vehicles, it's common to gloss over the seats and interior finish and go straight to the electronics. Interior modifications require a broad range of skills from simple replacements to custom installations. Frost &