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The company that knocked GM off its perch
January 12, 2022 by Adam Malik

Toyota was the top-selling brand in the United States in 2021, a first for the company. General Motors had been in the top spot for the last 90 years. But it appears supply chain shortages held it back, according to

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The vehicles at the top of Canadians’ wish lists
December 21, 2021 by Adam Malik

Canadians know what vehicles they want and that hasn’t changed despite a pandemic, changing travel habits or supply chain hurdles. AutoTrader.ca released data around what vehicles customers are searching for on its website. At the top, once again, was the

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How much staffing levels are struggling to recover
December 17, 2021 by Adam Malik

While employment levels are up from the depths of the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, they’re still not at pre-pandemic levels, according to new analysis. Aftermarket sectors, though, appear to be on an upward trajectory. The pandemic hasn’t been the

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How much more business U.S. shops are seeing
December 16, 2021 by Adam Malik

The number of service bays in American repair and service shops has dropped but that hasn’t stopped an overall rise in the amount of auto repair work that’s taken place. According to Lang Marketing, the do-it-for-me aftermarket segment of light

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What consumers plan to do with their money next year
December 14, 2021 by Adam Malik

A recent survey of Canadian consumers indicated that personal budgets will be trimmed in 2022. The findings came out of findings from a life insurance survey. PolicyAdvisor.com’s State of the Nation: Life Insurance Trends 2021 looked at how Canadians’ attitudes

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How Amazon is becoming a greater aftermarket threat
December 10, 2021 by Adam Malik

Amazon is the most relevant brand for Millennials because it appeals to them in a variety of ways. The aftermarket will be challenged to take them on, a recent report warned. Particularly, when it comes to product selection and speedy

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Specialty equipment sales stay strong
December 8, 2021 by Adam Malik

A solid majority of specialty-equipment manufacturers are seeing growth despite supply chain issues, according to a recent report. The State of the Industry — Fall 2021 report from the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) found that 70 per cent of

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The unusual places calling jobbers these days
December 3, 2021 by Adam Malik

Desperate times call for desperate measures, it seems. Some jobbers these days are getting regular calls from people they may not usually hear from looking for parts to repair customer vehicles, said industry experts. Namely, their competitors and automotive dealerships.

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Why the automotive industry is a target for cybercrime
December 3, 2021 by Adam Malik

The automotive industry is a top-10 target for ransomware, according to a new study. The rapid adoption of digital technologies has left the industry vulnerable to nefarious digital actors, suggested research from NordLocker, an encrypted cloud firm. Out of 35

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Drivers are stressed, fatigued
December 2, 2021 by Adam Malik

A new study is raising the alarm on concerning trends among Canadian drivers. Levels of stress and fatigue were reported in at least half of respondents to a Desjardins Group study. They also reported negative mental health conditions (54 per

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New AIA report looks at dealership landscape
November 30, 2021 by Adam Malik

A new report released by the Automotive Industries Association of Canada explores the future of vehicle sales at automotive dealerships. “Aftermarket businesses benefit from knowing the number of new car dealerships and volume of new vehicle sales,” AIA Canada explained

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How many more Canadians are using winter tires
November 19, 2021 by Adam Malik

More Canadians are equipping their vehicles with winter tires and driver experience appears to be the reason why, according to new research. The Tire and Rubber Association of Canada’s 2021 Canadian Consumer Winter Tire Study found that 69 per cent