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News   June 16, 2010   by Auto Service World

Two Thirds of Technician Forum Members Share Optimistic Outlook for 2010


More than two thirds of International Automotive Technicians’ Network (iATN) members polled say they expect business to improve in 2010.
According to the poll conducted in March, 67% of respondents expect an increase in business in 2010 with 50.9% anticipating a slight increase. An additional 16.1% believe a dramatic increase is in the offing.
Some 19% of respondents expect business to stay the same as last year, while 14% predict a slight or dramatic decline. The online poll concluded in March 2010 with 4,050 votes from iATN members.
“This year’s results reflect greater optimism about business expectations than the previous year when 60% of respondents indicated a slight or dramatic increase was in store for 2009,” said Brent Black, iATN founder. “While the majority of iATN members feel their business will increase in 2010, we still have shops that are struggling or do not see signs of improvement.”
iATN members were given the opportunity to add comments to the poll, with several suggesting the increases in business would be due to people keeping their cars longer, rather than buying new, and a better understanding by the motoring public about the cost-savings of properly maintaining a vehicle. Members who anticipate a decline in business attribute it to several factors, including the economy, increases in taxes and insurance, and that people continue to be cautious about spending.
Results of a subsequent iATN poll about hiring expectations also show an upward trend.
In May 2010, iATN members were asked if their company is currently looking to hire an automotive technician. Of the 3,761 iATN members who voted in this poll, 29% responded “yes,” up from 22% when the same poll was done in 2008.
“Overall, our poll results indicate that business is moving in the right direction for the majority of iATN members and that the future of the auto repair industry looks promising,” added Black.
iATN was founded in 1995 and is the largest online community of automotive technicians, repair shop owners and other allied service professionals in the world with more than 71,000 members from 157 countries.
For additional information about iATN or to join, visit www.iatn.net. For poll results, visit: http://www.iatn.net/press/surveys.html.


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