Historical Dealer Count

Number of Franchised New-Car Dealerships, by Year
1947 45,500
1948 46,000
1949 49,200
1950 47,000
1951 47,500
1952 46,000
1953 45,200
1954 41,900
1955 40,400
1956 41,000
1957 40,000
1958 37,300
1959 36,400
1960 35,000
1961 34,500
1962 34,200
1963 33,700
1964 33,500
1965 33,700
1966 32,900
1967 32,000
1968 31,100
1969 31,000
1970 30,800
1971 30,300
1972 30,100
1973 30,100
1974 30,000
1975 29,600
1976 29,300
1977 29,100
1978 29,000
1979 28,500
1980 27,900
1981 26,350
1982 25,700
1983 24,725
1984 24,725
1985 24,725
1986 24,825
1987 25,150
1988 25,025
1989 25,000
1990 24,825
1991 24,200
1992 23,500
1993 22,950
1994 22,850
1995 22,800
1996 22,750
1997 22,700
1998 22,600
1999 22,400
2000 22,250
2001 22,150
2002 21,800
2003 21,725
2004 21,650
2005 21,640
2006 21,495
2007 21,200
2008 20,770
2009 20,010
2010 18,460
2011 17,700
2012 17,540
Source: NADA Industry Analysis