U.S. auto dealership hiring in 2004 is expected to increase a second year in a row, predicts AutoEmploy.com, a database of automotive industry jobs.

“Physically larger dealerships, new car brands such as Scion and Smart and dealers' expansion into retailing new product lines are three reasons behind rising car dealer hiring,” says Randall K. Skolnik, Executive Vice President and founder of Boca Raton, FL.-based AutoEmploy.com.

New-car dealers are expanding departments, building “quick lube” stations and offering aftermarket parts and other accessories to reclaim ground lost to independent and chain stories, Skolnik says. These moves necessitate more staff.

Dealership employment has increased by 100,000 workers in the last five years. About 1.13 million people work at new-car dealerships nationwide.