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13AutomotiveBusinessPlanIndustryOverviewCanadianAutomotiveIndustryhasalonghistorydatingbacktotheearly1900x19swithmostofitdominatingthemanufacturingsector.Withintheafter-marketportionoftheindustrytherehasalsobeenalargeshiftthroughhistory.AftermarketaccordingtoIndustryCanadaislabeledasallproductsandservicesrelatingtotherepairandmaintenanceofavehicle.Inthepastafter-marketwastypicallydividedinto4sectorsindependentgasolinestationsindependentgaragesautomotivedealershipsandchainautomotivecentres.Coupledwiththerapidincreaseinrequiredspecializationsbecauseofthechangeinmechanicswithinthevehiclestheaftermarketcontinuestogrowtobehighlycompetitive.CompetitionCompetitionwithintheaftermarketistypicallydividedbetweensmallindependentbusinessesandlargefranchisedcorporations.Thoughbothhavetheirbenefitsconsumersgenerallypreferindependentownedcompanies.AnindependentstudyconductedbyWieseResearchAssociatesInc.withintheUnitedStatesfoundthatindependentneighborhoodautorepairshopsscoredhigherin5of7categoriesofthestudy.ThesescoresincludedAutomotiveIndustry