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Feature   October 1, 2009   by CARS Magazine

Unperformed Maintenance Drops By US$5 Billion In 2008, According To AASA

According to the Automotive Aftermarket Status Report 2009, the annual market analysis and research report recently released by the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), the rate of unp...


According to the Automotive Aftermarket Status Report 2009, the annual market analysis and research report recently released by the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), the rate of unperformed and underperformed maintenance in the United States dropped from US$55 billion in 2007 to US$50 billion in 2008. Steve Handschuh, president and COO of AASA noted, “The safety implications of the large number of under- maintained vehicles on the road are an enormous concern of the automotive aftermarket. While some neglected maintenance will only lead to more costly repairs later, others have a direct relationship to the safety and drivability of the vehicle.”

“Unperformed maintenance also represents a significant portion of the potential market for automotive after market products, which we designate in our ‘Status Report’ as the Untapped Market,” Handschuh added. “This untapped market represents 21 per cent of total aftermarket potential.” To a large extent the paradoxical drop in underperformed maintenance in an economic downturn was due to consumers curtailing travel due to high fuel prices. Unperformed maintenance is the difference between actual aftermarket activity and the potential size of the aftermarket. The drop in vehicle miles of travel in 2008 decreased the overall potential while at the same time, consumers attempted to protect their investment in their vehicles and improve fuel economy with better vehicle maintenance.

“Our research indicates, however, that these consumers will find funds to keep the old car running until their job situation improves,” Handschuh said. “They can ill-afford either the loss of their transportation or the purchase of another car.”


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