How to Start a Tire & Auto Repair Business
Starting a Tire & auto repair business could well be the best professional decision you ever make. But it’s not always going to be easy. You’ll need to work hard and work smart to be successful at it. That being said, an auto repair business gives you a number of advantages over other types of business. There are a lot of cars on the road. A LOT. So that means there are a lot of potential customers for you to wrangle. And a lot of these customers will need their autos repaired more than once, so if you impress them the first time, you will get repeat business.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s begin, naturally, at the beginning. Just how do you start a tire & auto repair business?
You might well think that you need to know something about auto repair to run a successful tire & auto repair business. Yes, of course, if you have previously worked as a mechanic or if know enough to repair minor problems on your own vehicle, you’ll have a leg up on those who know nothing about tire & auto repair business. But that doesn’t mean that you need to know everything about tires or autos to be able to run a successful business focusing on them. Sound management and a good business model are what’s most important.
If you are uneasy about your knowledge (or lack thereof) of auto repair, going with a franchise as opposed to your own independent shop is a good move. A good company with responsible franchisors will offer a training course where you can learn what you need to know about tire & auto repair.
Go it alone or Adopt a Safety Net?
Let’s deal with this right now before we get into further details. Should you pay the initial franchising and royalty fees for a franchise or should you boldly go it alone? Both have their pros and cons, but when you stack them up together, there is a clear winner. Being completely independent is the more romantic choice, but is it the more practical one? Frankly, no, it isn’t.
First, as mentioned above, a franchisor that offers a training program is very advantageous. Second, a franchisor can get you deals on equipment and parts via a preferred vendor program because, as part of a franchise, you can wield collective buying power for your benefit.
You can’t open your tire & auto repair business just anywhere. You need the right locale. Small and rural towns are charming and quaint, but they’re not necessarily the best place for a tire & auto repair business. To give you access to enough potential customers, look in and around suburban and urban areas.
Let’s say you’ve got a good location in mind. If you’re on your own, there’s nothing to stop another tire & auto repair business, perhaps with good brand name recognition, from moving in down the street from you. If you buy a franchise, however, you should get a protected territory, which will lessen the chance of this happening.
And That’s How to Start a Tire & Auto Repair Business
Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Centers offer preferred vendor programs, protected territories, and complete training. To get started on opening your Tire & auto repair business, please contact us today.Back