• How does AAIA serve the automotive aftermarket supplier industry?
  • AAIA serves the industry as the voice of the automotive aftermarket supplier industry. Recognized as one of the nation’s strongest and most prominent trade organizations with more than 100 years of experience, AASA’s sole mission is to help our members, the North American aftermarket suppliers, to be more profitable, innovative and competitive on a global scale.
  • How do I join AAIA?
  • AAIA membership includes the leading full service automotive aftermarket suppliers. It is open to automotive aftermarket suppliers based in North America or with major manufacturing facilities in North America. Dues are based on annual North American aftermarket sales. Any recognized company that engages in the automotive aftermarket and/or provides products and services to automotive aftermarket industry is eligible for affiliate membership in AAIA. AAIA is viewed by its member companies and representatives as a trusted resource for information and services. Given the exclusive access AAIA has to the automotive supplier industry, it creates a unique opportunity for organizations looking to market to auto suppliers to gain maximum exposure to our members.
  • What is the relationship between AAIA and AASA?
  • AASA and the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) are completely separate organizations, both serving the automotive aftermarket. While AASA focuses solely on aftermarket suppliers and the issues affecting their businesses, AAIA is a vertical association and serves all aftermarket channels – distributor, jobber, installer, manufacturer, etc. AAIA’s primary membership is distributors and its main focus is on the issues of greatest interest to distributors. Both associations have active government affairs program and are often allied on issues. However, AASA’s exclusive supplier membership allows it to speak out on issues of most concern to aftermarket suppliers – such as R&D tax credits and federal stimulus funds – while AAIA does not. Both associations are equal owners of the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX), held annually in Las Vegas. Both also are sponsoring associations in the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) and fully participate in the planning and execution of the annual event. The associations also share responsibility for the administration of the scholarship program which GAAS proceeds fund. AASA administers the scholarship application process including: announcements of the opening of the application process, monitoring the online applications and Web site, promoting the scholarships and its recipients in the aftermarket media, promoting the state association scholarships which participate in the GAAS online application process and other duties. AAIA maintains communications with the scholarship recipients and coordinates the distribution of scholarship funds and donations.