Resources

Looking for more information about the automotive and truck industry? Look no further! This resource page is dedicated to providing you links to dozens of organizations, associations, and trade publications that focus on various aspects of this industry. (And if you can't find something you're looking for, or if you know of a link we should include here, contact us!

Automotive and Truck Industry Organizations, Associations, and Acronyms

Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance (AAPA) - An autoparts distribution and marketing organization.      
 Alliance of Automotive Service Providers (AASP) - Participants include Automotive Service Councils of CA, Automotive Service Professionals of IL, Automotive Service Councils of KY, Automotive Service Councils of MI, AASP-MN, AASP-MO, AASP-Garden State, AASP-PA, and AASP-TX
 
    
   
  - Comprised of 27 regional and state associations representing the automotive aftermarket
   America's Independent Truckers' Association, Inc. (AITA)
   
   
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Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)

Association of Diesel Specialists (ADS)- Worldwide trade association for the diesel industry.  Over 700 corporate and individual members throughout the world focused on matters related to diesel fuel injection and related systems.
 
Autobody Association of Connecticut (AAC) 
  ) - Membership covers the NW region of the U.S., including WA, OR, ID, and AK
   
   
   
 Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) Automotive Industry Planning Council (AIPC)
   
   
   Automotive Oil Change Association (AOCA) - A trade association representing the fast lube industry since 1987
  - A trade association of 2000+ companies that rebuild automotive related "hard" parts, such as starters, alternators, clutches, transmissions, brakes, drive shafts, and numerous other parts for passenger cars, trucks, off-road, equipment and industrial uses.
 
Automotive Service Association (ASA)- Organization for owners and managers of automotive service businesses.  Includes ASA-AZ, ASA-Baton Rouge, ASA-Colorado, ASA-Florida, ASA-Georgia, ASA-Illinois Mechanical, ASA-Missouri/Kansas, ASA-New Orleans, ASA-North Carolina, ASA-Ohio, ASA-South Carolina, ASA-South Dakota, and ASA-Washington
   
  - Professional organization helps member companies better train their customers to understand and utilize the latest products and techniques in the automotive service trade.
 
Automotive Transmission Rebuilders Association (ATRA)
 
   
   
   
   
 Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA)
   
   
   Collision Repair Industry
  - Nonprofit professional organization.  Promotes and provides technical training for the automotive repair industry.
   
 Engine Rebuilders Association (AERA)
   Georgia Independent Automobile Dealers Association (GIADA)
   
 
Independent Auto Body Association (IABA)
 Independent Automotive Damage Appraisers Association (IADAA)
   
   
   
 
Indy Racing League (IRL) 
  - A group of 38,927 professional automotive technicians in 124 countries.
   
  - Now a part of the Tire Industry Association (TIA)
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 National Automotive Technical Education Foundation (NATEF)
 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Foundation - Automobile safety information, auto crash testing statistics, recalls, etc.
   
   
   
   
 
North Carolina Glass Association
 
   
   
   
   
 
Recycled Parts Network (RPN)
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

  - The International Tire & Rubber Association (ITRA) and the Tire Association of North America (TANA) joined together to form the Tire Industry Association (TIA)

Wisconsin Association for Career and Technical Education (WACTE)
   
   
   
 

 
             

 

Trade Publications for the
Automotive and Truck Industry                 

Aftermarket News - An online trade publication featuring articles on many industry issues, research data, and new industry news.  Available 24/7 and even includes an index that tracks how 160 publicly held automotive aftermarket companies’ stocks are performing.  (Babcox Publications)

Body Shop Business magazine – A trade magazine for collision repair shop owners, managers, and employees.  Predominantly management and industry issues, trends, legislation, and technical/how-to articles.   (Babcox Publications)

Brake & Front End magazine – A trade magazine for service shops that do a lot of undercar repairs and the technicians that work there.  Provides articles, technical information and techniques, trouble shooting, and industry news.  Suitable for both new and master technicians.  (Babcox Publications)

Counterman magazine – A trade magazine for the automotive parts distribution industry.  Provides technical and market-driven information to increase sales potential, product and automotive systems information, technical data and features, market and industry trends and issues, and sales, management, and operational strategies for automotive parts professionals.  (Babcox Publications)

Engine Builder magazine – A monthly trade magazine for employees of machine shops, custom engine builders, and those in the performance engine and production engine building markets.  Provides applications for all types of engines—cars, trucks, agricultural, marine, and more.  (Babcox Publications)

Import Car - The Complete Import Service Magazine – A trade magazine for facilities and technicians that service import vehicles.  Includes technical articles by experts, diagnostic and troubleshooting information, undercar and underhood topics, and management issues.  (Babcox Publications)

Land Line Magazine - The official publication of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association

Motor magazine - A trade publication covering the world of automotive service.  Published by Hearst Business Publishing, Inc.

Motor Age magazine - A trade publication dedicated to advancing the automotive service professional.

Off Highway Engineering magazine

Professional Automotive Repair Technician Survey - An annual supplement distributed to Counterman magazine subscribers.   (Babcox Publications)

SAE InternationalSAE International is a global association of more than   138,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries.

Tech Shop magazine - A quarterly supplement delivered to subscribers of Brake & Front End, ImportCar, and Underhood Service magazines.  

Tire Review magazine – A trade publication for tire dealers with an emphasis on improving profitability, sales strategies, industry news, and operational strategies for tire professionals.  (Babcox Publications)

Tomorrow’s Technician magazine – If you’re interested in a career in the automotive and truck industry, this publication is a must-read.  The magazine is targeted to students ages 17 to 25 who are in an automotive educational program at their high school or vocational/technical school.  An excellent resource that expands upon knowledge gained in the classroom and shows students how it applies to the big picture out in the industry.  (Babcox Publications)

Underhood Service magazine -A trade publication for automotive service professionals.  (Babcox Publications)