The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) has released the 2013 Digital Collision Repair Trends report, an online, 67-page descriptive analysis of data compiled from primary AAIA research, federal government and independent research data sources. The report highlights the size and scope of the U.S. collision industry, including the paint, body and equipment aftermarket, with a brief analysis of the Canadian collision industry. It also includes analyses of factors influencing the collision industry, automotive collision insurance coverage and the Direct Repair Program.
According to this year's report, collision repair-related sales by aftermarket repair shops grew 2.3 percent in 2012 to $39.7 billion. This growth was driven by several factors such as increased number of registered vehicles, increased road congestion causing a higher frequency of accidents per year and the increased collision repair cost per vehicle. Copies of the new 2013 Digital Collision Repair Trends report are now available -- the cost is $125 for AAIA members and $250 for non-members. To order, go online and go to "Market Intelligence," or call AAIA market intelligence at (301) 654-6664.