Associations & Magazines

Published: Apr 19, 2011
Last Updated: Jun 6, 2018
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Associations & Magazines Are Great Sources of Industry Information

In this section we have gathered some of the most popular information sources, such as trade journals, magazines, blogs, and association websites. Industry information is always changing. For the latest news, current issues and popular opinions, try following one or more of these sources. In addition, interacting with the websites that provide this information through commenting and asking questions may also provide you with more information.


Trade associations often publish free industry newsletters that are excellent sources of information for your business plan. Such newsletters often have articles that cover in-depth topics on business management, manufacturing practices, how-tos, and current industry news.

Canadian Automobile Dealers Association (CADA) | The CADA is the national association for franchised automobile and truck dealerships that sell new cars and trucks in Canada.

North American Automobile Trade Association (NAATA) | The North American Automobile Trade Association (NAATA) started in 1996, to represent the interests of vehicle dealers who imported and exported motor vehicles across international borders. Check out their Directory of Cross-Border Motor Vehicle Specialists.

New Car Dealers Association of BC | "The association speaks on behalf of British Columbia's new car industry to the public, media, and government, and deals primarily with the legal, environmental, and consumer issues relating primarily to new vehicle sales in British Columbia."

Automotive Retailers Association  of BC (ARA) | The ARA was formed in 1951 to provide a collective voice for the Automotive Service Industry in British Columbia.

National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) | NADA represents over 17,000 American new car dealers and is the national voice of the US auto sales industry.


ASAE Gateway to Associations Directory
Use this directory to search for an association by name, interest area, or international geographic location (including Canada and BC). You can also search using a combination of various fields.


Magazines / Trade Journals

Trade journals (often called magazines or trade publications) can be very useful in helping you find current articles relating to business research. Contact your local research library to determine which trade journal subscriptions they have. There are also free trade publications that you can access online. 

Canadian Auto Dealer
Canadian auto dealer magazine is a new publication for dealer principals and senior managers at Canada's automobile dealerships. Published 8 times per year and available for online viewing.

A leading source of Automotive news from around the world, Ward's offers a variety of print and online publications to meet your information needs.

Auto Dealer Monthly
This US based trade magazine is available online - or browse their other online content (how-to / blogs / webinars).


Try searching Ulrichs Periodical Directory to develop a list of important trade publications in your industry.