As we collectively take a deep breath and a sigh of relief that 2020 is behind us, we look forward to brighter days ahead in 2021 and beyond.
As you read through this issue, I think you’ll notice that there’s a feeling of hope that has permeated our industry. Although we all endured a very tough year, there seems to be a sense of optimism as we count the costs of a lost year, and pivot to take advantage of future opportunities.
Collectively, we’re moving on and making plans for when life will get back on track. At the same time, we’re very aware that life has changed, and that our businesses and our industry will have to adapt while we rethink the way we do business.
Past, present and future
I like the way Domenic Prochilo, VP of Simplicity Car Care put it in his collision column (in this issue): “Having entered a new year, we have the opportunity to sit back and consider how the collision repair business has changed.”
That’s certainly good advice. We need to take the time to re-assess where we’ve been, where we are, and how we will move ahead. The pandemic isn’t over, and there are tough times ahead, but we’ve made it so far and we can continue to succeed with the right strategies in place.
I was encouraged by the way Robert Pitt, author of our “Business Practices” column thinks about 2020. He calls it a “year where we can reflect on some of the many great things that took place.” He goes on to explain that he was, “encouraged to witness the incredible spirit and leadership of the aftermarket community.”
While some of us may choose to think back with a sense of dread, Robert chooses to focus on the way our industry stuck together during our most difficult times. That’s a lesson, and an attitude, we can all benefit from.
I find his conclusion especially encouraging: “When all is said and done, the aftermarket rose to the occasion and we should all be sincerely proud of their contribution.”
Another glass-half-full personality is our “Vehicle Values” columnist, Brian Murphy from Canadian Black Book. He sums up his views rather clearly when he says, “The most positive aspect of the 2020 story, is the amazing resiliency of the auto industry in the face of extreme adversity.”
As we look toward the future, all of us need to decide if we will do so with the positive attitude you’ll see expressed in the pages of this issue of Autosphere Mag, or if we’ll continue to wear 2020 like a crown of thorns. We’re hoping to leave the past behind, and we look forward to a brighter future.
I hope you’ll join us.