How to Start an Oil Change Franchise: What You Need to Know

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If you have a passion for cars and the proper skills to run a business, Milex Complete Auto Care offers franchise opportunities to help you accomplish your vision of operating a successful car repair shop.


While oil change franchises offer car enthusiasts the opportunity to pursue entrepreneurship, the auto industry is evolving and business owners need to adapt to stay relevant and fuel sales. Quick lube centers were established about 40 years ago when cars required oil changes every 3,000 miles. The need for frequent oil changes spawned a market for shops where customers could get their oil changed quickly and get back to their daily lives. Innovations in the auto industry are allowing cars to go about 7,500 miles between oil changes. If you add electric cars to the mix, quick lube shops could be on tenuous ground. Busy car owners need a cost-effective and convenient alternative to their dealers. They need a place that provides factory-recommended maintenance and general repairs without voiding a new car warranty.


Milex Complete Auto Care is more than just an oil change franchise – it is a one-stop shop for general automotive repair and maintenance. The chain of independently owned and operated locations is part of the Moran Family of Brands umbrella and has more than 40 years of experience in the industry. They offer new franchisees business plans, daily management techniques, best repair practices and committed on-going support. Moran provides co-branded opportunities with some of its other brands, like Mr. Transmission, to give car owners even more services. The global automotive repair and maintenance service market is estimated to reach $810.30 billion by 2026, according to Reports and Data, a market research firm. Growth is primarily being fueled by the increasing focus on passenger safety, rising awareness in the importance of general maintenance and growth of used-car sales.


Oil Change Franchises Offer Recession-Proof Opportunity

Car maintenance shops offer a recession-proof business model and provide an essential service to the community. Last year when businesses closed their doors to comply with stay-at-home orders, auto repair stores and other essential businesses were permitted to continue serving customers. Hard-working mechanics officially became frontline workers helping to keep the community safe. When the economy is sluggish, Americans tend to refrain from making big ticket purchases, especially cars, according to a report in Entrepreneur magazine. As cars age, consumers need to keep up with repairs to ensure their vehicles continue to run smoothly, regardless of the state of the stock market.


Impact of Electric Vehicles and Location Plays Role in Decision

While electric vehicles have been heralded as the future of the automotive industry, American consumers remain reluctant to jump on board. Low gas prices, limited charging stations, and affordability are hampering the rollout of electric vehicles. Yet, the market for electric and hybrid vehicles is slowly growing and car repair shops will need to provide services to these customers to stay competitive. Electric vehicle sales are slated to increase approximately 6 percent each year, according to a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Moran Family of Brands remains at the forefront of product and service development. We offer support and training so our franchisees are ready to provide services to the evolving auto market.


Benefits of Opening a Milex Complete Auto Care Shop

Milex Complete Auto Care is striving to reach more than 100 locations in the United States by 2023. Our franchisees manage their own workforce, schedule workflow, deliver superior customer experiences, and build a successful, respected auto repair business within their community. If you are interested in pursuing a career in the automotive aftermarket industry, Milex Complete Auto Care can help you get started as you determine whether a general automotive repair or an oil change franchise is in your future.


1. Brand recognition. Customers rely on their mechanics to provide reliable, quality service. A person’s car is typically one of their most expensive investments. Brand recognition is key to building your customer base and will help your business thrive.


2. Opportunity for Growth. While oil change franchises focus on getting customers in and out quickly and simply focus on the one job at hand, Milex Complete Auto Care takes time to get to know your vehicle to determine the root of the problem. Our mechanics provide stellar customer service by helping educate customers on the diagnosis and offer multiple solutions to suit their budget. Co-branding your location with Mr. Transmission, or one of Moran’s other brands, gives you an opportunity to expand your services and provide potential for growth.


3. Financing and Site Selection. Opening a franchise requires an investment, and location is important. The location of your oil change franchise business is key to its success. You will need a high-traffic location that’s easy for consumers to find. Many customers may appreciate a location where they can walk to local restaurants and shops while their vehicle is being serviced. Don’t forget that your shop will need to be restocked frequently and should be accessible for deliveries from big trucks. 


Startup costs for opening a Milex shop is often less than that of an oil change franchise.  We also offer financing options to help get your business up and running. Milex provides franchisees with support and guidance throughout their journey. We offer real-estate services to help franchisees find an ideal location.


While your storefront is a major marketing tool, you will need to implement other strategies to develop a loyal customer base. Our franchisees pool marketing resources to take the burden of developing a marketing strategy off the individual owner. Direct mail marketing coupons offering discounts, new mover marketing programs, and online marketing can all boost business.


If you are ready to explore the opportunities available by opening an auto repair franchise, contact Milex Complete Auto Care to learn more.


They consistently follow our company’s vision and mission, and fulfill their responsibilities in that role.


People who are polite and well-mannered toward their customers and employees, who go out of their way to make sure others are being treated well.


They uphold the highest standards in ethics and authority, ensuring that the customer’s interests come before their own.


These individuals always look to the future, seeking out ways to improve both themselves and the franchise they run.


They enjoy the work they do and the mission and vision of our company.

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