Automotive aftermarket trends
At a glance: important auto aftermarket trends for 2020-2021
- Personal consumption of auto parts in August 2020 was up 10% from August 2019.
- The US light duty automotive aftermarket industry size is $282 billion in 2020, down about 8% from 2019 due to COVID-19.
- The entire aftermarket including medium- and heavy-duty is about $381 billion in 2020.
- Expected growth in automotive eCommerce in 2020: 30%.
- Automotive DIY activity is rising.
- There will be 2345 million people licensed to drive in the US by 2022.
- US auto parts eCommerce is forecasted at $16 billion in 2020.
- North American auto parts eCommerce is forecasted at USD$20 billion in 2020.
- The medium- and heavy-duty market in 2020 is projected to grow about 2.5% from 2019.
- Amazon auto parts sales is projected at $10.3 billion in 2020.
- eBay Motors is projected at $6 to $7 billion in 2020.
- Industry demand for automotive technicians continues to outpace the available pool of auto techs, continuing a trend since 2009.
Learn the latest automotive aftermarket trends for 2020, with our interpretation and analysis. We cover news and statistics from SEMA, AASA, CAN and the AutoCare Association, as well as other news on the automotive aftermarket industry. We also look at the impact of coronavirus and COVID-19 on the aftermarket industry.
Automotive aftermarket trends 2020
Personal consumption of auto parts hit an all-time record in June 2020, reaching an adjusted $50.509 billion. July (revised) was $49.884 billion and August improved to $50.303 billion. Personal consumption of aftermarket tires also hit a record in June, at $35.504 billion. July was very close at $35.462 billion. Both metrics were down in April to 2012 levels.
The North American online automotive eCommerce market size is now nearly US$20 billion. It will be up 30% or more from 2019.
The light duty automotive aftermarket industry size is $282 billion in 2020. The entire automotive aftermarket/auto care industry including medium and heavy-duty is about $381 billion in 2020. The industry will shrink slightly from 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19.
Historically the aftermarket has grown about 3.5% to 3.9% per year. We project eCommerce to grow at a higher than forecasted rate due to the coronavirus shutdown.
The power of digital influence on the automotive aftermarket industry is a major trend to watch. About $140 billion in automotive through all sales channels, including online and brick and mortar, are influenced by digital. Digital influence on auto parts retail will grow to over $168 billion by 2023.
Automotive online shopping is growing, automotive technology is changing with more hybrids and electric vehicles, mobile shopping is on the rise, self-driving cars are supposedly on the horizon, and Amazon and eBay are going strong. How do you know what aftermarket trends to follow, or even which automotive aftermarket trends are important in the first place?
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The aftermarket industry employs nearly 5 million people, and includes over 270,000 repair shops and over 265,000 retail parts outlets. Vehicles drive over 3 trillion miles per year on US roads.
Common automotive aftermarket questions
How big is the automotive aftermarket industry?
The light duty aftermarket is about $282 billion in 2020. The entire automotive aftermarket/auto care industry including medium and heavy-duty is about $381 billion in 2020.
Why is it called aftermarket?
This is a “market” for parts and accessories “after” a vehicle is sold, so it’s called the “aftermarket.” It’s the secondary market of the automotive industry. These are replacement parts and accessories sold after a vehicle is sold as new, intended for repair, customization or enhancement.
Which is better OEM or aftermarket?
There is no “better” level of quality when it comes to OEM or aftermarket parts. OEM replacement parts are made by the manufacturer of a vehicle or for the manufacturer according to the manufacturer’s specifications. Aftermarket parts can be made to similar specifications or in some cases may exceed OEM specifications. In some cases there is no OEM equivalent to an aftermarket part.
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