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Navigating the automotive aftermarket’s digital evolution

Digital transformation in the automotive aftermarket is not just a trend, but a necessity. The shift towards digital platforms has reshaped how businesses operate, from inventory management to customer interactions. Within the digital revolution, one fundamental principle remains unchanged: what you see online should be what you get. Embracing technology, though challenging, is essential for

Video: What the future holds for the aftermarket at this year’s AAPEX

The future of the automotive aftermarket shines brightly, and AAPEX is at the forefront of this evolution. As vehicles log more miles and integrate increasingly complex electronics, the landscape of parts and repairs is diversifying. AAPEX research highlights that new products are the primary draw for attendees, making this conference a vital event for staying

Road to AAPEX season 2 finale: Where the road ends and the show begins

There’s a magical alchemy in how we get to where we’re going. A dot on the map, a full tank of gas and the open road. We navigate the twists and turns and arrive at our destination. The automotive aftermarket, however, has turned that process into a science with distribution delivering the right part to

Road to AAPEX season 2, ep. 9: The roads that connect us

The automotive aftermarket is about connections. Connections to the right parts, to the right places, to the right people. It’s the roads we travel down together that make us grow closer and bring us together. That’s the feeling that paves the Road to AAPEX as Babcox Media’s Joe Keene, an ASE-certified technician, traverses the Bonneville

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Road to AAPEX Ep. 8: Paving the way for automotive innovation

The innovation of the Lincoln Highway wasn’t just about building roads—it was about putting them on the map. The Wyoming Historical Society notes that the abandoned routes laid down by the Union Pacific railroad from 1867 to 1869 were often the best, and sometimes the only, east-west path available when developing the Lincoln Highway. In

Road to AAPEX Ep. 7: Connecting to future automotive technology

Rolling through Nebraska, Babcox Media’s Joe Keene meets kindred spirits as he drives the rare Lincoln Blackwood he refurbished for his journey to AAPEX. Along the way, he meets a family traveling the Lincoln Highway section by section, taking in sights such as the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument and the Classic Car Collection,

Road to AAPEX Ep. 6: Historic mile markers on the road of progress

It’s the unexpected moments that make a trip memorable. Babcox Media’s Joe Keene, an ASE-certified technician who fixed a rare Lincoln Blackwood, enters Iowa on his drive to AAPEX and discovers the charm of small-town America along the Lincoln Highway. A standout spot is the Lincoln Highway Hotel. The now boutique hotel, built in 1915,

Road to AAPEX Ep. 5: At the crossroad of automotive’s past and future

To know where you’re going, you have to know where you’ve been. For Babcox Media’s Joe Keene, an ASE-certified technician charged with fixing up a rare Lincoln Blackwood, it means heading back to Transtar Autobody Technologies in Detroit to put the finishing touches on the Blackwood. Then, he’ll put Babcox Media HQ in the rearview

Road to AAPEX Ep. 4, Part 2: The Lincoln Blackwood’s big service needs

The automotive service story often takes longer to tell than you might anticipate. What seems like a routine job can spiral into an epic tale of root cause analysis. Once Babcox Media’s Joe Keene, an ASE-certified technician, and his team of Babcox techs, alongside Ohio Technical College professionals and students, began tending to the Lincoln

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Road to AAPEX Ep. 4, Part 1: Shifting vehicle service gears, featuring a transmission replacement

A good project car brings people together. Driving the rare Lincoln Blackwood into Ohio Technical College (OTC) turned heads. And once Babcox Media’s Joe Keene, an ASE-certified technician, and the technicians-in-training at OTC got to pop the hood and slide under it on a creeper to get their hands in it, its service needs raised

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Road to AAPEX Ep. 2: Five score and 10 years ago, the Lincoln Highway paved the way for the future

Today, it’s the route for Babcox Media’s Joe Keene, an ASE-certified technician, who is charged with fixing a rare 2002 Lincoln Blackwood.

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Road to AAPEX Ep. 1: An offer no one could refuse

Last year, the idea was simple: Find a junker, fix it up with the best from the automotive aftermarket, and drive it to Las Vegas for AAPEX 2022. This year, it’s anything but simple. The automotive aftermarket is at the crossroads of change. Electric vehicles, driver assistance systems, autonomous vehicles, sustainability—it’s a shifting landscape. This

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