Stalling: Revenue has grown slowly as newer vehicles have been less accident prone

Revenue for the Towing Services industry has grown slowly over the past five years. The industry has benefited from the rising number of motor vehicles on Australia's roads, as new passenger motor vehicle sales have increased. The rising number of vehicles on the roads creates greater potential for breakdowns and accidents, stimulating demand for towing services. As a result, industry revenue is expected to grow at an annualised 0.3% over the five years through 2018-19, to reach $441.6 million. This includes an anticipated decline of 0.1% in the current year.While the presence of new vehicles on the roads increases the total number of motor vehicles, it can also adversely affect the industry...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$442m
Annual Growth 14-19
0.3%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
3,120
Businesses
2,600
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Newer vehicles typically generate less demand for towing services than older vehicles
  • Most industry establishments are owner-operated and service small geographic areas
  • Stable revenue growth and low risk are projected to attract new entrants to the industry
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    There are moderate barriers to entry to the industry and this trend has slightly decreased over the past five years. Like any new business venture, start-up costs can be one potential barrier to entry. Towing vehicles and equipment need to be purchased, in addition to commercial storage and depot facilities. These initial costs can be curtailed through lease agreements, though the initial capital investment required is usually high. For this reason, many new towing service businesses develop their business slowly and invest in more trucks as their client base grows. However, the emergence of purely online players over the past five years has decreased the barrier of high start-up costs, with players such as Tow.com.au t...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Towing Services Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Towing Services Industry are

  • Proximity to key markets
  • Ensuring pricing policy is appropriate
  • Business expertise of operators
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Number of motor vehicles and Average age of vehicle fleet in the Towing Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Towing Services Industry?

    Industry operators primarily tow light or heavy vehicles and other machinery over short or long distances. Operators may also provide incidental ancillary services, such as emergency roadside repairs and temporary pound or storage. The industry excludes long-distance transportation of freight, such as heavy machinery and equipment, buildings or containers, and motor vehicles.

    Industry Products
  • Breakdown towing
  • Salvage towing
  • Car park or limited-access towing
  • Law enforcement towing
  • Machinery and equipment towing
  • Industry Activities
  • Motor vehicle towing
  • Machinery and equipment towing
  • Emergency roadside assistance
  • Bog or salvage assistance
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Number of motor vehicles
  • Average age of vehicle fleet
  • Population aged between 18 and 25
  • Number of vehicle accident deaths

  • Current Performance
  • Vehicle numbers
  • New vehicles
  • Industry structure
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Vehicle numbers and industry participation
  • Vehicle developments
  • Technological systems
  • Table: Towing Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Towing Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Motor Vehicle Dealers
  • Motor Vehicle Engine and Parts Repair and Maintenance
  • Parking Services
  • General Insurance
  • Public Administration and Safety
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Commercial Vehicle Wholesaling
  • Computer and Software Retailing
  • Fuel Retailing

  • Products & Services
  • Breakdown towing
  • Salvage towing
  • Law enforcement towing
  • Car park or limited-access towing
  • Machinery and equipment towing
  • Chart: Towing Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Individuals
  • Commercial customers
  • Local and state governments
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Towing Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Depreciation
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Towing Services

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Towing Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Tow.com.au Pty Ltd, Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV) Ltd,
  • Table: Tow.com.au Pty Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV) Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Towing Services Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Towing Services Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Computer-Aided Dispatch
  • A method of monitoring roadside assistance activity with the aid of computers.
  • Light Rigid Trucks
  • A vehicle with a gross mass of more than 4,500 kilograms and less than 8,000 kilograms.
  • National Roads And Motorists’ Association (Nrma)
  • A NSW organisation that offers road services and insurance to its members.
  • Royal Automobile Club Of Victoria (Racv)
  • A Victorian organisation that offers road services and insurance to its members.
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