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National Survey of Auto Body Shops Finds Revenues Going Up but Concerns Rising as Well

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...make it through 2022.


“Our business is currently stronger than it’s ever been,” a Missouri shop owner said.


“This company has made it through many ups and downs since it opened in 1984,” a Wisconsin shop manager said.


“Scheduling out two months,” a North Carolina shop owner said.


An optimistic Minnesota shop manager pointed to his shop’s five-month backlog of work and “plenty of business in our area,” though he did acknowledge concern that 75% of the shop’s employees will retire within the next five to 10 years.


“Need fresh faces ASAP,” he said.


The survey found among the collision repair businesses that said they received a second-round Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan in 2021, 70% said they have already received loan forgiveness. None of the shops surveyed reported having their loan forgiveness application rejected, but 20% said they still planned to apply to have the loan forgiven, and the remaining 10% were undecided about applying.


Among those who said they received a first-round PPP loan in 2020, 84% said the loan had been forgiven; the balance either had not applied for forgiveness, were awaiting approval or were undecided about seeking forgiveness, but again, none reported having their loan forgiveness application rejected.


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