Auto Body Shops
SIC 7532 | NAICS 811121
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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts
Comprehensive market research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:
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State of the Industry Report
Automotive Service Association
"How's Your Business?" Survey
Annual survey covers independent collision and mechanical service and repair shops, with topics covered including company and owner characteristics, sales volume and trends, profitability trends, types of parts used, and primary sources for parts. Current and prior year survey results are available online.
Digital Collision Repair Trends
Annual statistical study provides a detailed analysis of the size and scope of this sector of the automotive aftermarket, and includes information on collision center sales; independent, chain, and franchise operations; factors influencing trends for this sector; automobile insurance coverage; and direct repair programs (DRPs).
Subscription-based service's research reports include the quarterly "Business Conditions and Repairer Optimism - Quarterly", which is a survey of shop financial performance and owners' near-term outlook for business conditions, and annual "The Changing Profile of the Collision Repair Marketplace", which includes ranking and market share data for multiple-location companies with more than $20 million in annual sales.
Paint & Body Shop
Small business market research report provides a summary overview of the auto body shop business, with topics covered including industry trends, customer demographics, workforce, leading companies, trade associations, and additional reference sources. Report can be viewed free online.
Financial Benchmarking Data
Auto Body Repair Shops
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Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.
MVP Benchmark Report
Custom financial analysis report analyzes labor, parts, and materials rates, gross profit margin, operating expenses, net profit margin, production efficiency, and more, with comparative analysis measures based on benchmark data from over 6,000 collision repair centers. Sample report is available online.
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"Personnel" section of this survey includes average salary data for various shop and office job positions, with technician salary data further segmented by DRP and non-DRP classifications, and also includes information on typical staffing levels and fringe benefits offered to employees. All information is available free online.
I-Car Education Foundation
Snapshot of the Collision Repair Industry
"Technician Income" section of this survey includes compensation and benefits data for body repair technicians, with compensation data broken out by shop size based on sales, job classification, level of training, and ASE certification. Executive summary and full study are available online.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Occupational Outlook Handbook - Automotive Body and Glass Repairers
Information provided for this occupational category includes a description of the nature of the work and the work environment, number and types of jobs, education and training requirements, wages and earnings, employment outlook, and sources for additional information. All information is available free online.
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Business Valuation Resources
Small Business Valuation Multiples
Comprehensive reference guide provides market-based business valuation multiples for small businesses in more than 200 industries. Valuation multiples are derived from actual business sales transactions as reported by BIZCOMPS®, with the primary focus on small companies priced at less than $1 million.