Status of the Aftermarket – Journalist Mark Phillips [RR 538]
Mark Phillips is editor and publisher of Aftermarket Intel and has been in the automotive aftermarket for more than 12 years. Previously, he was editor of newspapers in several cities in Ohio and Boston. He is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University. Aftermarket Intel HERE.
Key Talking Points:
Automotive industry- essential industry during the pandemicLos Angeles County stay at home orders for next three months but Ohio has more than 90% of businesses are open- long road to reopening as a country
To get unemployment down to where it was (4%) it could take up to a decade or more
Easy to stop the economy and have people stay at home, harder to bring people back
Travel continued to be limited
Manufacturing facilities starting to reopen- are consumers ready to buy/lease vehicles when uncertain about employment? Opportunity for aftermarket repair businesses
GDP for the US is $20 trillion, over $20 trillion in debt- cannot stop spending
New legislation of $3 trillion for a relief package
Fear and uncertaintyWhat is coming? How to deal with it?
Luxury goods are no longer needed
More conservative with stimulus checks
VaccinePeople rely on what they know- most are not medical experts
Some people do not take flu shots and would be hesitant to take Covid-19 vaccine
Thanks to Mark Phillips for his contribution to the aftermarket’s premier podcast.
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