Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, automotive aftermarket parts specialist Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Advance Auto's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Advance Auto facts

Headquarters (founded) Roanoke, Va. (1929)
Market Cap $6.7 billion
Industry Automotive retail
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $6.2 billion
Management CEO Darren Jackson (since 2008)
CFO Michael Norona (since 2008)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 31.5%
Cash/Debt $57.9 million / $432.2 million
Dividend Yield 0.3%
Competitors AutoZone
CARQUEST
O'Reilly Automotive

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 91% of the 258 members who have rated Advance Auto believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

A couple of months ago, one of those Fools, Wakester0, touched on the tailwind working in the stock's favor:

In 1995, the average passenger car in operation in the U.S. was 8.4 years old, compared to 11 years old nowadays. Although new sales are starting to pick up, it will take a while before the average age comes back down. These older cars will be around for while and will need more frequent repairs; [Advance Auto] has a good business model and fills a niche to meet that demand.

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