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Auto Parts Distributors – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 5013  |  NAICS 423120

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Auto Parts Wholesaling  (view report)
Used Car Parts Wholesaling  (view report)
Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample industry research reports and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

Aftermarket Business World

Monthly publication features news and information for automotive products wholesalers and retailers, with topics covered in various issues including industry news and issues, market trends and analysis, market opportunities, business management, product news, and technology. Archived digital editions are available free online, with free digital subscription and e-news alerts available to qualified parties.

Babcox Media, Inc.
Resources available from this organization include:

Counterman / digital-archive
Monthly trade journal features news and information for automotive aftermarket products distributors, with special features including the "Distribution Preview" which looks at the year ahead, the "Midyear Update" which looks ahead to second-half opportunities, and the "P.A.R.T.S. Survey" which surveys auto repair shops and technicians on where, how, and why they purchase specific types of products.

Professional Automotive Repair Technician Survey (P.A.R.T.S.)
Annual survey provides information on where, how, and why repair technicians source specific types of products, with product categories covered by the survey including brake friction, clutch kits, diesel injectors, fuel pumps, gaskets, ignition coils, O2 sensors, oil and air filters, spark plugs, starters and alternators, and wheel bearings. Survey is available free online in September issue of "Counterman".

Auto Care Association
Publications available from this trade association include:

Auto Care Factbook
Annual factbook provides a comprehensive analysis of the auto care industry, with topics addressed including historical sales trends and forecasts, auto care segmentation, sales by distribution channel, program and retail distribution, service and retail outlets, service and retail outlet analysis, consumer profile, motor vehicle parts replacement rates, and top replacement rate categories by age of vehicle.

Lang Aftermarket Annual
Comprehensive report provides in-depth analysis of the light vehicle aftermarket, with topics covered in the report including aftermarket size, product sales analysis for 80 product categories, distribution channels (e.g., traditional, specialized, original equipment, integrated, and import), service and do-it- yourself (DIY) markets, service and DIY market outlets performance, and aftermarket outlet analysis.

Freedonia Group
North American Automotive Aftermarket by Product & Performer

Comprehensive report analyzes aftermarket demand for automotive components, with data provided including historical demand and forecasts for mechanical (e.g., powertrain, steering, suspension, fuel system, exhaust, emission, and air conditioning), electrical (e.g., ignition system, battery, and lighting equipment), electronic, and exterior/structural (e.g., windows, glass, and wiper blades) components.

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Auto Parts and Supplies Distributors  Search for "423120" to see available reports

Market analysis reports provide industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Auto Parts and Supplies Distributors  Search for "423120" to see available reports
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample financial ratio analysis can be viewed free online.

IBISWorld Research Reports
Auto Parts Wholesaling
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of this report provides an analysis of industry income and expenses as a percentage of annual revenue for wholesalers that distribute products and components used in powertrain, thermal, safety, electrical, electronic, suspension, and handling systems to motor vehicle manufacturers, automotive product retailers, and service providers. Sample report is available online.

Compensation and Salary Surveys

PayScale, Inc.
Automotive Parts Wholesalers

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as general manager, warehouse manager, parts manager, outside sales representative, counterman, and warehouse associate, with distributors for which wage data is provided including AutoZone, Inc., Genuine Parts Company, LKQ Corporation, and National Automotive Parts Association, Inc. (NAPA).

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Wholesalers

Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data on a national, state, and local area basis for personnel employed in this sector which includes wholesalers that distribute automotive products and components used in powertrain, thermal, handling, safety, suspension, electrical, and electronic systems to motor vehicle manufacturers, automotive retailers, and repair shops and service centers.

BV Guides and Databases

Private company sales transaction data for over 900 industries.

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