Description: Ziebart is committed to providing its franchisees with all the tools necessary for long-term success. Through partnership with a globally recognized brand that has been in business for over 55 years, your business will be trusted by the consumer market. Opportunities: Franchise opportunities available worldwide. Master licenses available in Australia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, South Africa and Thailand. Business Type: Franchise. Minimum Cash Required: $100,000. Financing Assistance: Yes, through a third party. Training Provided: Yes. SBA-Approved: Yes.
Ziebart International will waive 100% of the $30,000 license fee for veterans who qualify.
2013 IFA Convention Interview: Thomas Wolfe Talks Ziebart & Auto Industry Trends
Thomas shared a number of select points for those interested in franchising and particularly the automotive franchise industry. Working with Ziebart since 1977, Thomas has lived through the various trends and shifts within the U.S. auto industry. Ziebart now operates in 31 countries with 800 plus retail locations, which makes this franchise incredibly diverse in its global appeal.
His prognosis on the years ahead for the U.S. auto industry and Ziebart’s role?
With former 2012 and projected 2013 U.S. automotive industry sales at 14.5 million and 15.3 million respectively, Thomas mentions, “when you look at the automotive industry relating to franchising, even if a franchisor didn’t raise prices, didn’t add new products, he would still be able to get some kind of increased sales because of the increase in the number of cars being sold.” U.S. auto sales are set to increase with large U.S. auto manufacturers experiencing an increase in sales.
Automotive trends are always on the move, and Thomas mentioned the following points in relation to shifts in the industry as well as challenges that auto franchising must overcome:
“What’s happened to the automotive industry is that the average car now on the road is ten years. People are keeping their cars longer and all of our products or the majority of our products we warranty for the ten years, so that we see a very positive outlook in the franchising automobile business.”
“The auto industry changes every year and we have to offer products and services to meet those changes. If a franchisee does not, he is in trouble. Plus the other challenge is, in the past years we’ve been having a very difficult [time] in financing. It’s very difficult for financing companies to get financing and it appears that the banks are starting to loosen up with financing and that should help a lot of franchisees who want to move forward in their business but need some capital.”
Ziebart services include protection, detailing and filming which all serve simultaneously to restore and safeguard owner investment in vehicle appearance and performance. This includes paint and window protection, as well as adding features to cars for logo and design purposes. Various markets throughout the globe are able to benefit from different types of services based on their specific needs, such as how the local climate influences vehicle maintenance.
Some of the key qualities Ziebart looks for in potential franchise partners:
Entrepreneurial Spirit, Love of Automobiles, & Customer Service Skills
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