If you’ve been looking into buying an automotive franchise, you may feel a little overwhelmed. After all, there are countless brands in various sectors that provide a wide range of services. So how do you know the right one for you?
The key is comparing brands in the area of the automotive aftermarket you feel is best – which often results in entrepreneurs landing on total car care. As the leader in total car care, AAMCO is often compared with other brands in auto repair such as the Christian Brothers franchise. While both promote their expertise in total car care, there are several differentiators that could factor into your decision. And whichever choice you make, you want it to be the right one.
AAMCO HAS BEEN AROUND A LONG TIME – AND FOR GOOD REASON
AAMCO was founded in Philadelphia in 1957, and after only six years, the then-transmission repair only garage was doing so well that it began franchising. Soon after, AAMCO became one of the most trusted brands in America, regardless of industry. Today, there are nearly 600 AAMCO locations across North America – and the franchise is still growing thanks to continued innovation and world-class franchise support. We’ll discuss that later.
CHRISTIAN BROTHERS FRANCHISE – COMPARING YOUR INVESTMENT
Christian Brothers is a much younger company, founded in 1982 in Texas. In the late 1990s, the company began franchising and now has a little over 200 locations.
Opening a Christian Brothers franchise requires an investment ranging from $454,250 to $582,400, requiring a minimum net worth of $250,000 and $85,000 in liquid capital. Opening an AAMCO Center is a much smaller total investment, ranging between $223,600 and $330,500 and requiring the same minimum net worth but only $65,000 in liquid capital.
But what does that investment get you?
AAMCO HAS A LARGER FOOTPRINT THAN YOU REALIZE.
AAMCO has a leg up on the competition because of its status as a member of Icahn Automotive Group. Two other brands they own are Pep Boys and Precision Auto Tuning, which specialize in different areas of auto care and don’t directly compete with AAMCO. And what happens when Pep Boys and Precision Auto Tuning customers learn that they have more complex car repair work that needs to be done, such as a transmission replacement? They are referred to AAMCO.
Icahn Automotive Group also possesses industry-leading buying power in addition to those referrals. That allows AAMCO franchise owners to continually keep inventory costs low for repairs with a high profit margin.
AAMCO HAS EVOLVED WITH THE TIMES
There are a lot of reasons AAMCO has thrived for over 60 years. One reason is its commitment to innovation, proactively positioning itself to meet the demands of the future. It used to specialize in transmission repair and is now a total car care company, continuing its place at the top of transmission repair while offering expertise in all areas of complex car care.
TRAINING AND SUPPORT ARE VERY IMPORTANT TO AAMCO
Education has also been at the forefront of AAMCO’s success and its ability to meet the moment. A clear differentiator between AAMCO and other auto brands such as the Christian Brothers franchise is AAMCO University, a state-of-the-art facility in Newnan, Georgia, which offers a wide range of training for franchisees and their technicians across more than 300 hours of courses.
Ask any AAMCO franchisee. They’ll tell you that AAMCO has an excellent coaching and training program, extending beyond AAMCO University and well into operations once an AAMCO Center is opened. We provide ongoing support and pride ourselves for always being there for our franchisees.
AAMCO HAS A LONG-EARNED, TRUSTED BRAND
Positive recognition is a very helpful tool in business. One of the biggest attractions prospective business owners have when they consider a franchise is the strength of the brand. AAMCO has built an impressive legacy for more than half a century, cultivating its trusted relationship with consumers, and ensuring that reputation continues.
While the Christian Brothers franchise and other auto repair franchises have much to be proud of, AAMCO has distinguished itself as not only an accessible and profitable business opportunity but one that continues to position itself for success, no matter the future trends in the total car care market. Learn more about what makes AAMCO the top automotive franchise opportunity by requesting information today.