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December 6, 2012
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News for Automotive Aftermarket Professionals

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  • Lang Aftermarket Insight: Driving nosedive pushes 2012 toward mileage decline
    "September mileage (the latest month available) plunged 1.5%, the sharpest monthly drop since October 2011. Mileage was negative in three of the past six months, cutting the 2012 year-to-date driving increase more than half since May, and reducing it to the lowest point of the year. Prospects for October miles (when reported next month) are not bright, given the nearly $3.75 average October pump price and the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy across a wide section of the east coast. As a result, Lang Marketing is reducing its projection for total 2012 mileage growth and forecasting annual 2012 miles will be lower than 2004 driving." View Lang Aftermarket Insight for a complete analysis. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AAIA News 
  • Economic and business confidence improves slightly among aftermarket business leaders
    Results of the joint Business Confidence Index for October 2012, show that aftermarket business leaders were roughly four times more confident in the future of the automotive aftermarket over the next 12 months, than they were regarding the economy in general, reports AAIA and Northwood University. The overall AAIA/Northwood University Automotive Aftermarket Business Confidence Index for October was -5.77, an improvement from September’s reading of -15.94 in September. The overall AAIA/Northwood University Automotive Aftermarket Economic Confidence Index for October was -23.73, down slightly from -23.19 in September. The 23rd installment of the survey was sent to members today. Results will be calculated monthly and reported in AAIA SmartBrief. Member responses will be used solely in the aggregate and for the purpose of providing empirical information. For more information, contact AAIA market intelligence at 301-654-6664 or Timothy G. Nash, Northwood University, at 989-837-4323. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • November AAIA Industry Indicators Report now available online
    The Industry Indicators Report is a statistical compilation of key economic variables that are released each month by a variety of business and government sources. The monthly Industry Indicators Report is an AAIA member-only benefit. Reports and commentary are posted in the Knowledge Center on the AAIA website and are accessible through AAIA user name and password. For questions regarding this report, e-mail Ron Rossi or go online for more information on AAIA membership. If you need assistance with your user name and password, contact the AAIA membership department at 301-654-6664. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Car Care Council News 
  • The Car Care Council announces holiday Twitter contest
    Want to win a $100 gas card this holiday season? Tweet an image of your car decorated for the holidays to: @CarCareCouncil with hashtag #CCCHolidays and the link in your tweet. For example:
    • @CarCareCouncil Hope to win your $100 gas card #CCCHolidays
    The winning photo will be selected by the Car Care Council staff and the winner will be notified by Dec. 21. The grand prize will be a $100 gas card, your car's photo on display as a main carousel image on the Car Care Council website during January 2013 and posted to the official Car Care Council Pinterest page. All entries received will be featured on the website and Pinterest page. The deadline to enter is Dec. 19. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • A word to the wise: Winterize
    Winterizing your vehicle is a wise idea, says the Car Care Council. An investment of an hour or two to have your vehicle checked is all it takes to have peace of mind and help avoid the cost and hassle of a breakdown during severe weather. "The last thing any driver needs is a vehicle that breaks down in cold, harsh winter weather," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "A vehicle check before the temperatures drop is a sensible way to avoid the inconvenience of being stranded out in the cold and with the unexpected expense of emergency repairs." The Car Care Council is the source of information for the "Be Car Care Aware" consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For a copy of the council’s Car Care Guide or for more information, visit the Car Care website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business Strategies 
  • Give your employees what they need to boost productivity
    Your company can't be run at maximum efficiency if your employees aren't reaching their potential, so you should ask them what resources they require, Glenn Llopis writes. "Asking your employees what they need to be successful is not only an act of empowerment but also of trust," he writes. "This is an extremely effective and genuine way of building camaraderie, unity and efficiency." Forbes (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 5 ways to engage your employees during the holidays
    It can be hard to concentrate during the holidays, but you can make sure your employees stay engaged by offering them some scheduling flexibility and planning some sort of event to celebrate the season, according to Allan Steinmetz of Inward Strategic Consulting. It also might be a good idea to provide your staff with free gift-wrapping services to relieve some of the stress that comes with the holidays. CBS MoneyWatch (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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