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Towing Services – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 7549  |  NAICS 488410

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Industry Research Reports
Vehicle Towing Services  (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 report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

American Towman Media, Inc.
Tow Industry Week / American Towman Magazine /

Online news source and monthly trade magazine feature news and information for towing business owners and operators, with topics covered in each issue including management best practices, tow truck operations and maintenance, safety issues and products, new products, tools, and equipment, and trade show and convention coverage. Digital edition of the magazine can be viewed free online.

T.T. Publications, Inc.
Tow Times Magazine / digital-edition

Monthly trade magazine features news and information for towing company owners and managers, with topics addressed in various issues including tow truck operations, equipment and accessories, equipment financing options, business insurance, and legal issues. Digital editions of the magazine can be viewed free online, with free e-mail subscription to the digital edition available upon request.

Over The Mountain Media, Inc.
Tow Professional Magazine

Monthly trade publication features news and information for towing and recovery professionals, with topics covered in various issues including industry news, business management, product spotlights, company profiles, equipment leasing and financing, insurance, and software and technology. Digital edition of the magazine is available free online, with free subscription available to qualifying parties.
Vocational Truck/Body Industry in North America: Wreckers & Carriers

Market research report provides a detailed analysis of the market for wreckers and rollback carriers (flatbed tow trucks), with information provided in the study including market size in units and dollars, market share by product type and class, market dynamics and demand factors, and market outlook and forecasts. Summary report description and detailed table of contents can be viewed free online.

Global Tow Vehicle Market

Comprehensive report provides in-depth analysis of the tow vehicle market in the U.S. and selected other countries, with topics addressed in this report including market size, market segments, supply and demand, market trends and dynamics, technological breakthroughs, and competitive landscape. Summary report description can be viewed free online, with table of contents available upon request.

Roadside Assistance Outlook

AMR study provides a detailed analysis of the roadside assistance market, with information provided including market size and forecasts by service (e.g., towing, tire replacement, fuel delivery, jump/pull start, lockout/replacement key, battery, winch), provider (e.g., manufacturer, insurance, independent warranty, automobile club), vehicle (e.g., passenger, commercial LCV/HCV), and region (e.g., U.S.).

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Motor Vehicle Towing Services  Search for "488410" 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.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Motor Vehicle Towing Services  Search for "488410" 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 statement and ratio analysis report is available free online.

Industry Research Reports
Vehicle Towing Services
(see links for individual reports)  (sample spreadsheet)

Financial benchmarks section provides detailed comparative income statements and balance sheets and over twenty-five industry financial ratios, with financial benchmarks available for each of the five most recent fiscal years and on a historical average basis for three-year, five-year, and ten-year time periods. Sample spreadsheet that includes breakdowns by total asset size can be viewed free online.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

PayScale, Inc.
Motor Vehicle Towing

Free online service provides median salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for various job positions in this service sector such as general manager, operations manager, safety manager, fleet dispatcher, tow truck driver, diesel mechanic, office manager, and bookkeeper, with employers for which salary or hourly wage data is provided including United Road Towing, Inc. and ASAP Towing & Storage, Inc.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Support Activities for Road Transportation

Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data on a national, state, and local area basis for job occupations in this road transportation sector, which includes companies that provide towing and recovery services for motor vehicles on a local and/or long-distance basis and may also provide roadside assistance services for motorists and storage services for wrecked or impounded vehicles.

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BV Guides and Databases

Private Company Sales Transaction Databases
Free "Visitor Search" allows users to search the DealStats, BIZCOMPS, and FactSet/BVR databases for private company sales transaction data by SIC or NAICS Code using the following codes:
  SIC Code 7549 - Automotive Towing Service
  NAICS Code 488410 - Motor Vehicle Towing
Types of establishments included in these codes
Towing companies - These are businesses that specialize in towing vehicles, typically for a fee. They may provide local or long-distance towing services for light or heavy motor vehicles, such as cars, trucks, and buses. Some towing companies also offer roadside assistance and emergency repair services.
Roadside assistance companies - These companies provide emergency services to motorists who are stranded on the side of the road. They may provide services such as fuel delivery, jump-starts, and tire changes, and may also offer towing services for vehicles that cannot be repaired on the spot.
Motor vehicle salvage yards - Salvage yards are businesses that buy, sell, and recycle used auto parts. They may also offer towing services for damaged or totaled vehicles that need to be transported to the salvage yard.
Specialized trucking companies - Some trucking companies specialize in towing heavy motor vehicles, such as tractor-trailers and buses. They may provide local or long-distance towing services, and may also offer repair and storage services for towed vehicles.
Vehicle recovery services - These companies specialize in recovering vehicles that are stuck or immobilized, such as those that are stuck in mud or snow, or those that have been involved in an accident. They may use specialized equipment, such as winches and cranes, to recover the vehicle.
Sample reports with detailed sales transaction data and valuation multiples are available free online.

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