Frequently Asked Questions

Are franchisees required to have an automotive or mechanical background

No. In fact, most do not. Our franchisees come from diverse backgrounds, which is what makes our brand so unique. Meineke provides a first class, two and a half week training program that teaches the skills needed to run a successful automotive franchise.

How much cash is required for opening? Is financing available?

A typical project (excluding real estate) can start as low as $165,000. However, the type of opening and how many auto franchise centers you are opening will determine the amount of cash required for funding. Typically, SBA loans require a 30% cash injection. Rest assured, there are a variety of financial opportunities and considerations that may be available to you. Assuming that you have approvable credit, Meineke will provide you with a finance manager who will assist you in the loan/lending process.

May I own multiple Meineke automotive franchises?

For the qualified franchisee candidate, this is opportunity is absolutely available. Meineke offers incredible incentives for those individuals who are looking to be a Multi Shop Operator.

Will Meineke provide assistance for real estate selection?

Meineke has both in-house and field-based employees, in addition to a network of real estate brokers, who assist franchisees in real estate selection as well as the development process of their automotive franchise.

Does Meineke provide franchisee with a protected territory?

Unlike our competition, Meineke provides exclusive car repair business territory protections.

What automotive services does a Meineke Car Care Franchise offer?

Meineke is a one-stop, automotive franchise shop that offers a wide variety of services to customers. Through constant research of car care products and the car repair market, Meineke assists franchisees in maximizing earning potential through service, repair and products.

Does Meineke offer an advertising program?

Meineke offers a comprehensive advertising and marketing program. Spending more than $30 million annually on advertising and advertising for our automotive franchises, Meineke arranges for national and local television placement, local search marketing and local print ads. Additionally, Meineke provides direct mailings to all existing customers on a monthly basis. This is made available to franchisees by the contributions made to the Meineke Advertising Fund (MAF). Meineke has full in-house capability to assist with any creative work needed at no additional charge

What ongoing training and support does Meineke provide?

Additionally, Meineke has an extensive Dealer Access website that contains the automotive franchise’s operations manual, an interactive forum and up-to-date, informative publications. Recently, an online business-planning tool has also been added to help franchisees understand weaknesses in financial or operational performance through benchmarking and provides specific action plans to remedy those weaknesses.

How much money will I make?

While store sales vary by location and size, the average gross sales for the average center was reported to be $676,986 (please see Item 19 of the Franchise Disclosure Document for additional information about financial performance of our stores). You may also click here to download our franchise application and to speak to a franchise representative.

Do I have to buy inventory from Meineke?

No. Meineke affords you the opportunity to purchase inventory from a variety of approved suppliers, which can provide you with significant purchasing advantages

What qualifications are needed to become a Meineke auto franchise owner?

Please click here and fill out our franchise application and to speak to a franchise representative.

What is the typical lifestyle of a Meineke franchisee?

The Meineke system affords its franchisees the opportunity to be their own boss in an auto parts franchise they own. The Meineke business gives its franchisees the opportunity to build their business around their personal lives, with little to no outside travel necessary, so you have time to spend your leisure time pursuing your hobbies and spending that time with friends and family. Because you will be in your own boss in your own business, you have the opportunity of building equity in your business, which can pave the way for financial freedom.

What are the next steps to becoming part of the Meineke auto repair franchise?

Call our toll-free number 866-614-0479 to speak with a representative or click here to submit an online application. A representative from our Franchise Development Team will contact you to begin your journey toward auto service franchise success.

As far as securing the future for our family, a big part of that is the financial success of our business. We’ve been able to grow our business to the million-dollar level. We’ve been very fortunate.

- Geoff Gaggio