According to the latest research from the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), the percentage of dealership operating on-site body shops was up in 2017 versus the previous year. NADA’s research pegs the percentage of dealers operating on-site body shops at 39 percent, up from 37 percent of dealerships that featured on-site body shops in 2016.
Based upon the percentages reported by NADA, there were approximately 6,586 dealers operating body shops in 2017, this represents about a 5.5 percent increase, due to the increase in both the percentage of dealerships operating on-site body shops compared to 2016 and the growth in the overall number of dealers in the U.S. In 2017, the number of franchised dealerships in the U.S. grew by 94 retail outlets to 16,802.
In 2016, there were a projected 6,243 dealerships operating on-site body shops, down slightly from 6,386 in 2015, but up from 5882 in 2014.
The figure is still well below the 8,692 shops NADA estimated to be in operation at year-end 2006. The association reports there were 21,200 dealers at that time, 41 percent of which operated body shops.
The total auto body work performed by all new-vehicle dealerships was down in 2017 to $6.73 billion, a decline of just under 250 million, or 3.5 percent from $6.98 billion in 2016. In 2015, NADA reported dealership body shop sales of $6.83 billion and $6.86 billion of total body shop sales in 2014.
Wholesale parts sales in 2017 were $17.58 billion, up from $17.04 billion in 2016.
The dealership figures were published in the association’s NADA Data report, a comprehensive look at the auto retailing industry in the U.S. published annually by NADA.