Changing gears: Economic recovery signals growing demand for paint and dent repairs

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Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
Annual Growth

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The number of new cars purchased instead of old ones may limit growth among industry body shops
  • Profit margins remained the same as a result of heightened competition in an oversaturated market
  • As the economy continues improving, consumers will be more likely to spend money on major repairs
  • Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Car Body Shops industry has improved steadily over the past five years. Industry revenue has experienced steady growth since 2012, reflecting steady increases in per capita disposable income and motor vehicle registrations, alongside aging vehicle fleets. Stricter regulations have pushed car manufacturers to include heavy safety provisions for the driver, and these advanced technologies in new vehicles have led to fewer collisions over the past five years, resulting in a smaller client base for industry operators. This smaller client base has also led to overcapacity among industry operators; consequently, operators have either consolidated operations or exited the industry entirely.

    Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Car Body Shops industry has a low level of capital intensity, which is largely due to the large amount of labor required to perform most of the industry's services. The industry spends about $0.05 on capital for every dollar spent on wages. Independent operators and nonemployer firms have limited financial resources to invest in large-scale machinery and many labor functions activities cannot simply be replaced with investments in machinery.

    Examples of equipment used in this industry include pick hammers (to fix small dents), hot-air welding guns, metal-cutting guns and painting tools. While the industry is increasingly requiring more technologically advanced repair machinery and tools, an equally high-end labor force is required to operate those tools. Man

    Additional Insights for the Car Body Shops Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Car Body Shops Industry are

  • Membership of an industry organization
  • Provision of superior after sales service
  • Ability to keep direct repair programs
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Per capita disposable income and New car sales in the Car Body Shops industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Car Body Shops Industry?

    This industry provides repair and customization work to the interior and body of passenger cars, trucks, vans and trailers. Some industry operators specialize in specific auto repairs; for example, paint shops specialize in post-collision paint jobs, while automotive glass shops replace, repair and tint windows. Restoration shops, which typically represent a niche market, restore classic and antique cars.

    Industry Products
    Body repair services
    Painting services
    Glass replacement and repair
    Upholstery and interior repair
    Merchandise sales
    Detailing services and body conversions
    Other services
    Industry Activities
    Automotive bodywork
    Automotive painting
    Automotive upholstery shop operation
    Automotive interior repair
    Antique and classic automotive restoration
    Truck trailer body shop operation
    Truck trailer paint and body repair
    Van conversion
    Automotive glass shop operation
    Automotive glass tinting

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Per capita disposable income
  • New car sales
  • Number of vehicle accidents
  • Average age of vehicle fleet
  • Number of motor vehicle registrations

  • Current Performance
  • More business, but slower enterprise growth
  • Profit remains steady
  • Direct repair programs
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • New cars and safety standards
  • Profit and establishment growth
  • Table: Car Body Shops Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Car Body Shops Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Automobile Wholesaling
  • Used Car Dealers
  • Property, Casualty and Direct Insurance
  • Couriers & Local Delivery Services

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Glass Product Manufacturing
  • Paint Manufacturing
  • Plastic & Resin Manufacturing
  • Structural Metal Product Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Body repair services
  • Painting services
  • Glass replacement and repair
  • Merchandise sales
  • Detailing services and body conversions
  • Upholstery and interior repair
  • Other services
  • Chart: Car Body Shops Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Middle income bracket
  • Highest income bracket
  • Businesses
  • Lowest income bracket
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Car Body Shops Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Labor
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Car Body Shops

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal
  • External

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Car Body Shops Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Car Body Shops Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Car Body Shops Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Vehicle registration (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
    Aftermarket Parts
  • Essential car components manufactured by a company other than the manufacturer of the vehicle.
  • Crash Rate
  • The average percentage of registered motor vehicles involved in accidents annually.
  • Direct Repair Program (Drp)
  • An agreement between insurance companies and car body shops, where insurance companies refer claimants to a particular shop to get their car repaired.
  • Nanoparticles
  • Used in newer paints as fillers which reduce corrosion, fading, and scratching while creating a better bond between paint and the surface of the car.
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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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