71,023 vehicle repair shops in Italy
There are 71,023 vehicle repair shops in Italy. The current network of garages comprises 26,463 mechanics, 5,678 electricians, 17,452 body repairers, 6,498 tyre specialists, 3,612 vehicle dealers and 11,320 authorized workshops. These are the data that emerged from a survey by the Autopromotec Observatory.
The extremely widespread network of vehicle repair shops at the service of drivers continues to be a strongpoint of the domestic automotive aftermarket. A maintenance and repair system that is characterized by the coexistence of independent operators and vehicle manufacturers’ official networks that contributes to fostering the quality of the services and giving consumers a wider choice.
According to the Observatory, the extensive domestic network of vehicle repair shops, due mainly to the level of development of motorization in Italy, which has a one of the highest concentrations of vehicles in the world, shows overall stability, whereas changes have taken place in the type of repairs that are carried out. The number of body repairers, mechanics and tyre specialists is more or less the same, the only operators who have left the market are those who were unable to make sufficient professional and technological investments. The number of vehicle electricians has decreased due to technological development that has increased the integration of mechanical, electrical and electronic functions.
Frequently in current models, electrical and electronic devices are connected directly to engine and mechanical parts to ensure that they are constantly monitored. This means that the maintenance and repair of engines and mechanical parts must be combined with that of the vehicle’s electrical and electronic parts. Increasingly, the vehicle electrician’s job is being taken over by the mechanical engineer whose profession has evolved into mechatronics engineering. The number of car dealers and authorized workshops has also declined. This is primarily due to a complex economy that has considerably penalized the entire car distribution and service system and is imposing new cost containment strategies and a different definition of the structure of dealerships in the territory.
The survey also revealed other aspects of interest at this stage in the development of a servicing sector that is deeply involved in the technological innovation processes that are making vehicles increasingly more reliable. They have less need of servicing but are subject to periodic prevention work with ever-increasing attention to safety, consumption and emissions.