Auto Service World
News   March 14, 2019   by Allan Janssen

NUMBERS: Stats that put our business into perspective

Stats that put the North American automotive repair and service industry into perspective.




Percentage of employers who say they’re satisfied with the job high schools do in preparing grads for employment. Universities do better with 37% satisfaction. Colleges is the clear winner with 51% satisfaction.

Hire Education Report, October 2018, Canadian Federation of Independent Business


18.4 million

Number of light vehicles six years or older on Canadian roads in 2017. That’s expected to grow to 20.6 million vehicles by 2022 – an annual average growth rate of 2.3 percent.

AIA Canada, Labour Market Watch 2018


271.4 million

Vehicles in operation on U.S. roads in 2017.



26.8 million

Vehicles in operation on Canadian roads in 2017.

AIA Outlook Study 2018



The Used Vehicle Retention Index finished 2018 up 1.9% over 2017. It was the largest year-over-year increase for the index since 2012, when the index climbed 3.5%.

Black Book Visual Analytics



Percentage of U.S. consumers who purchased or leased a vehicle from a dealer but did not return for service in the past year.

Cox Automotive’s Service Industry Study



Canada’s ranking in the adoption of electric vehicles. There are 23,620 electric vehicles in operation on Canadian roads. China leads the world with a fleet of 1,227,770 vehicles, followed by the U.S. with 762,060, and Japan with 205,350.

GoCompare Research



Battery-electric and hybrid-electric vehicles as a percentage of all vehicles on U.S. roads in 2018. Battery-electric cars constituted 3% of 2018 new vehicle sales in the U.S., while hybrid electric vehicles sank to 2% of the 2018 market.

Lang iReport



The proportion of gas stations to electric vehicle charging stations in the U.S. in 2017. There were some 16,000 charging stations throughout the U.S., compared to over 160,000 gas stations.

National Automobile Dealers Association



The proportion of gas stations to electric vehicle charging stations in Canada in 2017. There were about 5,000 charging stations throughout the country (the majority located in Ontario, Quebec and B.C.), compared to over 12,000 gas stations.

Canadian Fuels Association; CBC news report, July 2018


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