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 contribute ideas.

Welcome to the

Automotive Interiors Association

Members Portal

Who are we?

We are a trade association of automotive upholstery shops

What is our mission?

To 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

To facilitate training opportunities within our trade.

To network and form mutually beneficial relationships with car makers, fabric/materials
   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 industry.
Click on the image below and there is an option to download this treasure.


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.

DIY (do-it-yourself)

Includes people working on their own car as well as back yard mechanics and restyling businesses

Business Efficiency

Technicians have been replaced by installers - people who do not understand how and why things work, they simply install parts.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 cheapest?

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 weekends.

Clearly posted and easily explained policies on labor charges, guarantees, and accepted methods of payment