Within a year after Robert Morgan opened the first AAMCO in Philadelphia in 1963, he was selling franchises, and the AAMCO brand now encompasses more than 800 locations in the U.S. and Canada. AAMCO got its name from founding partner, Anthony A. Martino, who used the first letter of his first, middle, and last names to form an anagram. Morgan and Martino also used this same strategy to name another concept they started, MAACO. Martino later split from Morgan to run MAACO full time.
Start-up Cost: $232.5K - 299.7K
Christian Brothers Automotive was started in 1982, with a goal of providing quality automotive service that was affordable and honest. Building on this foundation of integrity, the company grew through the years and eventually started franchising in 1996. Christian Brothers locations in the United States now number over 85.
Start-up Cost: $362.6K - 419.6K
Colors On Parade is an on-site auto body service and repair company, performing mobile restoration and beautification services for automobile owners. The company was founded in 1989, and franchises were first made available in 1991. The United States is currently home to more than 200 Colors On Parade franchises.
Start-up Cost: $33.8K - 441K
Jim Lunceford started Express Oil Change in 1979. He began franchising in 1984 after having seen his first four stores become quite successful providing quick oil changes to customers. Now, there are almost 175 Express Oil Change service centers providing those same speedy oil changes, along with brake, tire, and transmission services.
Start-up Cost: $250K - 400K
Grease Monkey franchises provide quick lube service and basic automotive maintenance for their customers. The company also offers entrepreneurs the opportunity to buy a Monkey Shine car wash to be run literally alongside their Grease Monkey shop. The company’s secondary franchise adds convenience for customers, along with additional income potential for franchisees.
Start-up Cost: $193.3K - 347K
Interior Magic provides auto appearance services from basic detailing to fabric dyeing and repair. They also do light auto body work, like small dent repair. The company was founded in 2003 and franchised in 2004. Interior Magic International now has 38 U.S. locations.
Start-up Cost: $33.05K - 100.06K
Jim Hindman began his quick oil change service franchise in 1979. After watching full-service gas stations phase out in the 1970’s, Hindman saw the need for a place that would provide consumers with quick, inexpensive oil changes. Initially, there were seven locations.Today, there are more than 2,000 Jiffy Lube service centers in North America and abroad.
Start-up Cost: $196.5K - 331.5K
Daniel I. Rhode and Anthony A Martino started Maaco in 1972. The name was created using Martino’s initials. He had used this strategy in naming another venture - called AAMCO - he had started with former partner, Robert Morgan. (Morgan eventually bought Martino out of his share of the AAMCO brand). Maaco provides budget auto body and painting services with a quick turnaround time. Almost 500 Maaco franchises are in operation today.
Start-up Cost: $110.18K - 472.47K
In 1972, a man by the name of Sam Meineke opened his first garage with the idea that people would come back again and again if he provided them with inexpensive exhaust service without compromising quality. He was right, and Meineke began franchising his exhaust service centers that same year. Meineke is still a sought-after franchise, and there are nearly 1,000 Meineke service centers.
Start-up Cost: $187.59K - 336.88K
The first Midas muffler repair shop was opened in Macon, Georgia in 1956. Founder Nate Sherman hoped to establish a name for quality repairs and maintenance that would keep customers coming back for as long as they owned their vehicle. His simple, straightforward model appealed to consumers and the Midas name is now one of the largest in auto repair shop chains. More than 2,200 Midas shops exist in several countries.
Start-up Cost: $88.5K - 390.97K
Mighty was started by Dallas Wallace in 1963 in the form of a one-man operation selling tires to auto shops. Soon Wallace was dealing in other auto parts, and his business grew impressively over the next several years. In 1970, he franchised the business and Mighty Distribution System of America was born. Mighty Distribution now includes more than 100 locations selling a variety of auto parts to shops and service centers.
Start-up Cost: $138.1K - 266.9K
The Mr. Clean company, already known the world over for its line of top-selling household cleaning products, expanded its market reach and started Mr. Clean Carwash in 2008. The company sells franchises to investors, who then operate the full-service car washes. Services include everything from detailing to oil changes. So far, around 16 Mr. Clean Carwash locations have opened in the U.S.
Start-up Cost: $2.32M - 3.18M
Mr. Transmission operates under the Transmission USA group of transmission repair companies. Mr. Transmission, along with its affiliates, provides transmission diagnostics, repair, and rebuilding for customers from 150 U.S. locations. Most are independently owned and operated franchises. The original Mr. Transmission was opened in 1956, expanding into franchise sales 20 years later.
Start-up Cost: $165.28K - 211.84K
Dr. Frank Werner started Novus Glass in 1972. Werner, an inventor, had sought to find a way to repair broken or damaged windshields rather than have to replace them. He enlisted chemical engineer Bill Wiele to help formulate a way to do this. The two patented their method and started the first ever auto glass repair business, which came to be known as Novus. In 1985, the company began franchising and there are now more than 1,700 locations.
Start-up Cost: $45.78K - 134.8K
Marshall Stevens founded Oil Can Henry’s in Tigard, Oregon in 1978. In 1988, Stevens sold the name to an entrepreneurial group seeking to franchise the company. Since then, Oil Can Henry’s has become a network of almost 90 locations - some of which are still owned by Marshall Stevens himself.
Start-up Cost: $235.89K - 297.93K
For over three decades, Precision Tune has provided a wide variety of auto care services to customers. Bill Childs opened the original Precision Tune in Beaumont, Texas, implementing his concept of providing a quick tune-up shop for auto owners. The shop flourished, and added more services to its repertoire. Childs franchised the company within a year after opening that first garage, and the Precision Tune brand has matured into a network of service centers well over 300 in number.
Start-up Cost: $120K - 225.6K
RimTyme offers unique financing programs to customers seeking custom tires and wheels for their vehicle. Buyers can lease-to-own their tires and rims through the 21 franchised shops now in operation. In keeping with the RimTyme concept, proprietors take steps to create a hip, laid-back atmosphere - like installing flat screen TVs in their waiting rooms.
Start-up Cost: $503K - 870.83K
Joseph Johnson and William Seidemann started Snap-On Wrenches in 1920. They sold kits that consisted of five wrenches and ten interchangeable socket heads. The two would travel to garages, marinas - anywhere their tools might be useful - and hold demonstrations. Customers were impressed and Snap-On quickly grew a healthy following of loyal clientele. Snap-On Tools still holds true to its roots, providing on-site delivery to thousands of shops and garages. They have expanded their inventory quite substantially and now offer well over 20,000 different varieties of hand held tools through nearly 5,000 franchises in several countries.
Start-up Cost: $19.5K - 275.8K
Bill Mitchell, Bill Costello, and David Casey founded SuperGlass in 1992 in Atlanta, Georgia. The three businessmen franchised their company the next year, eventually expanding throughout the United States and into several other countries around the world. With nearly 275 SuperGlass locations now in operation, the momentum shows no signs of slowing down.
Start-up Cost: $9.91K - 31K
Tuffy started in 1970, when founder Charles Amy opened a Tuffy Muffler shop. He started franchising his concept in 1971 and soon made a wider variety of services available to customers, including transmission, brake, and tire repair. Now based in Toledo, Ohio, the Tuffy Associates group of service centers includes nearly 400 franchises in the United States.
Start-up Cost: $234K - 413.5K