|This is a
mock up site for a future trade association of auto
upholstery businesses. This site is intended for
potential members of that association to preview and
Welcome to the
We are a trade association of automotive upholstery
be the primary source of knowledge about
the automotive upholstery/trim industry.
To help consumers
understand what auto upholstery is and how
to choose a good shop.
To help upholstery
shops maintain professional standards and
practices and to manage a profitable
facilitate training opportunities within
To network and form
mutually beneficial relationships with car
manufacturers, and other
businesses directly related to our trade.
Historical Publications about our Trade
Although the history of upholstery goes back to the first
person to throw a fur on a rock,
automobile upholstery (like mechanical and body/paint) grew
out of the carriage and coach industry.
Thanks to Google, you can view some of the trade journals
from the very earliest days of the American automotive
Click on the image below and there is an option to download
Ideas about explaining the trade to consumers
There are three main service
industries to repair, maintain, and modify your vehicle:
Mechanical, Body/Paint, and Trim/Upholstery. Each of these
industries have been significantly changed by two factors:
do-it-yourselfers and business efficiency models.
Includes people working on their own car as
well as back yard mechanics and restyling businesses
Technicians have been replaced by installers -
people who do not understand how and why things work, they
simply install parts.
Choosing a shop
Word of mouth is often the best source of information. Ask
family, friends, co-workers, and other types of auto service
shops which shops they like and why.
Look for consumer or trade association affiliations. If a shop
is a member of the Better Business Bureau, it means that they
want to establish a sense of trust and are willing to have a
third party help you rating the business and arbitrating any
problems that may arise after service. Being members of the
local chamber of commerce, trade associations, community
organizations, etc. tells you that a business has a strong
reputation to maintain.
Are all shops the same? If so, shouldn't I look for the
As with mechanics and body/paint businesses, you'll find
everything from the big shops with showrooms and lots of
customer perks to the guy who works out of his garage at home on
Clearly posted and easily explained policies on labor charges,
guarantees, and accepted methods of payment