“The number never changed,” he said during an Oct. 29 event.
Untangling these two contradictory trends---vanishing shops yet a steady business count---requires going deeper and considering what Anderson called “backyarder” body shops, according to the webinar.
Anderson presented 2017 Census Bureau data---the most recent available---collected by CRASH Network.
The chart showed the number of auto body repair businesses in each state that year who paid payroll taxes. It contrasted these tallies with 2012 shop counts.