Frequently Asked Questions About AAIA Membership, Benefits and Programs
Market Intelligence and Industry Data
Education and Training
Discounts and Money-saving Programs
Q: What makes AAIA the best trade association for the motor vehicle aftermarket?
A: AAIA is the only aftermarket trade association that represents the entire distribution channel. AAIA’s vertically integrated membership includes manufacturers, warehouse distributors, jobbers, retailers, service chains, manufacturers’ reps and independent repair shops and other aftermarket-related businesses and organizations. Only AAIA provides suppliers with direct access to buyers and vice versa. Finally, AAIA represents the aftermarket and only the aftermarket. AAIA will never be forced to compromise its principles or positions in order to accommodate the OE sector of the marketplace.
Q: Who is eligible to join AAIA?
A: Companies are eligible for AAIA membership if they are primarily engaged in the manufacture, supply, distribution or sale of parts and supplies for the motor vehicle aftermarket, or in providing management, marketing, or other business services to the aftermarket industry.
Q: How do I join AAIA and how much are my dues?
A: Joining is easy! Click here to download a membership application and fax, email or mail in the completed form. AAIA’s sliding dues scale is based on the member’s annual, global aftermarket sales.
Q: When is my membership renewed?
A: Membership is renewed annually on the date that you joined AAIA. Members can renew by mail, fax, wire transfer or on-line.
Q: What is an AAIA ”segment” and how do I choose which one to belong to?
A: AAIA is built around 8 “segments,” each representing a distinct product line or business function within the aftermarket industry. Upon joining AAIA, every member selects a segment that is of most interest to their business. Click here to learn more about AAIA’s segments.
Q: Can I join more than one segment?
A: Yes. Members with interests in more than one area of the industry may join additional AAIA segments for just $400. These “Plus” memberships allow your company to participate in, and enjoy full member benefits from multiple sectors of AAIA and the aftermarket.
Market Intelligence and Industry Data
Q: I need industry information and data. Can AAIA help me?
A: Members have unlimited access to AAIA’s Knowledge Center; a searchable, on-line reference library of industry data and information. AAIA staff are also available to answer questions and help find information for any dues-paying member company.
Q: Where can I find Part Replacement Rates, product sales data, industry trends and other crucial data?
A: AAIA’s award-winning Automotive Aftermarket Factbook is the industry’s first choice for critical market data and trend information. The AAIA Factbook can also be paired with the Lang Aftermarket Annual, featuring a comprehensive analysis light vehicle sales volume for 80 key aftermarket product categories, sales percentage growth, light vehicle product growth and much more.
Q: Do members receive a complimentary copy of the latest Aftermarket Factbook?
A: Yes, in early summer all members receive the latest version of AAIA’s annual Factbook, the aftermarket industry’s standard reference for tracking financial and demand trends... and it’s free to all AAIA members!
Q: What is AAIA’s monthly “Industry Indicators Report” and how do I get it?
A: The Industry Indicators Report is a statistical compilation of key indicators affecting the aftermarket industry and your business. AAIA’s market research department compares new data to the same month of the previous year then identifies the impact to businesses as favorable, unfavorable or indeterminate. The monthly Industry Indicators Report is an AAIA member-only benefit, posted in the Knowledge Center section of the AAIA Web site.
Q: What’s “Industry Week”?
A: Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week (AAIW) takes place each year in Las Vegas during the first week of November. Two major trade shows take place concurrently: AAPEX and SEMA. In addition, many other organizations conduct conferences and events in conjunction with Industry Week. With more than 160,000 attendees, Industry Week is truly the aftermarket’s main gathering place for the year.
Q: What’s the difference between AAPEX and the SEMA Shows?
A: The Automotive Aftermarket Product Expo (AAPEX) and the Specialty Equipment Marketers Association Show (SEMA) serve separate but highly compatible markets within the motor vehicle aftermarket. SEMA exhibitors and attendees tend to serve the car enthusiast marketplace, including restorers, hot-rodders and those interested primarily in performance products. AAPEX focuses on the more traditional vehicle repair and maintenance market and features exhibitors who provide hard parts, supplies and services to professional and retail customers.
Q: I want to exhibit at the AAPEX Show in Las Vegas. Do I qualify for the AAIA member discount on booth space?
A: AAIA member manufacturers and business service providers with annual aftermarket sales of $1 million or more qualify for a 43 percent discount on standard AAPEX booth rates, a savings of $1,500 off the cost of each 10’ x 10’ booth. In order to receive this discount, membership in AAIA must activated by Oct. 1. Click here to learn more about the AAPEX show.
Q: What does AAIA stand for when it comes to Legislative or Regulatory Issues?
A: AAIA will fight any attempt to curtail or eliminate the right of motorists to choose where they get their vehicles repaired/maintained and what parts and supplies are used for that service. Further, AAIA opposes any efforts to limit the ability of companies to legally manufacture, sell or install aftermarket parts or to service and repair motor vehicles. We are committed to keeping the aftermarket industry viable, profitable and free from burdensome and/or unwarranted rules and regulations.
Q: What is AAPAC and what are contributions used for?
A: AAIA's Automotive Aftermarket Political Action Committee (AAPAC) is a pool of members’ private donations that financially supports the election campaigns of U.S. senators and representatives who share the industry's goals of consumer choice, free trade, reasonable regulation and a free and competitive aftermarket. By ensuring access to key federal legislators, AAPAC allows the association to effectively educate Congress about the automotive aftermarket.
Q: How do I contribute to AAPAC?
A: Contributions to political action committees are tightly controlled by the Federal Election Commission (FEC). They are strictly voluntary and not tax deductible. AAPAC contributions may only come from personal funds; corporate donations cannot be accepted. Visit the AAPAC page for details.
Q: How can AAIA’s technology standards help my business?
A: AAIA is the acknowledged leader in developing standards and best practices in e-commerce and technology. We serve as a neutral facilitator allowing competitors and trading partners from all industry segments to collaborate on solutions that benefit the entire aftermarket.
Standards developed by AAIA specifically for the aftermarket can increase the speed, efficiency and accuracy of critical data transfers, lowering the operating costs for all business partners. Click here for more information on AAIA’s technology standards.
Education and Training
Q: What education/training programs does AAIA sponsor?
A: AAIA sponsors a variety of educational events, materials and resources for aftermarket companies and their employees. Sessions are offered during AAPEX, at various AAIA segment conferences, as webinars throughout the year and in conjunction with other organizations (e.g. GAAS).
Q: What meetings or other events are available to AAIA members?
A: AAIA sponsors a large number of events that cater to virtually all sectors of the aftermarket industry. These include our two major trade shows: AAPEX and HDAW, our Spring and Fall Leadership Days, numerous segment-specific conferences and functions as well as events hosted by our affiliated communities.
Q: How can I become involved as a volunteer leader at AAIA?
A: Being a volunteer leader within AAIA or its segments requires commitment and a willingness to work. However, the rewards can be substantial. There are numerous boards and committees on which interested members can serve. Rosters for these groups rotate in a predictable way, so opportunities to serve routinely become available. For more information, members should contact the chair or staff liaison of the committee or board they wish to pursue.
Discounts and Money-saving Programs
Q: How can I save money through AAIA membership?
A: Members who take advantage of AAIA’s programs and products can save thousands of dollars through discounts on education, market research and business services. Member discounts on trade show participation, technology standards and other AAIA programs can easily exceed the cost of membership.
Q: Can AAIA help me find insurance for my business?
A: Yes. AAIA, in coordination with affiliated state aftermarket associations offers a wide variety of business insurance products. Because they specialize in aftermarket companies, state association insurance programs can be tailored to your business, often at very competitive rates. Click here for more information on aftermarket business insurance.
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