U.S. Dealership count drops for the first time in six years. According to Urban Science Magazine, the number of U.S. new-vehicle dealerships fell from 18,294 in 2018 to 18,195 making it the first decline since 2013. According to the annual Automotive Franchise Activity Report, the average number of new-vehicle sales per dealership also fell to 940 in 2019, a decrease of 8 units from 2018, reports Urban Science. California had the biggest decrease in dealerships, down 28 to 1,478, followed by Illinois with nine fewer dealerships. Ohio and Missouri, lost 7 each. Texas experienced the most growth with 11 new dealerships; North Caroline, 4 and Pennsylvania and Tennessee, 3 each.
U.S. Dealership Count Drops
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A long-time member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association (M.A.M.A.), Frissell is active in the Chicago-based group, having served as V.P. Membership Chair for two years. She also served on the Car Care Council Women’s Board for several years, and was an original board member of the Women’s Automotive Association International (WAAI)‘s Chicago Chapter, as well as acting as consultant to the board.