Companies in this industry provide repair and maintenance services for passenger cars and light trucks. Major US companies include Firestone Complete Auto Care (a unit of Bridgestone), Jiffy Lube, Meineke, Midas, Monro Muffler Brake, and Safelite Group.
Demand depends on miles driven and the number of cars on the road. The increased complexity of vehicles, which makes it more difficult for vehicle owners to perform do-it-yourself repairs, is also driving demand. The profitability of individual companies depends on convenient location and good marketing. Large companies can maximize use of expensive diagnostic equipment and have advantages in purchasing, distribution, and marketing. Small companies can compete effectively by providing superior customer service or offering specialized services. The US industry is highly fragmented: the 50 largest companies generate less than 10% of revenue.
Products, Operations & Technology
Major services include body repair, scheduled and preventive maintenance, oil changes, car washes, and brake repair. Body work includes exterior and interior repair and glass replacement. Mechanical jobs are classified as repairs to undercar systems (mufflers and exhausts, transmissions, brakes, and shock absorbers) or underhood systems (engines, electrical systems, radiators).