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DIY projects and discretionary purchases fuel 4 percent aftermarket increase

Paint, body repair, and light-duty shop equipment lead the way, while some top gaining categories from last fall are experiencing decreases

Port Washington, N.Y.—Do-it-yourself (DIY) and discretionary categories tied to at-home car projects were at the top of the performance chart and the primary contributors to the automotive
aftermarket’s 4 percent dollar sales growth in the first half of 2020, according to a study by The NPD Group released on Wednesday.

“Lower gas prices, coupled with an anti-viral society that is limiting mass transportation and
favoring road over air travel, have led to a greater reliance on car usage,” said Nathan Shipley, executive director and industry analyst for U.S. Automotive at The NPD Group.

Shipley added, “Consumers tend to watch their spending in periods of economic uncertainty and often do more DIY — a sales generator and relationship builder for the aftermarket. This is an
optimal moment to encourage car care education among younger generations and
influence a new wave of DIY behavior that could last for years to come.”

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