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Historic Vehicle Data Sharing Agreement to Benefit Australia’s Automotive Aftermarket Sector

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On December 15, after five years of intense campaigning by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), the heads of the biggest stakeholders in the automotive industry (both from supply and service sectors) have signed a historic Heads of Agreement to make vehicle service and repair data accessible to all.

The agreement gives Australian aftermarket enthusiasts the freedom to take their vehicles to the service supplier/vehicle repairer of their choice and have their vehicle’s fitted with third party aftermarket products with no fear of data critical to service, repair, performance and compliance being withheld by the original vehicle manufacturer.

According to Federal Minister for Small Business, Bruce Billson, the agreement is “a significant achievement for the rights of consumers and all automotive businesses, big and small.”

The main points in the agreement include:

  1. Guidelines in the resolution of disputes and the bodies governing them;
  2. Making data secure, even as they are made fully available to all; and
  3. Use of new technologies on vehicle service and repair data.

Aside from the AAAA, stakeholders present at the historic signing included the the car industry (represented by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries), the car dealers (represented by the Australian Automotive Dealers Association), the retail motor trades (represented by the Australian Motor Industry Federation), car owners (represented by the Australian Automobile Association).

AAAA Executive Director Stuart Charity said “the agreement is a win-win-win for all parties. It promotes consumer choice for owners of 17 million vehicles – particularly those in regional areas where there are fewer dealerships. It helps 22,000 small workshops remain business. And the vehicle manufacturers will earn a fair price for the data that they share.”

Aftermarket Windfall

This is a welcome news not only for Australian aftermarket enthusiasts but for the whole Australian aftermarket sector as well, considering that the automotive aftermarket manufacturing sector is a $4 billion/year industry in terms of sales, employing 36 percent (16,000 out of 45,000) of Australian auto industry workers.

The aftermarket industry is growing – fueled by Australian boom-time cash and Australians’ passion for vehicle customization – a growth relatively unaffected by Australia’s decline in the vehicle manufacturing supply sector.  The data sharing agreement stands to provide a huge benefits for Australia’s automotive aftermarket industry as a whole.

PARts Australia is one such beneficiary of the data sharing agreement. PARts supports the aftermarket industry by providing complete product to vehicle application data management solutions for manufacturers, wholesalers and dealers. This means a more integrated aftermarket ecosystem for suppliers and sellers.

Using TecDoc, ACES/PIES and other vehicle product standards, PARts provides not only onsite product and fitment management applications for clients’ data, it also provides web-based solutions for data enquiry, lookup and e-commerce.

Before the historic vehicle data sharing agreement, PARts like others, had some difficulty in the distribution of data online for e-tailing and e-commerce due to various restrictions, making it impossible for some critical data to be sent to those who needed it. With the freeing of data through the new data sharing agreement, the doors have been opened for a smoother sharing of critical data, providing opportunities for valuable but previously unavailable data to be shared and incorporated under the many global vehicle data standards PARts supports, and the many brands and organizations that connect to their data using the PARts system. More data freedom means more opportunities for enterprising minds in the aftermarket sector.

Contact us to find out how PARts can augment your business.