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Used Car Dealers – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 5521  |  NAICS 441120

The following guide to industry research and analysis provides sources for industry statistics, trends, and forecasts, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Used Car Dealers  (view report)
Classic Car Dealers  (view report)
Comprehensive industry 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. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample industry research reports and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

National Independent Automobile Dealers Association
Resources available from this trade association include:

NIADA offers a variety of publications covering various aspects of the used automobile industry, with documents available in this section including the NIADA quarterly business confidence survey, Used Car Dealer and BHPH Dealer magazines, NAAA "On the Block" magazine covering the auto auction market, and state-specific independent automobile dealer association magazines for over 30 states.

Industry Report  Select title from "Publications" drop-down menu
Annual report provides a comprehensive analysis of the used vehicle business, with content sections including NAIDA member survey data and quarterly business confidence survey, Experian state of the automotive finance market report, NABD buy-here pay-here industry dealer benchmarks, NADA new and used vehicle market trends, and NAAA annual review and wholesale auto auction market report.

General Media LLC
UCN / Data Source Book  Select titles from "Print" drop-down menu

Biweekly publication features news and information for used automobile dealer personnel, with topics addressed in each issue including auction, dealer, finance, compliance, legal, and technology news. Annual data source book provides detailed information on the wholesale, finance, and buy-here pay- here sectors of the industry and also includes a comprehensive listing of all state trade associations.

J.D. Power and Associates
NADA Guidelines

Monthly industry update analyzes the new and used vehicle markets for automobiles and light trucks, with topics covered in this publication including new vehicle sales, major brand performance by units sold, average incentive spending, days' supply in inventory, change in wholesale vehicle prices, auto auction sales volume trends, used vehicle price forecast, and car and truck trade-in value movement.

Cherokee Media Group
Auto Remarketing Magazine

Semi-monthly trade publication features news and information for dealers and other professionals in the automobile remarketing industry, with featured topics including the auction market report (May 1 issue), top 100 independent dealers (June 1 issue), top 100 franchised dealers (June 15 issue), mid- year used vehicle market intelligence report (July 1 issue), and year in review (December 15 issue).

Mannheim Auctions, Inc.
Market Report

Annual market report provides an in-depth look at the used vehicle market and sector-specific trends that influence the supply and pricing of used vehicles, with topics covered in the report including the year in review and outlook, remarketing overview, auto dealer sales, wholesale auto auction prices, rental and lease market trends, CPO sales, vehicle financing, fleet purchases, and salvage values.

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Used Car Dealers  Search for "441120" to see available reports

Market analysis reports provide industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Used Car Dealers  Search for "441120" to see available reports
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample financial ratio analysis can be viewed free online.

National Independent Automobile Dealers Association
Industry Report  Select title from "Publications" drop-down menu

Buy-here pay-here benchmarks section provides financial and operating statistics for BHPH dealers, with information provided including detailed income and expense analysis as a percentage of vehicle sales; income statement and balance sheet ratios; vehicle financing trends; loan loss statistics; and selected vehicle sales and financing, collection/recovery, and inventory management benchmarks.

General Media LLC
Data Source Book  Select title from "Print" drop-down menu

Buy-here pay-here section of this annual source book provides financial and operating performance measures for BHPH dealers, with financial data provided including cost of vehicles, gross profit, and operating expenses as a percentage of sales; income statement and balance sheet ratios; loan loss statistics; and selected vehicle sales, collection/recovery, and inventory management benchmarks.

Compensation and Salary Surveys

PayScale, Inc.
Used Car Dealer

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage rate data for selected job positions in this retail sector such as general sales manager, finance manager, salesperson, title clerk, mechanic, and detailer, with employers for which salary or wage data is provided including America's Car-Mart, Inc., CarMax, Inc., DriveTime Automotive Group, Inc., J.D. Byrider Systems, Inc., and Superior Auto, Inc.

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