Almost a third of U.S. automotive technicians planned to spend more than $2,500 in tool and equipment purchases in 2002, according to the third Tool & Equipment Purchasing Trends Survey, published by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA). More than 700 technicians responded to the survey administered by the AAIA market research department in the spring of 2002. The survey was designed to gain insight into current and future purchasing decisions of professional users of tool and equipment for automotive repair. "The survey results are valuable to anyone in the industry looking to gain insight into the buying patterns of those most likely to purchase automotive tools and equipment," said Alfred L. Gaspar, AAIA president and CEO. The survey details the types of tools and equipment most likely to be purchased in 2002, as well as the importance of brand names and American craftsmanship to U.S. buyers. It also cites the most influential information sources for those trying to make equipment-purchasing decisions. For more information, or to order a copy of the 2002 Tool & Equipment Purchasing Trends Survey, call AAIA at 301-654-6664 or visit www.aftermarket.org.