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Glossary

Glossary

  • Aftermarket or AfterMarket –

    • The market for spare parts, especially for motor vehicles.
  • Application Specific Part –

    • A term used to refer to automotive parts that only fit certain vehicles. Example: a set of brake pads that will fit a Nissan car will most likely not fit a Ford truck.
  • Automotive Retailer/Retail Auto Parts Store –

    • A retail automotive parts store.
    • Most automotive retailer locations are part of the Advance Auto, AutoZone, or O’Reilly Auto Parts chains of stores.
  • Changeover –

    • A procedure during which automotive products from one brand are relabeled or reboxed into that of another brand and renumbered in order to be stocked by the new vendor’s part numbering system. A changeover is usually the result of the discontinuance of one vendor’s product line in favor of that of another vendor.
  • Core –

    • The body or housing of a used or non-functioning auto part that can be remanufactured to produce a working unit very much like a toner cartridge core.
  • Feeder –

    • A special kind of Automotive Warehouse distributor that supplies the market with Automotive Chemicals, Accessories, Appearance Products, Automotive Lighting, non-application specific parts, etc.
  • Installer –

    • The garage or repair shop where automotive work is completed.
    • Automotive Technician (This can viewed as an unfavorable term when referring to a person). Preferable reference – Tech or Technician
  • Interchange –

    • Often referred to as a cross-reference, an interchange is a part number reference chart or spreadsheet that lists the part numbers offered by two or more competing vendors or manufacturers. The chart lists the part numbers of different vendors that fit the same vehicles next to one another.
    • Example Vendor A produces a specific part that fits a certain Audi vehicles. Vendor B also produces a like part that fits that same vehicle. An interchange would list the part number from Vendor A that fits that vehicle next to the part number from Vendor B that fits that same vehicle.
  • Jobber –

    • A traditional store where auto parts can be purchased wholesale. Often referred to as a “Mom and Pop Auto Parts store.” Not to be confused with a retail auto parts store.
  • Manufacturer –

    • The company that makes Auto Parts.
    • This term is often interchangeable with Vendor. Most Manufacturers are Vendors as they sell their own products but not all Vendors are Manufacturers.
  • Manufacturer’s Representative –

    • An individual that provides the sales and service function for a manufacturer or vendor and gets paid a commission on the goods that they sell.
    • Also referred to as a Manufacturer’s Rep (also Rep), Manufacturer’s Broker (also Broker), or Manufacturer’s Agent (or Agent).
  • Remanufactured Part –

    • An auto part that has be refurbished to function like new. Some components are reused from the core some are replaced with new components.
  • Traditional Warehouse or Warehouse Distributor (or WD) –

    • A distribution center of automotive parts. WD’s, as they are often referred to, can be either 2- step (sells directly to the Installer/Garage) or 3-Step (sells to the store/jobber that sells to the Installer/Garage)
  • Vendor –

    • The seller of automotive parts to Warehouse Distributors or Retailers – the first step in the distribution model. The Warehouse Distributor and Retailer consider the company from which they buy products to be their vendor.
    • Also - The seller of automotive parts to the Installer. Installers consider the company from which they buy parts to be a vendor.
    • Please note that not all Vendors are Manufacturers. Some vendors are packagers of goods from manufacturers and market the product under a marketing brand. Some vendors are Distributors only and produce no goods.