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Is inflation good or bad for the aftermarket?
March 11, 2022 by Adam Malik

A debate of sorts broke out during a recent conference over whether or not inflation was a good or bad thing for the automotive aftermarket. To kick off the Global Summit hosted by the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association and the

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Positive signs for the automotive aftermarket
March 4, 2022 by Adam Malik

As many governments locally and around the world phase in plans to ease pandemic-related restrictions, that is the starting flag of good and positive times ahead for the automotive aftermarket, a prominent leader suggested. “So after so many false starts

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The training techs should get for EVs
March 3, 2022 by Adam Malik

Working with electric vehicles means automotive service and repair technicians need to up their training and pack their patience. If the thought of electrical knowledge “makes you sweat,” then Ben Johnson, director of product management at Mitchell 1, recommends you

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How EVs are part of industry evolution
March 1, 2022 by Adam Malik

The automotive aftermarket has been through a number of evolutions. That means the growing rate of electric vehicles is just another one of those moments, a panel of experts recently observed. This is an exciting time for the industry, noted

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Why experts say we should probably forget about autonomous vehicles
February 17, 2022 by Adam Malik

So much can change in just a few years. It wasn’t that long ago when autonomous vehicles were all the rage. About three years ago, many figured we would see start seeing fully autonomous vehicles on our roads by now.

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How healthy aftermarket retail looks
February 16, 2022 by Adam Malik

While aftermarket retail sales may not hit the highs they saw in 2021, the industry is in a good place going forward, according to industry analysis. This past year was probably the peak of aftermarket retail sales, suggested Nathan Shipley,

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Why it will take time to learn how to service EVs
February 15, 2022 by Adam Malik

Rome wasn’t built in a day and automotive technicians won’t become experts in servicing electric vehicles overnight, advised an industry expert. The best tool in the toolbox of a technician is their experience, said Ben Johnson, director of product management

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Will consumers continue to spend money in the aftermarket post-pandemic?
February 2, 2022 by Adam Malik

People have spent money fixing up their homes, on new entertainment options at home, fixing up their vehicles and more during the COVID-19 pandemic. But will they continue with these behaviours and money-spending habits after the pandemic subsides and other

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How the aftermarket can market to women
February 1, 2022 by Adam Malik

Automotive aftermarket companies need to think about women in their marketing, especially if they want a more diverse workforce, female shop leaders recently urged. In particular, look at your marketing materials, said Kim Auernheimer of CS Automotive when asked what

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The three drivers for EV success
January 28, 2022 by Adam Malik

For electric vehicles to reach their potential and be commonplace on roads, there are three key drivers, according to industry observers: Regulations, consumer behaviour and infrastructure. Without regulations to drive economics, EVs face a higher hill to climb, suggested Akshay

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The impact of work-from-home on the aftermarket
January 20, 2022 by Adam Malik

Gas consumption is on par with pre-2020 levels and miles driven is back at or above pre-pandemic levels. But that doesn’t mean the industry is back to business the same way it used to, according to an industry expert. Nathan

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Why the aftermarket is only going to grow
January 19, 2022 by Adam Malik

There is no doubt in the minds of a number of automotive aftermarket leaders that the industry is going to get bigger as we transition farther away from the pandemic. Why? Because of the key role the industry took in