July 10, 2019 -- Toronto, Ontario --Collision repair operators tired of Canada's cold weather may wish to consider reopening their businesses in Australia.

While Canada's collision sector is often compared to the United States'--but the similar culture masks some fairly deep-rooted differences in the operational, legal and financial differences between the two bordering countries. 

In the U.S., rules and regulations for auto repair businesses vary significantly between each state. It is far more difficult for MSOs to operate state lines or for individual operations to cross them than it is for Canadians to conduct interprovincial operations.

With a shared head-of-state, parliamentary system and system of Common Law, Canada's repair sector is far more similar to Australia's, than to that of the country's closest neighbour.

As made clear in the 2019 Global Focus Report, compiled by the organizers of the International Bodyshop Symposium, the similarities between the auto sectors in Canada and Australia share many more similarities. Take a look!

 

Population:  Australia -- 25.3 million  |  Canada -- 37.3 million 

 

GDPP:   Australia -- $69,000  |  Canada -- $68,500

Total Vehicle Parc:  Australia -- 19.2 million |  Canada -- 34.4 million

 

Number of Licensed Drivers:    Australia -- 19.2 million |  Canada -- 26 million

Vehicles Per Licensed Driver:    Australia -- 1 | Canada -- 1.3

Average Vehicle Age:    Australia -- 10.1 years |  Canada -- 12.4 years

 

                  New Vehicle Sales:

 

             Australia                Canada

2016     1.178 million         1.984 million        

2017     1.189 million         2.076 million

2018     1.153 million         2.003 million

 

 

Average insurance premium and deductible:

Australia  -- $626     Canada  -- $1,062

 

Number of repair centres:

Australia  -- 2,800    Canada  --  4,700 

 

Simmons Score: 

Australia  --  9,285  (one repair facility for every 9,285 vehicles)   

Canada  --   7,234  (one operator for every 7,234 vehicles)

 

Average Repair Cost:  

Australia  -- $3,550     Canada  --  $3,670

 

Average Hourly Labour Rate: 

Australia  -- $31    Canada  --  $44

 

Average Cycle Time: 

Australia  -- 7 days    Canada  -- 7 days

 

Total Market Value:  Australia  -- $7bn     Canada  -- $11bn 

 

 

*All figures shown in Canadian dollars and drawn from the IBIS 2019 Global Focus Report.

 

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