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Auto Body Shops – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 7532  |  NAICS 811121

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Auto Body Shops  (view report)
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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 report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

Automotive Service Association

AutoInc. Magazine
Bimonthly trade journal features news and information for automotive service owners and managers, with special features including the annual "How's Your Business?" collision repair shop survey which provides information on sales, orders, and profits compared to prior year, average monthly estimates and orders, average order value, ticket item breakdown, and percent of sales from DRP agreements.

Babcox Media, Inc.
Information resources available from this organization include:

BodyShop Business Magazine
Monthly publication features news and information for body shop owners and managers, with special features including the "Industry Profile" statistical snapshot report published in the May issue and the "State of the Industry" report sponsored by PPG Industries, Inc. and published every other year as a supplement. Digital editions of the magazine and its supplemental reports can be viewed free online.

Industry Profile
Annual report provides a statistical overview of the collision repair industry, with topics covered in the report including shop owner demographics, business structure, market profile, body shop operations, insurer-repairer relations, personnel staffing and compensation, purchasing, equipment owned, scan tool use, and aluminum repair capability. Report is included in the May issue of BodyShop Business.

State of the Industry Report
Biennial report sponsored by PPG Industries, Inc. analyzes current market conditions and key trends and developments affecting collision centers and includes a state-by-state breakdown of the collision market in aggregate and on a per shop basis (e.g., total crashes, damaged/repaired vehicles, dollars generated by repairs). Report is published every other year as a supplement to BodyShop Business.

Auto Care Association
Digital Collision Repair Trends

Annual report provides insights into the trends and developments affecting the collision repair sector, with topics covered in the traffic overview section including annual miles driven, roadway congestion, and vehicle collisions, and in the collision repair section including overall market size, collision center profile, motor vehicle body work, direct repair programs, parts analysis, and state summary statistics.

Quandec Corporation

Online subscription service provides news, information, and analysis for collision repair shop owners and managers, with reports including the quarterly business conditions survey which provides insight on sales, earnings, and employment trends for the most recent quarter compared to the same period in the prior year and anticipated trends for business conditions in general during the next six months.

Market Analysis

Market analysis report provides 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.

More Resources
For more industry research reports and other resources, see the following resource guide.

Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
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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 reports on a national and metropolitan area level are available free online.

MVP Benchmark Analysis

Online benchmark analysis system lets users compare their collision center's financial and operating performance with other collision centers on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis, with performance measures provided in the benchmark report including average collision center sales and labor, parts, material, sublet, and total gross profit percentages. Sample benchmark report is available free online.

Compensation and Salary Surveys

BodyShop Business Magazine
Industry Profile

"Personnel" section of the profile provides information on compensation practices for shop personnel and median annual salary data for various shop and office job positions, with job positions covered in the report including office manager, senior estimator, mechanic, painter, metal technician, and entry- level painter/technician. Report is available online in the May issue of BodyShop Business Magazine.

I-Car Education Foundation
Snapshot Survey

"Technician Income" section of this triennial survey provides compensation and pay plan information for collision repair technicians, with compensation data broken out by shop size based on sales (e.g., all shops, under $300K, $300K to $1MM, $1MM to $2MM, $2MM to $4MM, over $4 MM) and level of training (e.g., without training, with some training, with I-Car training). Survey is available free online.

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