| AutoZone is a retailer and a distributor of automotive replacement parts and accessories. Co. operates stores in the United States, including Puerto Rico and Saint Thomas, Mexico, and Brazil. Each store carries a product line for cars, sport utility vehicles, vans and light trucks, including new and remanufactured automotive hard parts, maintenance items, accessories and non-automotive products. In addition, Co. has a commercial sales program that provides commercial credit and delivery of parts and other products to local, regional and national repair garages, dealers, service stations and public sector accounts. Co. also sells the ALLDATA brand automotive diagnostic and repair software. |
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