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Auto Parts Marketing: Online Parts Sales to Reach $7.4 Billion in 2016

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Note: this article is from January 2016. For an updated forecast, click here for a more current article. How big is the automotive aftermarket industry? Ecommerce auto parts sales will narrow the gap with traditional brick and mortar retail sales in 2016, and reach $7.4 billion excluding auctions and used parts. Ecommerce auto parts sales are projected to grow about 16% in 2016. The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) Joint Channel Forecast Model projects conventional retail do it yourself (DIY) sales to grow 3.5% in 2016. The size of the online auto parts market—sales of automotive and truck parts...

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Ways Millennials Are Changing the Automotive Aftermarket

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Note: To get a true Generation Y marketing perspective, our genuine Gen-Y marketing intern, Brad, researched and wrote this article, which dispels a lot of myths about marketing to the millennial generation. Generation Y, better known as the millennial generation (born in 1980-2000), is the first generation to grow up with modern technology and this influences how millennials view cars and car accessories. For this generation, technology is not just another accessory; it is necessity and a way of life. Millennials find it extremely important to have top of the line technology that can be synchronized between devices. Millennials...

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Cyber Season Online Shopping Stats

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As the 2014 holiday shopping season is underway let’s look at online sales vs. brick and mortar sales. “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” are on a lot of people’s minds so we’ll break down the stats for you with some quick facts: Black Friday brick & mortar sales down In general, consumers are continuing the shift from brick and mortar to online. That’s obvious. Although Black Friday is still a big day for brick and mortar store sales, actual sales from Black Friday are dropping. The National Retail Federation reports 55% of holiday shoppers were in stores and shopping online...

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Auto Parts: Online Sales to Break $6 Billion in 2015

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(Editor’s note: this article was originally published in November 2014,  for an updated forecast, click here for a more current article. Aftermarket auto parts online continues to grow as a sales channel, and online sales will break the $6 billion mark in 2015. It’s an amazing online shopping growth statistic for our industry and auto parts market size is an aftermarket industry trend that we follow closely. Online sales of new auto parts, excluding online auctions, broke $5 billion for the first time in 2014 and will increase over 17% to hit $6 billion in 2015. That trend will...

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Automotive Industry Trends: Auto Parts & Tire Stores Start 2014 With 3.1% Sales Increase

auto parts and tire stores retail sales april 2014

Automotive parts and tire stores are showing a sales increase over last year, in one of the important automotive industry trends for 2014. Brick and mortar auto parts, auto accessory and tire stores showed a 3.7% sales increase in April 2014, over April 2013 (see chart at left). That’s a strong follow up to a 4.0% increase in March, compared to one year ago in March 2013. Aftermarket car parts sales YTD: auto parts retail sales up 3.1% January 2014 showed a 2.5% increase and February had a 2.1% increase, over one year ago. That puts 2014 auto parts...

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Auto Parts Sales: Is Google Forecasting a Good 2nd Quarter?

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A promising second quarter of 2014 for auto parts and tire sales may be on the way, based off data from Google Trends. The ability to use Google Trends to forecast certain things such as flu outbreaks is well documented. We used data from Google to plot changes in search volume for the Vehicle Parts & Accessories search category (blue line), against changes in retail sales of auto parts, accessories and tires (red). The correlation is stunning. This chart shows changes in search volume for all searches in the US in the Vehicle Parts & Accessories category. This is plotted against against changes...

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Top 6 Auto Aftermarket Trends Halfway Through 2013

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Automobile and truck sales are up this year, so here are the top six auto industry trends and aftermarket trends to watch based on vehicle registrations for the first half of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012. Total vehicle registrations are up +7.6% over last year, with 7,755,110 total new vehicles registered through June 2013. Here are the automotive trends that are really driving sales growth this year: Auto Industry Trend 1: Trucks and SUVs are hot. New car registrations are up 4.9% but light trucks and SUVs, like this Ford F-150 (right), are helping fuel the...

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Aftermarket Marketing: 2013 Online Sales of Auto Parts & Accessories Growing

Online sales of auto parts and accessories 2013

Note: this article is originally from June 2013,  for an updated forecast, click here for a more current article. Online sales of auto parts and accessories continue to significantly outpace brick and mortar sales. It’s one of the biggest auto aftermarket industry trends to watch for 2013. The growth in online sales of auto parts has been much faster than the rest of the industry for many years. This year will continue that trend and we’re forecasting online sales to grow by 15.5% from 2012. We’re projecting online sales of auto parts and accessories to be nearly $4.4 billion...

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November 2012: Monthly Vehicle Sales vs Consumer Confidence

November 2012: Monthly Vehicle Sales vs Consumer Confidence

New automotive industry statistics: After a somewhat slow October 2012, the auto industry saw an increase in light vehicle sales for November 2012. October brought somewhat sluggish auto sales, yielding a Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) of 14.23M, November came in strong with 1.14 million units sold, raising the SAAR to 15.48M. Experts are observing that the sales are partly driven by the devastation left behind by Hurricane Sandy. Edmunds.com noted that about 30,000 sales of automobiles were lost or deferred in October due to the superstorm. Also, between 200,000 and 250,000 vehicles were damaged or destroyed by Sandy,...

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September Slowdown for Auto Parts Retail Sales

Retail sales through auto parts stores were down again compared to one year ago. September sales were down 4% from September 2011, following a 1% decline in August. Auto parts retail sales for the first half of 2012 posted better than a 5% increase from 2011, aided in part by unseasonably warm weather in January and February; the second half of this year tells a different story, however. The third quarter ended with about a 1% decrease from the third quarter of 2011. Total October retail sales as reported by the government were down 0.3% from September, a sign...

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Why New Car Auto Sales Are Rising

SAAR and consumer confidence

With monthly auto sales rising here are reasons for the continuing increase in automobile and light truck sales in the face of a weak economy. The auto industry tracks monthly unit sales as a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) figure, which has been steadily rising since the summer of 2009. Monthly auto sales in September 2012 hit 14.9 million units, the highest level in over four years. And it could have been even higher because September was soft for fleet sales, meaning the September surge was primarily based on consumer demand (which in itself is a good economic sign,...

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The Top 5 Most Sold Vehicles of 2012

The Top 5 Most Sold Vehicles of 2012

The automotive industry has been on the path to recovery with vehicle sales up from last year’s numbers and holding strong. A variety of different makes and models of trucks are leading the pack in sales; here is a look at the stats of the top 5. The top 5 most sold vehicles as of September, 2012 are: 1). Ford F-Series Pickup Trucks – Ford’s popular truck series is the top selling vehicle so far with 463,733 units sold as of September 2012. At this time last year, Ford had sold 416,388 F-Series trucks, marking a rise of 11%...

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A Sign Auto Parts Retail Sales Are Slowing?

Today’s trend is a little concerning: the growth in auto parts sales is slowing down compared to the first half of 2012. This is important to watch as you plan your company’s automotive aftermarket forecast for 2013. Auto parts trends 2012 Retail sales of auto parts went negative for the second time this year. August 2012 showed a slight drop from 2011, following a decent July (up about 3.5%) and a slight drop in June. We’re holding to our forecast that the year will come in between 3% and 4% over 2011 but we’ll be watching economic signs closely...

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Trend 19: Auto Sales Rise in August and September

The US automotive industry has always played a large part in the economy, and the same industry that once needed a taxpayer bailout to stay alive may be the one to stave off another recession. Over the past two years, Ford Motor Co., General Motors Corp., Chrysler Group and other auto companies have added 90,000 manufacturing jobs—a 14% increase—according to federal employment data. New vehicle sales in August neared 1.3 million, according to Autodata Corp. This is the highest monthly sales figure since August 2007. After this surge in vehicle sales, analysts announced that they expect the industry will...

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Retail Auto Parts Sales Outlook for 2012

Welcome back to our blog! Today we’ll look at auto aftermarket Trend 25: Our outlook for retail auto parts and accessories sales for 2012 and two important industry trends you should know: Auto parts trends 2012 1). January-June 2012 showed about a 5.4% increase over 2011 despite June showing a decrease from one year ago. June 2012 went negative partially because June 2011 was a huge month. Still, it was the first month that didn’t show an increase over the previous year since February 2010 and that’s a concern. Even with June showing a decrease, the first half of...

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Trend 29: SEMA CDI, Consumer Confidence And a September Rebound

SEMA Consumer Demand Index

Today’s market research trend: Consumer Demand and Confidence improved in September. The SEMA Consumer Demand Index (CDI) and Consumer Confidence rebounded in September. The SEMA CDI jumped to 45, the highest level since it hit 57 back in October, 2010. Consumer Confidence made a 9-point jump from August, the highest it has been since February. We like to track CDI (blue line, left scale) against Consumer Confidence (red line, right scale) since they track closely to each other. It’s also a unique combination of intent to buy (the SEMA CDI) and how consumers feel. This is important because Consumer...

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