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INFOGRAPHIC: New-Car Dealership Employment Sets Record in 2016

Published April 13, 2017


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Abram Olmstead

Senior Director, Digital Media

Employment, wages and payroll at U.S. new-car dealerships all continued to rise in 2016, according to a new report released by the National Automobile Dealers Association.

The report found that new-car dealerships directly employed a record 1,131,900 workers in 2016, a 2.4% increase from the previous year.

“Total dealership employment has consistently risen every year since the Great Recession,” said NADA Chief Economist Steven Szakaly. “In addition, hundreds of thousands of other local jobs are dependent on dealerships.”

Other highlights from NADA Data 2016 include:

  • The total number of new-car dealerships was 16,708, up 163 from 2015.
  • A record 17,465,020 new cars and light trucks were purchased or leased in 2016.
  • The average selling price of a new vehicle was $34,449, up 3% from 2015.
  • The average selling price of a used vehicle was $19,866, up 2.5% from 2015.
  • New vehicles sold per dealership on average was 1,045.
  • Number of customers purchasing a new- or used-vehicle service contract was 43.7%, up 1% from 2015.
  • New-car dealerships sold 14,968,206 million used vehicles, which accounted for 37% of all used vehicles retailed.

“The past seven years have been the longest period of new-vehicle sales growth since the 1920s,” Szakaly added. “For 2017 we expect new light-vehicle sales to continue on a strong trend, ending another year above 17 million.”

Check out the following infographic for key highlights, and download the full report here: