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Auto Care's top subject matter experts offer their best aftermarket advice, research, and analysis influencing the health of the automotive aftermarket to stay current in a fast-paced industry.

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Candid Thoughts from Your Shops - An Interview with Kim Auernheimer, CS Automotive, Owner
Industry Profiles highlight automotive aftermarket award recipients and top talent featured here in exclusive interviews. Our interview today is with Kim Auernheimer, CS Automotive, Owner.
Hopkins Manufacturing Corporation Facility Tour
Rep. Tracey Mann, R-Kan.-1, visited Hopkins Manufacturing Corporation’s company headquarters, manufacturing site and distribution center in Emporia, Kan. as part of his Kansas manufacturing tour.
We’ve got you covered. Here’s how we provide our VCdb coverage.
The Auto Care Standards team has been asked by the subscriber community how we’re able to get the data into the Vehicle Configuration database (VCdb) at a faster pace year after year. The subscriber community …
Legislative Update
As future leaders, we need to keep up with legislation to know when to educate (1234yf), when to fight (Right to Repair), and how to discuss what’s next (electrification). Luckily, we have an industry …
Marketing Tips - I Get a Little Better Each Day
No one ever said marketing was easy or predictable. Given the rise of e-commerce and e-correspondence, we’re in front of our computers more than ever before. Below are 4 tried and tested marketing tools …
Meet a Staffer: Mike Tanner
Right to Repair, the Secure Vehicle Interface and ADAS calibration standards. I also enjoy creating and developing material for AAPEX that informs and engages our members.
Candid Thoughts from Your Shops - An Interview with Bill Nalu, Interstate Auto Care, Owner
Often times, we feel disconnected from the actual end user in the Aftermarket. It’s great to discuss real-world issues and try to come up with solutions, but that is pretty useless if we’re not interacting …
YANG Member Spotlight - An interview with Tony Mercury, Autoshop Solutions
Tony Mercury grew up with the Lamborghini Countach poster on his wall like many of us born in the 80s.
President’s Message: Preserving Today, Protecting Tomorrow
The myth of “it will slow down after AAPEX” continues to perpetuate within our industry and I hope that all of you are keeping up. As we begin our third year of challenges associated with the COVID-19 …
Auto Care Association Urges USTR to Adopt Comprehensive 301 Exclusion Process
The Auto Care Association is urging U.S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Tai, to establish a comprehensive exclusion process and to broaden the scope of products eligible for Section 301 tariff …
Everything You Need to Know about the New ACES and PIES Online Course
Wondering if the Auto Care Association’s new online introductory course to ACES and PIES data standards is right for you? In this blog post, I’ll walk you through everything there is to know about our …
Fast and Furious: Aftermarket Acquisitions
Change is nothing new in the Automotive Aftermarket, you’re especially aware of this if you’ve been keeping up with the YANG Effect. However, there has always been internal changes that keep the Aftermarket …