Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX)
Why do attendees come back year after year?
Access Hands-On Training
ADAS, diagnostics, power steering systems—technology is rapidly changing, and the experts are here to shine a light on what’s new in the expanded Joe’s Garage, featuring live demos on running vehicles in 10 service bays, a setup you won’t find anywhere else!
Making the best decisions requires talking through your goals and getting questions answered—and this is the place to meet face-to-face with exhibitors to talk products and make deals
Get a Powerful Preview
To find the perfect product mix for your business, it’s critical to shop and compare—and it’s easy to do that in specialized areas within a marketplace that covers every major category
Get Real Lessons in Leadership
Employee recruitment and retention, service advisor communication, industry trends, preparation for the unknown—they are among the topics you need to know about to keep things running smoothly for your customers and your business
Meet Your Match
Maximize your time away from work by meeting the who’s who of the aftermarket, connect with contacts with similar interests and reunite with current partners—build your profile to get connected
Put New Trends in Rotation
Technology takes different forms in the industry, from the innovation powering vehicles to a heavier focus on e-commerce—get a close-up look at what’s now and what’s next in product showcases and trend-focused areas
Want a peek under the hood?
See what Auto Care Events take place at AAPEX
AWDA Opening General Session and Manufacturers’ Reception
The AWDA Conference invites all participants to the AWDA Opening General Session, highlighting the year’s accomplishments and provide a look to the future. An awards ceremony recognizes the contributions of key industry executives, followed immediately by the opportunity to network with some of the industry’s most influential members at the Manufacturers’ Reception.
Celebrates the official kickoff of AAPEX at the AAPEX Reception, a standing-room-only networking event, with complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
International Matchmaking Program
The Auto Care Association, in partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service, offers U.S. exhibitors and international buyers a unique opportunity to connect during AAPEX 2022 through the International Matchmaking Program. U.S. exhibitors interested in entering or increasing their presence in international markets, or international buyers interested in connecting with U.S. exhibitors, are welcome to participate. For more information, visit autocare.org/matchmaking.
Differing Opinions Discuss the 2022 Midterms and Beyond
2022 keynote discussion provided timely insights into what to expect on the road ahead. With America’s best-known political consultant James Carville and iconic political strategist Karl Rove, they provided their points (and counterpoints) in a moderated conversation about where to look for trends across the country and the impact of the elections on the United States — and the world. In this interactive session, they took questions from the audience about the current state of politics and their projections for the future.
Import Vehicle Community Luncheon and Awards Program
The Import Vehicle Community Luncheon and Awards Program features an industry update and awards presentation honoring men and women who have made significant contributions to the import automotive aftermarket.
Import Vehicle Community Fabulous Networking Reception
The Import Vehicle Community hosts a variety of events at AAPEX including the annual Fabulous Networking Reception to help members create and secure networking opportunities that increase brand awareness and visibility in the import segment of the industry. All Import Vehicle Community members receive tickets to attend.
Import Product and Marketing Awards Presentation
Hosted by the Import Vehicle Community, the Import Product and Marketing Awards Presentation recognizes award winners of innovative products and marketing programs concepts designed to serve the import aftermarket. The awards presentation is open to all and free to attend.
The YANG Reception at AAPEX provides young professionals with opportunities to learn and network with their peers. This reception is free to attend for AAPEX attendees under-40 and YANG mentors, but pre-registration is required.
Women in Auto Care Networking Breakfast
Women in Auto Care's annual networking breakfast gives AAPEX attendees a chance to connect with the community over a cup of coffee, outside of the busy show hours.
Women in Auto Care Reception
The Women in Auto Care community is dedicated to its mission of connecting, empowering and mentoring women within the auto care industry. The annual AAPEX reception is a chance to connect with the community outside of the busy show hours.
The Women in Auto Care Reception is open to all AAPEX attendees (regardless of gender) and is free to attend.
Held during the two networking receptions of the PBES Conference, the Innovation Fair showcases products, services and solutions for distributors’ needs.
Distributor Features of the Innovation Fair:
- Direct and convenient access to many of the industry’s top associated product manufacturers
- See innovative products and services focused on giving you a competitive advantage
- Get to know the manufacturers you support and vice-versa
- Free with your registration to the PBES Conference
Vendor Features of the Innovation Fair:
- Captive audience of distributor decision-makers and sales reps
- Held in conjunction with the highly attended networking receptions
- Innovation Fair table costs (does not include attendee registration)
- Members $250
- Non-Members $500
- Price includes one 6’ table and two chairs. AV needs are at an additional cost.