Even though our culture has grown more accustomed to throwing things out when they break, our cars remain one of the few things we continue to care for by way of regular maintenance and repair. While many of the industries dedicated to repairing things like shoes, furniture, and appliances have all but disappeared, the automotive aftermarket continues to be vital to its customers.
Even so, the automotive aftermarket isn’t immune to stress and disruptions. In just the past two years, our industry has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic which has caused supply chain issues. Now, the war in Eastern Europe threatens to engender more disruptions.
Our entire industry, including the independent repair sector, has been affected by these recent disruptions. But they are far from the only factors challenging the aftermarket. Other significant influencers, with both short-term and long-term implications, include:
- Inflation and rising gas prices
- Changes in driving habits, post-pandemic
- The impact of EVs and advances in vehicle technology
- Improved vehicle quality and dependability
- Technician shortage and the right to repair
In addition to providing invaluable statistics on the size and structure of the Canadian aftermarket, the Mechanical Repair Sector Landscape - 2022 report examines the disruptive factors and explores how they have the potential to create both threats and opportunities for the industry and for AIA Canada members.
AIA Canada members can download their copy of the report at NO CHARGE.
Non-member price: $249
For more information, please contact Communications at:
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