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New ART Web site helps match workers with dealership vacancies

November 17, 2010

More than 13,000 positions are vacant at Midwest new-vehicle dealerships, with employers unable to identify qualified applicants, according to Automotive Retailing Today, a coalition of all major automobile manufacturers and dealer organizations.  

Research by ART shows that dealership jobs aren’t "top of mind" with most job-seekers. To overcome that, ART launched a Web site,, that showcases more than 40 dealership positions; identifies career path opportunities; and answers questions and concerns of students, parents, military veterans and career-changers.


The site directs candidates to training and other resources they would need to pursue an automotive career. Important, the site also displays pictures to debunk stereotypes—today’s dealerships boast immaculate service shops and sparkling showrooms. The site also offers statistics and resources for dealers to use in speeches, articles and media interviews.

According to ART, there are vacancies nationwide and throughout dealerships: 

  • Sales: 45,698
  • Service: 36,456
  • Collision Repair: 7,695
  • Parts: 6,491
  • Administration: 5,159
  • Other (porters, car washers, detailers, etc): 7,315


In the Midwest, identified by ART as Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin, 13,156 vacancies exist.


The ART coalition works to promote a better understanding of the retail side of the automotive industry and to build stronger customer relationships through shared research and development programs. Another goal of ART is to dispel outdated perceptions of franchise auto dealerships and automotive careers.


In 2006, NADA data indicated the average dealership employed 53 persons and had an annual payroll of more than $2.5 million. This represents almost 14 percent of the nation’s total retail trade payroll at a total of $52.9 billion for all dealerships.