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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. Over two in five (42.9 percent)
respondents indicated their repair
facility were either situated in a
small or rural town. City locations
were cited by over one-third of the
respondents, with one-fifth reporting
“suburban city” (within 5
0 miles
of a city) repair shop locations.
Consistent with other surveys, small
towns or rural areas continue to
account for the largest concentration
of auto repair facilities.
Respondents by Number of Service Bays
This survey reveals an increasing
trend in the number of respondents
employed by mid-sized shops (four
to nine bays). More than half of all
respondents (50.5 percent) worked
in s
hops with between four and
nine services bays, a 4.1 percent
increase from those reporting the
same number of service bays in
the 2016 survey. Respondents
with more than 10 bays increased
from 8.8 in 2016 to 14.1 percent in
2017 . These increases in mid-sized
and large shops are followed by
a corresponding decrease in the
number among those with one to
three service bays. 0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
City
Location of Shop
Suburban City
Within 50 Miles of City
Small Town or Rural
32.0%
35.3%
36.7%
25.1%
29.4%
20.4%
42.9%
35.3%
42.9%
Percent
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
1-3
Number of Service Bays
4-9 More than 10
44.3%
42.6%
35.4%
43.4%
48.5%
50.5%
12.3%
8.8%
14.1%
Percent
Equipment Purchasing
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