AutoNation Inc., the largest U.S. new-vehicle retailer, seeks to add 500 service technicians for its dealership service departments and its growing network of company-branded collision repair centers.
The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., company did not say how many technicians it currently employs. In most AutoNation markets, “every role in the service area” is short of technicians at all levels of experience, said Marc Cannon, the company’s chief marketing officer. “Bottom line, we want to grow service,” he said.
The company is about three years into a $500 million brand extension program that includes its 83 collision centers, standalone used-car stores and AutoNation-branded parts and accessories as well as finance and insurance products.
Adding body shops has created greater demand for service techs, Cannon says. AutoNation opened nine collision centers in 2018 and acquired two more, the company said in its annual report. Cannon says the group plans to continue opening collision centers but declined to specify a growth target.
AutoNation operates 244 dealerships in the U.S. and sold 310,839 new retail vehicles in 2018, according to the Automotive News list of the 150 largest dealership groups in the country.