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The average age of cars on U.S. roads has never been higher, and even the best-built vehicles...

The average age of cars on U.S. roads has never been higher, and even the best-built vehicles need maintenance, causing Morgan Keegan's John Lawrence to take a shine to automotive aftermarket retailers. AZO and MNRO have already sped past estimates, and he thinks related companies such as GT, PNK and SAH also look like winners.
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  • tigersam
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    Because Average person gets tired of old car every four years. It is in our blood to change car every four years.
    20 May 2011, 02:22 PM Reply Like
  • OptionManiac
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    Couple the above with the lack of new cars built in 2008 and 2009, and the lack of parts coming from Japan, just wait for new car sales to surge in the coming years.
    20 May 2011, 02:30 PM Reply Like
  • Duude
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    I'm not convinced there is as much pent-up demand as there has been in years prior. The average age of cars on American roads is a fine indicator of a slipping standard of living on average.
    20 May 2011, 03:30 PM Reply Like
  • OptionManiac
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    Also a fine indicator of the quality of the cars. Used cars are still selling at a premium, above blue book depending on the model. There will be a breaking point.
    22 May 2011, 05:18 PM Reply Like
  • rubberoptions
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    consumers are buying used tires instead of brand new premium brands. otherwise they would go for private label Japanese brands such as Falken or Ohtsu etc2
    23 May 2011, 10:04 AM Reply Like
  • OptionManiac
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    Buying used tires? You mean recaps? Haven't heard that.
    23 May 2011, 10:48 AM Reply Like
  • rubberoptions
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    recaps or retreading (same thing) mainly used by trucking & bus companies because they're counting costs per mile & re-use the casings at least 3 times before buying new tires. not so much enthusiasm by owners of passenger cars/mpv/suv for recap tires.

     

    a lot of interest by the lower income in S.Central LA or the Mission district in SF for used tires.

     

    many used tires are take down's from OE by new car owners who upgrade to larger rim wheels/tires.

     

    but 2008/2009 recession slowed down that supply of used tires.
    24 May 2011, 01:47 PM Reply Like
  • OptionManiac
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    Things like this happen when MBA's start running companies.
    25 May 2011, 09:54 AM Reply Like
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