Speed bump: Demand for towing will rise, though safer cars will partly offset growth

The Automobile Towing industry is chugging along. The economy continued to improve over the five years to 2017, leading to a decline in the unemployment rate and an increase in total vehicle miles. As individuals returned to work and disposable income started to rise, more consumers felt comfortable driving on their own as opposed to carpooling or taking public transportation. When more cars are on the road, the chances of an accident or need for roadside assistance rises, increasing demand for industry services. Harsh weather conditions have also boosted industry demand over the past five years. Over the five years to 2022, revenue will continue to trend higher...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$7bn
Annual Growth 12-17
3.1%
Forecast Growth 17-22
Profit
Employment
96,579
Businesses
44,489
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Harsh weather conditions have boosted industry demand over the past five years
  • Severe storms often lead to stranded motorists, heavy accident volume and various other problems
  • Demand will likely fall as more people purchase vehicles with crash-avoidance technologies
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    Revenue for the Automobile Towing industry is expected to grow at an annualized rate of 3.1% to $6.8 billion in the five years to 2017, supported by an increase in the average vehicle age and a rise in total vehicle miles. Over the past five years, disposable income and consumer confidence have risen, which encouraged individuals to drive their own vehicles as opposed to taking a less expensive alternative, such as public transportation. As the number of vehicle miles rises, the probability of car accidents or car troubles increases, resulting in greater demand for towing services and roadside assistance. Additionally, more people returning to work results in more cars on the road on a daily basis, which also increases the possibility of accidents...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Automobile Towing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Automobile Towing Industry are

  • Ability to manage external (outsourcing) contracts
  • Ability to franchise operations
  • Economies of scale
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Number of vehicle accidents and Number of motor vehicle registrations in the Automobile Towing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Automobile Towing Industry?

    This industry tows light or heavy motor vehicles over short and long distances. Industry establishments may also provide incidental services, such as storage and emergency road repair services.

    Industry Products
  • Passenger car towing
  • Light-duty truck towing
  • Roadside assistance
  • Industry Activities
  • Emergency road repair services
  • Motor vehicle towing services
  • Tow truck services
  • Wrecking services for motor vehicles
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Number of vehicle accidents
  • Number of motor vehicle registrations
  • Total vehicle miles
  • Average age of vehicle fleet

  • Current Performance
  • Roadside assistance
  • Demand rains down
  • Volatile fuel prices
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • New cars likely to reduce accidents
  • Higher fuel prices
  • Table: Automobile Towing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Automobile Towing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Car & Automobile Manufacturing
  • SUV & Light Truck Manufacturing
  • Automobile Wholesaling
  • New Car Dealers
  • Parking Lots & Garages
  • Public Administration
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Truck & Bus Manufacturing
  • Truck, Trailer & Motor Home Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Light-duty truck towing
  • Passenger car towing
  • Roadside assistance
  • Chart: Automobile Towing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Individuals
  • State and local government
  • Commercial customers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Automobile Towing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesDepreciationOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Automobile Towing

  • Basis of Competition
    InternalExternal
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Automobile Towing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Automobile Towing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

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

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Automobile Towing Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Number of motor vehicle registrations (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    American Automobile Association (Aaa)
  • An association of auto owners that provides services such as car insurance.
  • Electronic Stability Control Systems
  • Sophisticated balancing systems that control the stability of a car.
  • Miles Per Gallon (Mpg)
  • The average miles driven and gallons used. This measurement is used to approximate fuel efficiency.
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