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Who Buys Source

Profiling adults 18+ who referred to the Yellow Pages for an auto parts/supply store in the past year:

GfK MRI, 2012

Of those adults 18+ who consulted the Yellow Pages for an auto parts/supply store in the past year, 64.2% were men and 35.8% were women.

GfK MRI, 2012

Adults 18+ who used the Yellow Pages to find an auto parts/supply store in the past year, by age group: 18-24, 8.2%; 25-34, 15.4%; 35-44, 16.8%; 45-54, 25.5%; 55-64, 18.1%; 65+, 16.0%.

GfK MRI, 2012

Adults 18+ who referred to the Yellow Pages for an auto parts/supply store in the past year, by income bracket: $100,000+, 19.5%; $75-99,999, 11.9%; $60-74,999, 12.0%; $50-59,999, 8.9%; $40-49,999, 11.4%; $30-39,999, 10.1%; $20-29,999, 12.5%; under $20,000, 13.7%.

GfK MRI, 2012

Adults 18+ who consulted the Yellow Pages for an auto parts/supply store in the past year, by race: White, 79.0%; Black, 11.5%; Other, 9.5%; Hispanic origin, 9.2%.

GfK MRI, 2012

Adults 18+ who used the Yellow Pages to find an auto parts/supply store in the past year, by region: Northeast, 14.2%; Midwest, 25.7%; South, 39.3%; West, 20.8%.

GfK MRI, 2012

Adults 18+ who referred to the Yellow Pages for an auto parts/supply store in the previous year, by marital status: Single, 23.2%; married, 58.1%; separated/widowed/divorced, 18.7%.

GfK MRI, 2012

According to 2011 research by The NPD Group, 40% of Gen Yers expect to do some or all of their own auto repairs, compared to 34% of the general population.

Aftermarket Business World, 2011

When They Buy Source

Monthly sales of automotive parts, accessories and tire stores (3-year average, 2008-2010): January, 7.3%; February, 7.5%; March, 8.5%; April, 8.5%; May, 8.6%; June, 8.9%; July, 8.9%; August, 8.7%; September, 8.4%; October, 8.7%; November, 7.9%; December, 8.1%.

U.S. Department of Commerce, 2011

Why They Buy Source

According to a survey conducted by AutoMD.com, "saving money" ranks as the number one reason why do-it-yourselfers choose to work on their own vehicles. The second most popular answer is "because I enjoy it."

AutoMD.com, 2013

According to the annual Consumer Attitude Study, published by Aftermarket Business World magazine, the main reasons that shoppers chose a particular brand of each of these parts/accessories categories: Auxiliary lighting -- Brand name; Batteries -- Performance claim; Battery chargers -- Recommendation; Belts & hoses -- Recommendation; Brakes -- Recommendation; Chassis products -- Recommendation; Chemicals/sealants -- Recommendation; Filters -- Recommendation; Fuel pumps -- Recommendation; Oxygen sensors -- Recommendation; Starters/alternators -- Recommendation; Wheel bearings -- Brand name; Wipers -- Lowest price.

Aftermarket Business World, 2013

According to a 2013 survey of do-it-yourselfers, conducted by AutoMD.com, 96% of the respondents estimate they save over $100 yearly by buying auto parts and repairing their vehicles themselves. Nearly 60% say they save over $500, and 30% indicate they save $1,000 or more.

AutoMD.com, 2013

According to a 2012 survey by Market Force Information, 78% of auto parts customers said they were likely or very likely to drive past a competitive store to shop at their preferred auto parts retailer.

Aftermarket Business World, 2012

How They Buy Source

A 2012 survey of more than 4,400 auto parts consumers, conducted by Market Force Information, found that two-thirds of the shoppers compared prices ahead of time, and half checked prices at two or more locations.

Aftermarket Business World, 2012

Based on a survey conducted by Hedges & Company, owners of '01-'11 full-size pickup trucks spend an average of $875 on accessories, while owners of mid-size pickups spend an average of $486. 

Specialty Equipment Market Association, 2011

A 2011 study by Foresight Research found that 44% of all new-vehicle buyers spent at leat $250 on accessories.

F&I Magazine, 2011

What They Buy Source

Types of vehicle maintenance/repair activities done most often by do-it-yourselfers: Replace battery, 95.1%; replace wiper blades, 94.6%; replace headlamp bulbs, 94.5%; replace air filters, 93.8%; add antifreeze, 93.3%; change oil, 90.4%; change oil filters, 90.3%; replace spark plugs, 87.6%; replace brake pads, 86.7%; replace fuel filters, 79.0%; flush radiator/cooling system, 70.8%; repair ignition wire set, 63.5%; replace transmission filters, 50.5%; recharge/repair AC, 45.2%; change muffler, 41.9%.

AutoMD.com, 2013

Where They Buy Source

Top auto parts retailers, based on number of stores at the end of 2012 (with 2012 sales in parentheses): 1. AutoZone, 4,685 ($8.6 billion); 2. O'Reilly Automotive, 4,000 ($6.2 billion); 3. Advance Auto Parts, 3,794 ($6.2 billion); 4. General Parts International (Carquest), 3,000 (N/A); 5. Genuine Parts Company (NAPA), 1,100 ($6.3 billion); 6. The Pep Boys, 700+ ($2.1 billion); 7. Uni-Select USA, 450 ($1.8 billion); 8. Fisher Auto Parts, 400+ (N/A); 9. Replacement Parts Inc., 155 ($217 million); 10. Hahn Automotive Warehouse, 93 ($215 million).

Aftermarket Business World, 2013

A 2012 survey of more than 4,400 consumers, conducted by Market Force Information, asked the respondents to rate how satisfied they were with their experiences at various auto parts retailers. CARQUEST came out on top, followed by NAPA, O'Reilly, Advance Auto Parts, AutoZone and Pep Boys.

Aftermarket Business World, 2012

Primary purchase locations where consumers buy auto batteries: Auto chain, 48%; discount store, 17%; independent repair shop, 9%; independent auto store, 8%; dealership, 5%.

Aftermarket Business World, 2011

Principal locations where consumers purchase chassis products: Auto chain, 39%; dealership, 19%; independent repair shop, 9%; mail order/catalog, 9%; online/Internet, 9%.

Aftermarket Business World, 2011

Primary retail locations where consumers buy water pumps: Auto chain, 42%; independent auto store, 12%; dealership, 9%; online/Internet, 9%; discount store, 6%.

Aftermarket Business World, 2011

Primary purchase locations for consumer purchases of motor oil: Auto chain, 47%; discount store, 25%; independent auto store, 8%; independent repair shop, 8%; dealership, 5%.

Aftermarket Business World, 2011

Primary purchase locations for consumer purchases of replacement shocks and struts: Auto chain, 38%; independent repair shop, 15%; online/Internet, 15%; dealership, 8%; other, 15%.

Aftermarket Business World, 2011

Primary retail outlets where consumers buy windshield wiper blades: Auto chain, 48%; discount store, 22%; independent auto store, 9%; dealership, 7%; independent repair shop, 5%.

Aftermarket Business World, 2011

Primary retail outlets where consumers purchase antifreeze/coolant: Auto chain, 52%; discount store, 27%; independent repair shop, 7%; independent auto store, 6%; department store, 4%.

Aftermarket Business World, 2011

Business Trends Source

The U.S. automotive aftermarket industry generated estimated overall sales of $307.7 billion in 2012, up 3.5% from the previous year. Sales in the automotive aftermarket (cars and light trucks) totaled $231.2 billion in 2012, while sales in the medium and heavy duty vehicle aftermarket amounted to $76.5 billion

Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association, 2013

The U.S. market for automotive specialty equipment products generated sales of $31.32 billion in 2012, up 4.4% from the previous year. The growth in 2012 was largely attributed to an increase in the street performance niche -- the largest segment of the industry -- which accounted for $7.47 billion in sales.

Specialty Equipment Market Association, 2013

According to a 2013 survey conducted by AutoMD.com, 90% of do-it-yourselfers report either doing the same amount or more (42%) of their own auto repairs and maintenance this year, versus the previous year.

AutoMD.com, 2013

Total sales of the nation's auto parts, accessories and tire stores amounted to $77.163 billion in 2010, up from $74.483 billion in 2009. In 2008, revenues totaled $76.560 billion.

U.S. Department of Commerce, 2011