As of 2014, the United States had 16,396 franchised, new car dealerships, according to data compiled by the National Automobile Dealers Association. Independent dealer numbers are murkier, but as of 2011 independent dealerships in the Unites States numbered 37,717, reports an industry study by Highbeam Business.
In 2014, franchised new car dealerships sold 16,436,991 new cars and about 17,310,000 used cars. These dealerships also employed 1,056,000 people across the United States. California had the greatest number of franchised new car dealerships, with 1,296, while Alaska had the smallest number of dealers with only 29, according to National Automobile Dealers Association statistics.