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The number of new car dealerships has declined by nearly 25% from 1991 to 2011. The largest decline in this period was for dealerships that sold 150-399 new cars annually. The smallest dealerships, selling less than 150 new cars annually, declined from 1991 to 2011, but grew in number from 2001 to 2011. The number of large dealers (750 new car sales and up) was the highest in 2001.

Number of New Car Dealerships by Sales Volume
Bar graph showing the number of new car dealerships by sales volume in 1991, 2001, and 2011. For more detailed information, see supporting information below.

Supporting Information

Number of New Car Dealerships by Sales Volume
New Car Sales Volume 1991 2001 2011 Percent change from 2011 to 1991 Percent change from 2011 to 2001
Less than 150 6,050 3,669 4,864 -19.6% 32.6%
150-399 7,986 5,848 5,337 -33.2% -8.7%
400-749 4,840 6,158 3,512 -27.4% -43.0%
750 and up 5,324 6,446 3,987 -25.1% -38.1%
Total 26,191 24,122 19,711 -24.7% -18.3%

Source: NADA DATA 2011.

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