BREA, Calif. (March 2, 2009)—A majority of auto repair technicians apparently are optimistic about 2009 amid the gloom and doom of economic news.
More than 60 percent of respondents to a recent International Automotive Technicians' Network (iATN) online poll forecast an increase in business in 2009. Of the 3,593 respondents, 16 percent expect a dramatic increase, while 45 percent anticipate a slight increase in business. Another 18 percent predicted their business would maintain 2008 levels. This is in contrast to a previous online poll where a majority of auto repairers claimed their businesses in 2008 fared worse than 2007.
“iATN members are confident and optimistic about their abilities to succeed even during tough economic conditions,” said Brent Black, iATN founder and president.
iATN is an online network of more than 65,000 automotive repair professionals in 151 countries who exchange technical knowledge and advice with their peers. The network regularly conducts online polls of its membership.