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Tool Purchasing
ASE Certified Technicians, 2017
(By Type of Repair Shop)
Collision Repair
(Independent) Specialty Repair
Fleet/Heavy-Duty
Repair/Maintenance
General
Repair/Service
OE Dealership
Repair/Service Other
ASE certified technician1 . 3% 6 . 5% 1 . 3% 67 . 5% 7 . 8% 15 . 6%
ASE Certified Technicians, 2016
(By Type of Repair Shop)
Collision Repair
(Independent) Specialty Repair
Fleet/Heavy-Duty
Repair/Maintenance
General
Repair/Service
OE Dealership
Repair/Service Other
ASE certified technician0 . 0% 19 . 8% 2 . 7% 64 . 9% 7 . 2% 5 . 4%
ASE Certified Technicians, 2015
(By Type of Repair Shop)
Collision Repair
(Independent) Specialty Repair
National Tire
Retailer
General
Repair/Service
OE Dealership
Repair/Service Other
ASE certified technician2 . 6% 2 . 6% 2 . 6% 69 . 2% 12 . 8% 10 . 3%
Respondents by Location of Shop
The U.S. Census Bureau defines a city as an urbanized area of 50,000 or more people and a rural area as
population not in an urban area. Cities have the largest concentrations of auto repair facilities, reported by
over two-fifths (42.9 percent) of all respondents. Slightly less than one-third (32.3 percent) of the repair shops
are located in small town or rural areas and with under a quarter (24.8 percent) in suburbs within 5
0 miles
of a city. The survey results suggest that cities are losing repair shops to small towns and suburban areas
(most easily seen in 2016). 0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
City
Location of Shop
Suburban City
Within 50 Miles of City
Small Town or Rural
31.8%
23.0%
42.9%
27.8%
29.7%
24.8%
40.4%
47.3%
32.3%
Percent
2015 2016 2017
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