History

Serving the Automotive Retail Industry Since 1957

ara-may-jun-nov-1958Automotive Retailers Publishing (ARP) has a long, dedicated history of serving the automotive trades in Canada. ARP was founded in 1957 when the Automotive Retailers Association (ARA) purchased a monthly magazine called Western Automotive Industry from Westrade Publications. It was then renamed the Automotive Retailer.

The ARA’s 1957 annual report describes the acquisition of Western Canada’s first automotive trades magazine as “one of the organization’s proudest achievements.”

The purpose of the Automotive Retailer was to serve as a communication tool between the ARA and its members, binding the membership closer together and keeping them informed on Association activities and the latest automotive industry news. According to surveys at the time, the Automotive Retailer went on to become “the best read trade publication in the automotive field in Western Canada.”

ARP has continued in this proud tradition, and the company has evolved along with its parent, the ARA. Today, ARP produces the Association’s quarterly newsletter, ARA News, as well as two trade publications that are distributed across Canada and to some subscribers in the United States—Collision Quarterly and Tow Canada.

ARP’s inaugural title, Automotive Retailer, remains with us today as our online magazine and the umbrella under which all our titles and publishing activities stand.