Auto Care Blog

  • December 15, 2021

    Positive Outlook for 2022 In Spite of Supply Chain and Labor Concerns In this year-end wrap-up, Mike Chung, director, market intelligence, Auto Care Association, highlights results of the 2022 Auto Care Outlook Study. We look at the top concerns across the automotive aftermarket based on member feedback. While aftermarket leaders are most concerned with supply chain/sourcing and worker recruitment/retention, the industry is overwhelmingly bullish in its outlook for 2022. This is a testament to the strong fundamentals - sustained high demand, an aging car parc - and the resilience and adaptability of the industry.

  • November 22, 2021

    How Does the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Impact the Aftermarket? President Biden has signed into law the “Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act” (“IIJA”), otherwise referred to as the “bipartisan infrastructure bill”. This 1,000+ page bill has been on the front page of every major newspaper, but what is the significance for the aftermarket industry and what comes next?

  • November 19, 2021

    Planning for the New Year Happy Thanksgiving! Can you believe it’s already that time of the year? Time has always been mysterious, and even more so throughout the pandemic. I had the pleasure of meeting several of you for the first time in Las Vegas a few weeks ago – thanks so much for making the effort to attend! As I walked the show floor and met people, a few thoughts ran through my head...

  • October 14, 2021

    Pricing Trends and Influences Amidst a Shocked Supply Chain In this edition of Market Insights with Mike, we look at recent trends in commodity prices, and how global supply chain disruptions continue to affect the automotive aftermarket. We'll give a preview of new data in TrendLens that will inform your business decisions as you navigate a continually evolving market, and point to a recent webinar where an industry-wide panel discusses how they have been looking at data in different ways since the pandemic started to adapt their corporate strategies and operations in real time.

  • October 7, 2021

    The YANG Effect October Edition The YANG Effect newsletter is your quarterly "pit stop" for all things Automotive Aftermarket contributed to and written by under- 40 industry professionals. This issue is dedicated to YANG’s new advisory council and to all of YANG’s members.

  • September 29, 2021

    An important message from the Auto Care Board of Directors In the last 20 months as we have worked through the pandemic, your association has been hard at work tackling the issues that matter to you most. The benefits of having the Auto Care Association to speak on behalf of the industry have never been more apparent. Now is the time when you need your auto care association—and your auto care association needs you!

  • July 22, 2021

    Use Weekly VMT to Predict Retail Impact This edition of Market Insights with Mike looks at weekly VMT for Independence Day from 2019-2021. This data is available in TrendLens as part of the Market View package. We also give examples of how the Pearson correlation coefficient - a new feature - is available for members who wish to compare two Economic and Industry Indicators to inform their market strategy.

  • July 8, 2021

    Vehicle Miles Traveled - Trends and Drivers In this article we look at VMT trends, particularly why Arity VMT has exceeded monthly USDOT VMT figures. We then discuss the reasons driving these discrepancies.

  • April 28, 2021

    On the Road Again VMT rose to a recent high in March 2021, but will the increased driving continue? Numerous external forces continue to impact consumer behavior amidst a fluid economy. This edition of Market Insights notes a few of these influencers, and shares data on selected industry indicators to shed light on various inputs that are affecting the automotive aftermarket and related industries.

  • March 4, 2021

    Navigate the Economic Snow Globe with Weekly Vehicle Miles Traveled Data Highlights of new features in TrendLens - weekly Arity Vehicle Miles Traveled, reference videos. Discussion of continued industry uncertainties and identification of disposable income as a possible leading indicator for automotive aftermarket retail sales in the context of emerging coronavirus relief stimulus.

  • February 23, 2021

    SIPS Group Turns 20 This past November marked the 20-year anniversary of the Society of Import Part Specialists (SIPS). We recently spoke to SIPS Coordinator Gary Garberg about this milestone, how the group has evolved through the growth of import nameplate vehicles and what’s in store for SIPS this year.

  • February 5, 2021

    New Data Trends for 2021 In this blog, director of market intelligence Mike Chung highlights recent data to guide your trend-watching as 2021 finds its footing. Chung highlights manufacturing and logistics headlines, VMT and COVID-related trends, work/school from home stats, and other observations across the industry and society as a whole.

  • February 2, 2021

    Happy New Year At the start of a New Year, many of us reflect back on the previous year while considering the promise and excitement that’s on the horizon. Last year didn’t leave us with many things we’re going to miss, but we have plenty of reasons to be hopeful for our future.

  • December 24, 2020

    A Message to Our Community If you’re like me, you’re probably ready to see 2020 disappear in your rearview mirror. It has tested us in many ways that none of us could have imagined. We’ve witnessed incalculable losses and, for some of us, these losses have hit far too close to home. While we may continue to wish for things to return to “normal,” the reality is that “normal” has been replaced and isn’t coming back any time soon – if ever.

  • December 8, 2020

    2020: A Ride Like No Other Remember roller coasters? In the “Before COVID” (BC) era, I took my son and his best friend to Kings Dominion in Virginia every summer for a day at the amusement park. We didn’t go this year, but in a year with so many developments, who needs a wooden coaster for thrills? After all, 2020 is the ride with no apparent end in sight. To wrap up the year’s developments in the automotive aftermarket, I welcome you to the “Indicators Amusement Park” with more twists, turns, and drops than the Intimidator 305. Let’s start at the “Work/School from Home” area.

  • November 2, 2020

    Positioning for Advocacy in a Changing Environment As another election season comes and goes, there will be much discussion among pundits and politicos in the coming weeks about their predictions for the next two years (until the next election cycle). This edition of Market Insights with Mike focuses on cutting through the noise and instead examines the data most important to aftermarket professionals for continued success in an ever-evolving economy.

  • October 28, 2020

    Meet a Staffer: Daniel Zenko Easily mistaken for the “world’s most interesting man,” Daniel Zenko, director, data innovation, brings a one-of-a-kind background with him to the Auto Care Association. Zenko joined the association in 2017 with the formation of its Data Innovation team, where he focuses on the development of TrendLens™ as well as serving as liaison for the Category Management committee. Read to find out which game Zenko has played and defeated Bill Gates in, and more!

  • October 5, 2020

    New Industry Indicators Suggest Trend Toward Stability With the nation in the swing of Fall, it appears that some of the things we wondered about in the summer are being resolved, at least for now. Working on site (offices, manufacturing and warehouses, retail) is still at about half of pre-pandemic levels as pictured below.

  • August 28, 2020

    “Finishing the Fight” Amidst Continued Uncertainty of COVID About a year ago, the Metro DC area became enraptured with the Washington Nationals’ rise from seeming doom earlier in the season. “Finish the Fight” became the rally cry across the DMV.

  • August 10, 2020

    Aftermarket Trends in China Amidst COVID-19 In this issue, we turn our attention to China. As the world’s second largest economy, and one that has demonstrated rapid economic growth in recent decades, we conferred with Haisheng Chen, Chief Editor of AC Auto, a division of AC Qiche, a Shanghai-based business consulting specialist focused on the automotive retail and service sector, as well as Steve Ganster of YCP Solidiance, an Asia-focused strategy consulting firm, to learn more about consumer trends related to driving, maintenance, and vehicle purchase. While many trends parallel those observed in the United States, nuanced differences exist.