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Description: The Grease Monkey platform guides franchisees through every aspect of running a profitable quick lube and preventive maintenance business. Opportunities: Single and multi-unit franchises available throughout the United States. Business Type: Franchise. Minimum Cash Required: $60,000. Financing Assistance: Yes, through a third party. Training Provided: Yes.

Industry Veteran Grease Monkey Discusses Future Plans with Franchise Direct

Catching up with Ralph Yarusso, Vice President of Operations & Business Development at Grease Monkey, allows Franchise Direct users to find out more about this expansive auto industry veteran. Through this video interview from the 2013 IFA Convention, Ralph shares future plans and info for potential franchise partners.

As a former military veteran and auto industry franchisee, Ralph brings an experienced leadership role to this expansive franchise, now with locations in the U.S., Mexico, and China. Supporters of the VetFran program and interested in franchisees from all backgrounds, Ralph comments on certain sought after characteristics that the Grease Monkey team looks for in franchisees:

“Good business people with good grounded values and philosophies, providing good customer service, good leadership for their team, honesty and integrity.”

“I like franchisees that come to me with an open mind. I think the franchisees in any system and any industry that think that they can reinvent the wheel so to speak generally are the ones that struggle the most. So if you’re willing to learn, we’re going to make you successful.”

With over 35 years in the auto franchising industry and the largest franchisor of auto preventive maintenance services, Grease Monkey remains the only major quick lube automotive concept that is not oil company owned, which means greater flexibility for franchisees in terms of vendors and pricing. This also alters the focus of Grease Monkey team members: serving each customer based on their unique needs without incentives to up sell certain products.

Ralph comments on Grease Monkey’s current expansion plans:

“We’ve got a lot of growth plans going on right now. In fact, we’re working on several acquisitions throughout the country where we’re going to grow by acquisition. Organically we plan on adding 15-20 new units a year as well, so we’ve got a lot of exciting things going on with respect to development.”


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