• The Aftermarket’s Rise in the Fall

    By Philip Atkins, ​director, Strategic Research and Planning, Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA)

    Is the aftermarket recovering faster than expected? Or are we seeing a welcome, but temporary, spike in sales? While the effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continue to have a major impact on the automotive aftermarket industry,… READ MORE  

  • Most Aftermarket Businesses Already Have This Advantage During COVID

    by Taylor Mitchell, senior vice president, technology and standards, Auto Care Association

    The pandemic has created challenges in virtually every aspect of our business and personal life. Plans and roadmaps that were well underway just a few months ago were wholly disrupted as efforts shifted towards moving a workforce to… READ MORE  

  • Using Fresh Data to Navigate the Trends Surrounding COVID

    By Michael Chung, director, market intelligence, Auto Care Association 

    Anyone who looks at weather forecasts knows that they are the best predictions based on available data. And while we know that forecasts are not always accurate, we use them to guide our activities. Now more than ever, the auto care… READ MORE  

  • Post Coronavirus: Preparing for a Technology Driven Future

    By Chris H. Gardner, Senior Vice President, AASA

    The industry is facing challenging times, and we collectively are part of the effort to address the issues and help each other. It should encourage the industry to know that your trade associations – Auto Care Association and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers… READ MORE  

  • Marketing and Your Community Are More Important Now Than Ever

    By Jeff Buckley, Owner and Master Technician, My Father’s Shop Certified Automotive Repair, Midlothian, Texas 

    I’ve been in the industry for more than 35 years. I started in a service station and then had a big shop that did both mechanical and paint and body. For the last 26… READ MORE  

  • We Are All Essential: The Power of Being Together

    By Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association

    The year 2020 is off to an unusual start – and although the circumstances have been less than ideal, the reality of our current global health situation is that the world has come together in unprecedented ways.

    Amid social distancing, we’re… READ MORE  

  • The Shocking State of Electrical Training in the Classroom

    By Micheal Smyth, director of the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC), a program of the Energy Institute at West Virginia University

    Editor’s note: This blog post is the last in a series leading up to AAPEX 2019 in Las Vegas, and highlights alternative fuels training sessions scheduled to take… READ MORE