An AutoServiceWorld poll that asks aftermarket professionals to compare their outlook for 2010 with 2009 has come down firmly in the positive.
Respondents to the poll reported that their outlook for 2010 was either strongly positive or positive 65.71% of the time.
In addition, 11.43% of respondents felt 2010 would be the same as 2009, while 8.57% were uncertain.
This compares to 14.28% of respondents who felt negatively or strongly negatively about prospects in 2010.
“While the sample of respondents is small in some regard, combined with anecdotal information I have come across through meetings and at events, there is clearly reason to feel good about the aftermarket’s prospects moving forward,” says Andrew Ross, Jobber News publisher and editor, part of The Automotive Group of publications that also operates Autoserviceworld.com.
Among factors that are giving a boost to the aftermarket in Canada is the general rise in the economy, the reduction in car dealer competition, and the impending Canadian Automotive Service Information Standard (CASIS) agreement which will allow access to repair tools and information previously restricted in many cases to only the car dealer network.