Starting a new auto shop from the ground up is a major undertaking with a lot of components, which is why so many independents start small.  However, if you choose [SM1] an established brand like Big O Tires to open an auto shop franchise, you will have an experienced brand that can help you open a larger operation with 9 to 12 lifts and multiple service offerings. Having operated in the auto repair industry for 62 years, we have a proven franchise system to get an automotive services business off the ground and in a strong position within your market.

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Auto repair stores can be recession resistant due a consistent level of consumer demand that makes them an attractive business venture for investors. With such a high number of cars regularly on the road, there’s an inevitable need for maintenance and repair work – leading most consumers to seek expert car care. With over 465 locations and growing, Big O Tires has carved out a niche in the auto shop franchise market that caters to middle class neighborhoods that value great customer service, a clean friendly environment, and an honest value for their money. 

How You Can Get Started

There are several steps that you will likely have to take before you can open an auto shop franchise. The natural advantage of franchising is to receive a high level of support and guidance throughout this process.

Step 1 - Conduct Initial Research

First, visit the websites of relevant brands and do your due diligence to determine which franchise opportunity aligns with what you wish to accomplish in your next business venture.

Step 2 - Site Selection

Once you have decided which auto maintenance brand you want to partner with, you should also research and decide on the market you want to enter. Ideally, your franchisor will help you find and start putting together what you need in the specific location within the territory that you have chosen.

Step 3 - New Construction vs. Using an Existing Building

When you have your site picked out, you can next decide whether or not to construct a new facility or use the existing building if one is on the site. You will want to consider the costs you could incur for each situation, along with the benefits that they can bring for your new franchise.

Step 4 - Purchasing Equipment

An automotive services franchise often requires very specific equipment and other inventory to deliver a quality level of service to customers. You should determine the optimal amount of equipment you’ll need to operate a successful auto mechanic business and balance it with what you can afford to purchase.

Step 5 - Hiring Staff

In an industry as technical as automotive services, you will need to hire staff that are adequately trained and knowledgeable on the work they will do for your customers’ vehicles. You will likely want to hire staff that have Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification or individuals that are willing to obtain it before starting their employment with your franchise.

Step 6 - Franchise Marketing

Your franchise marketing efforts should start before you celebrate your grand opening to ensure that your new franchise will have plenty of momentum from the start. An experienced franchisor with plenty of industry expertise and marketing resources can offer plenty of value in this area on your behalf.

Step 7 - Celebrate Your Opening

Now you are ready to open your automotive services franchise and welcome new customers to your business. With the franchise process complete, you can now shift your focus to day-to-day operations and establishing yourself as the preferred option for auto maintenance among those in your area.

Owning a franchise requires a significant commitment of finances, time, and other valuable resources, so you'll want to choose a franchisor who shares your enthusiasm for seeing your franchise succeed. At Big O Tires, we use our own specific franchise process to help new franchisees like you get started and hit the ground running with positive momentum.

With how we structure our automotive repair franchise, the Big O Tires brand relies on the success of individual franchisees like you. It’s just part of the reason why you can join the Big O Tires family with confidence, knowing we are here to support your auto shop franchise along the way!

Reach out to us today to learn more about the Big O Tires franchise process and get started!

The Steps to Opening a Shop with Big O Tires Are Straightforward and Transparent!

Starting a small business can be a very exciting and rewarding journey, one that millions of people undertake every year. But it can be a stressful time, too, because of all the variables and unknowns. The good news is that opening a tire shop with Big O Tires is a straightforward process that includes a series of informative steps we’ll help you navigate. We want to make it as easy as possible for qualified candidates to become part of the Big O family! Here, we’ll take a brief look at some of the steps you’ll take on your franchise journey and why they’re important.

Visit Our Big O Tires Franchise Website

Your Big O Tires journey will likely start right here, on our website. It’s where you can find in-depth information about our brand and all we have to offer. Our FAQ page is a great place to get quick answers to some important questions, and our Blog page offers more insight into specific aspects of a Big O Tires opportunity.

If, after some time on this website, you’d like to dive more deeply into a Big O opportunity and how to start your own tire business with us, you’ll fill out a brief form with some basic information about yourself. Sending us this form lets us know you’re interested, and soon after we receive it, someone from our franchise team will give you a call.

Get to Know Each Other

Now you’ll get to speak to someone from our franchise team directly. We’ll spend time talking about Big O Tires and what makes us such a leader in the auto repair industry, answering your questions and asking a few of you as well. We’ll want to find out more about your background, goals, and values. It’s important that there’s alignment between us as the franchisor and you as a franchisee because ours will be a long and meaningful relationship. If we feel like there’s a good fit, we’ll move on to the next steps.

Review Our FDD

Generally, all franchise brands are required by law to have and make available their Franchise Disclosure Document, or FDD, an in-depth look at the specifics behind a brand and a franchise offering, including who the franchisor’s leaders are, what training and support looks like, and what the estimated investment numbers are. You’ll receive a copy of our FDD and have at least two weeks to review it, with an attorney if you choose. During this time, we’ll make sure to be available to answer any questions you might have because it’s important to us that you’re as informed as possible about our auto repair franchise opportunity.

Connect with Current Big O Tire Shop Franchisees

One of the most important steps to opening a tire business with Big O is speaking with some of our current franchisees. They have valuable insight into our brand and our industry and can tell you how they leverage our business model and culture to take full advantage of it. This is your opportunity to talk to men and women who have already gone through our franchise process and are enjoying all the benefits of being Big O Tires franchise owners.

Enjoy a Discover Day

A Discovery Day is just that — a day set aside to discover more about the Big O Tires brand and all that we offer. You’ll spend a day at our corporate headquarters, where you’ll meet members of our executive team and learn more about the culture and values that define Big O. We’ll talk more about our processes and procedures and our training and support, and you’ll have the chance to ask any additional questions you might have about our opportunity.

These are just a few of the more important steps you’ll take toward opening a tire business with Big O Tires. We’ve highlighted them here as being especially meaningful because they allow you to delve more deeply into our offering and all that separates us from the competition.

To find out more about franchising and how to start your own tire business with Big O Tires, get in touch today!

Big O Tires, LLC
4300 TBC Way
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33410

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Please note that the information contained on this website does not constitute the offer of a franchise and that such offers will be made only in conjunction with the presentation of Big O’s Franchise Disclosure Document in states where we are first registered, excluded, exempted, or otherwise qualified to offer franchises in that state. Big O Franchises are not available in all states. MN Reg. File No. F#4842
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