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AIA releases results of latest business condition survey
June 24, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Only about eight percent of aftermarket businesses are functioning normally, according to a second round of survey calls by the Automotive Industries Association of Canada. The AIA’s Impact of Covid-19 Aftermarket Business Conditions Survey found that 34% of businesses have

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Q2 sees increase in delayed maintenance: IMR
June 23, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The coronavirus pandemic seems to have interrupted a trend toward more timely vehicle maintenance in the United States. According to Illinois-based data company IMR Inc., 20.1% of those surveyed postponed needed vehicle service in Q2 of 2020. It’s the first

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Updated survey reveals post-Covid shop challenges
June 18, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Management priorities at auto repair shops in the U.S. have changed dramatically since the coronavirus pandemic upended business in March. According to a new survey from IMR Inc., shop owners are now focused on keeping staff and customers safe. The

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Business optimism growing in specialty equipment market
June 16, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Business confidence among manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of automotive accessories is climbing, according to a recent survey conducted by the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA). The poll found that more than 30% of those surveyed said they are now operating

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Total U.S. aftermarket forecast to decline 8.8%
June 12, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Total U.S. automotive aftermarket sales are forecast to decrease 8.8 percent in 2020 as a result of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and related factors, according to the “2020 Joint Channel Forecast Model” produced jointly by the Automotive Aftermarket

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Q1 retail sales figures tell the story of Covid-19
June 12, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Retail sales at automotive parts, accessories, and tire stores fell 4.2% in the first quarter of 2020, according to DesRosiers Automotive Consultants. The 10.4% drop in business in March was mitigated by positive sales numbers in January and February. Overall,

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May new-car sales down 44%, with some hope for recovery: DesRosiers
June 3, 2020 by Allan Janssen

In a poetic assessment of new light vehicle sales in Canada, analysts at DesRosiers Automotive Consultants said the year-over-year decline of 44% was enough of an improvement over April’s dismal returns that it evokes “a touch of cautious optimism as

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Supply chain most optimistic about early end to pandemic pain
June 1, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Further analysis into the Automotive Industries Association of Canada’s business confidence survey suggests the supply chain is most optimism about an early recovery in 2020. Some 63% of supply chain respondents in the AIA’s recent Business Operations Survey said they

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AIA report offers insights into consumer behaviour
May 25, 2020 by Allan Janssen

  By Allan Janssen A new AIA study suggests a strong and ongoing focus on customer loyalty will not only help automotive businesses survive, but will allow them to thrive in an increasingly competitive field. “At Your Service” is the

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Urban shops hardest hit by pandemic
May 22, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Urban repair shops in the United States appear to be suffering the biggest drop in business as a result of Covid-19 prevention measures. A survey conducted by Ohio-based IMR Inc. found that 91.5% of urban repair shops reported a significant

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NUMBERS: EVs could equal ICE vehicles by 2038
May 21, 2020 by Allan Janssen

  42% Percentage of Canadian jobs at high risk of becoming automated. Some 36% of jobs are at low risk, less vulnerable to automation. 1% of jobs could become fully automated. Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship   2038 Approximately

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New car sales dropped 75% in April
May 21, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Following an estimated 48.3% sales decrease in March, light vehicle sales in Canada fell off by almost 75% in April. According to DesRosiers Automotive Consultants, new car and light truck sales settled in at 45,833 units sold, down from 180,616