History of Our Car Care Service

If you are in the process of finding the right company to open an automotive franchise for, knowing the history of the organization can dramatically influence your choice. Meineke Car Care Centers has an established company history and has been in business since 1972. The ideals of the founder, Sam Meineke, are now an essential part of our corporate and franchise culture.

The work we complete is done with a series of established procedures and through the use of our vetted company systems. The history of our company directly impacts the future of our company because the past has prepared us to be a strong, lucrative franchise opportunity for potential owners of our complete auto care service in Charlotte, NC.

The Beginning of Our Automotive Franchise

Our car care company began with an idea that sounded simple enough, but needed to be addressed. Sam Meineke noticed there was a gap in the industry, where simply folk’s wanted quality products, workmanship, and consistent vehicle maintenance. Because our company never forgets these influential ideals, we have been able to become one of the most trusted and recognized brands in the country.

It Began with One Franchiseb&w shop

The Meineke company history began with basic principles and one-on-one interface lead to five franchises. Because the company began with the independent owner model in mind, our franchise owners are seen as the essential influencers in the organization. The history of our company is measured in several memorable milestones:

  • 1972 – Meineke Mufflers is Founded by Sam Meineke
  • 1981 – Stores Expand into Canada
  • 1985 – Expands Services to include Brakes
  • 1986 – Corporate Headquarters Are Moved to Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1995 – The Meineke Credit Card is Introduced to Customers
  • 1997 – The 900th Franchise Opens
  • 2002 – Stores Expand to Mexico
  • 2003 – The Company Name is Officially Changed to Meineke Car Care Center
  • 2006 – Meineke is Acquired by Driven Brands, Inc.
  • 2015- Driven Brands is Acquired by Roark Capital

Customers Need Car Care Service

Vehicles are no longer considered a modern convenience, they have become a necessity. Regular maintenance and emergency repairs are a requirement to keep cars on the road. This dynamic and growing industry for complete auto care is one we are proud to be a part of. If lifestyle and incredible income potential is important to you, consider becoming a part of the future of Meineke Car Care Center.


Contact us today to discuss your future with our car care company. We are located in Charlotte, North Carolina, but serve entrepreneurs like you both nationally and internationally.