One of North America’s most prolific replacement automotive part suppliers to Mesa Auto Repair Shops such as Desert Heat Auto has acquired a key competing brand in the import-parts market.
AutoZone, Inc. announced on Sept. 2 that the giant supplier has reached an agreement to acquire OE import replacement parts distributor Interamerican Motor Corporation (IMC). The transaction adds IMC’s 17 U.S. locations to AutoZone’s family of 4,901 locations throughout 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, 374 stores in Mexico, and four stores in Brazil.
Known for specializing in an extensive line of parts designed for Asian and European imports, IMC has grown since 1962 into the second largest U.S. distributor of OE import replacement parts to the aftermarket and Mesa Auto Repair Shops. IMC owners Wulf Gaertner Autoparts (WGA) of Germany negotiated IMC’s sale to AutoZone as a strategic extension of distribution for WGA’s MEYLE and MEYLE HD brands within the U.S. market.
“AutoZone and IMC are a great fit,” said John Mosunic, IMC’s CEO. “This is a logical next step for both companies. AutoZone’s national footprint, exceptional culture built on customer service, and operational expertise combined with IMC’s leadership in selling to the import segment creates a powerful future growth platform.”
From the AutoZone perspective, the acquisition marks a substantial expansion of the international supplier’s inventory.
“We are excited about the IMC team joining AutoZone. The company’s leadership in import car parts coverage will be an exceptional fit with AutoZone’s current product assortment,” said AutoZone Chairman, President and CEO Bill Rhodes. “As we expand the IMC brand across the United States, we believe the IMC business model will mutually benefit both our retail and commercial customers. The combined offering is expected to deliver value for our customers and stockholders.”