About Us

the auto care industry keeps vehicles moving

and the Auto Care Association is dedicated to helping every one of those vehicles last longer, perform better, and keep drivers safe. Our global member companies manufacture, distribute, and sell every single part and component, and perform service, maintenance, and repairs on every class of vehicle on the road.


$383.0 billion

industry (projected $477 billion in 2024)



people employed in the industry


288.4 million

vehicles on the road



service outlets

Our Mission

Our mission is to protect and advance the interests of businesses providing aftermarket products and services for all classes of motor vehicles.

Who We Are

The Auto Care Association is the voice of the $380 billion plus auto care industry. We provide advocacy, educational, networking, technology, market intelligence and communications resources to serve the collective interests of our members. Auto Care Association serves the entire supply chain of the automotive aftermarket: businesses that manufacture, distribute and sell motor vehicle parts, accessories, tools, equipment, materials and supplies, and perform vehicle service, maintenance and repair.

Auto Care Industry Channels of Distribution

What We Do

The Auto Care Association serves members in a variety of important ways, each designed to help them maintain their position as innovative and impactful businesses. Our government affairs department represents the industry’s complex set of interests before federal and state legislators and regulators, and advocates for policies that are favorable to our member businesses. We provide access to the most widely-used standards in North America and best practices in e-commerce and technology to help lower costs and increase efficiency. We develop our members’ professional skills with a full calendar of education, meetings and events plus tools and resources for their careers.

Our market intelligence and data innovation experts assess trends that are reshaping the industry, and our international program assists members seeking opportunities in the lucrative global market. The association’s award-winning communications keep members informed about critical auto care issues, association programs and initiatives, while sharing the magnitude of the aftermarket to key audiences, elevating the profile and influence of the industry. Any automotive aftermarket company throughout the supply chain can benefit from what we do. 


Strength in Numbers

The 538,248 businesses in the auto care industry form a coast-to-coast network of independent automotive aftermarket manufacturers, distributors, repair shops, retailers, and service providers small and large. At its core, this integrated grid of professionals is dedicated to providing the quality parts, products and vehicle service and repair for all 290 million vehicles on the road today.

But the industry is far more than our total number of businesses. We represent choice: because drivers should be free to decide for themselves where to go for car care, even if it means their own driveway or garage. We represent innovation: working relentlessly to provide parts and service designed to last longer, perform better and keep you safe. And when we say “independence drives us,” it means your independence as well as ours. We aren’t dedicated to just one kind of vehicle—we’re dedicated to every vehicle. The auto care industry keeps cars moving so we can keep lives moving.