Automotive Franchises

  • Rank
  • Company/Description/Initial Investment
# 22
Snap-on Tools

Snap-on Tools

Initial Investment: $160K - $316K

# 23
Jiffy Lube Int'l. Inc.

Jiffy Lube Int'l. Inc.

Initial Investment: $219K - $400K

# 37
Matco Tools

Matco Tools

Initial Investment: $85K - $248K

# 50
Meineke Car Care Centers

Meineke Car Care Centers

Initial Investment: $200K - $466K

# 53
Midas Int'l. Corp.

Midas Int'l. Corp.

Initial Investment: $184K - $430K

# 60
Valvoline Instant Oil Change

Valvoline Instant Oil Change

Initial Investment: $162K - $2M

# 75
Batteries Plus Bulbs

Batteries Plus Bulbs

Initial Investment: $215K - $389K

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# 98
Pop-A-Lock Franchise System

Pop-A-Lock Franchise System

Initial Investment: $100K - $135K

# 103
Sixt Franchise USA LLC

Sixt Franchise USA LLC

Initial Investment: $1.1M - $10.5M

# 106
Maaco Franchising Inc.

Maaco Franchising Inc.

Initial Investment: $375K - $487K

# 143
AAMCO Transmissions and Total Car Care

AAMCO Transmissions and Total Car Care

Initial Investment: $227K - $333K

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# 171
SuperGlass Windshield Repair

SuperGlass Windshield Repair

Initial Investment: $10K - $31K

# 184
Interstate All Battery Center

Interstate All Battery Center

Initial Investment: $173K - $435K

# 191
Colors On Parade

Colors On Parade

Initial Investment: $34K - $441K

# 223
Line-X LLC

Line-X LLC

Initial Investment: $155K - $334K

# 230
Cornwell Quality Tools Co.

Cornwell Quality Tools Co.

Initial Investment: $87K - $218K

# 233
J.D. Byrider

J.D. Byrider

Initial Investment: $675K - $5.3M

# 240
Express Oil Change

Express Oil Change

Initial Investment: $1.4M - $2.1M

# 266
Christian Brothers Automotive Corp.

Christian Brothers Automotive Corp.

Initial Investment: $403K - $475K

# 279
Mighty Distributing System

Mighty Distributing System

Initial Investment: $134K - $302K

# 316
Precision Tune Auto Care

Precision Tune Auto Care

Initial Investment: $127K - $254K

# 330
RNR Custom Wheels & Tire Express

RNR Custom Wheels & Tire Express

Initial Investment: $299K - $573K

# 347
Interior Magic Int'l.

Interior Magic Int'l.

Initial Investment: $33K - $100K

# 359
Honest-1 Auto Care LLC

Honest-1 Auto Care LLC

Initial Investment: $193K - $506K

# 371
Tint World

Tint World

Initial Investment: $108K - $200K

# 378
Ziebart

Ziebart

Initial Investment: $172K - $331K

# 441
Glass Doctor

Glass Doctor

Initial Investment: $109K - $279K

# 454
Big O Tires LLC

Big O Tires LLC

Initial Investment: $258K - $1.2M

# 468
Tuffy Associates Corp.

Tuffy Associates Corp.

Initial Investment: $229K - $419K

# 486
Rent-A-Wreck

Rent-A-Wreck

Initial Investment: $153K - $399K

# 495
Mr. Transmission/Transmission USA

Mr. Transmission/Transmission USA

Initial Investment: $174K - $247K

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Advanced Maintenance

Advanced Maintenance

Initial Investment: $118K - $175K

NR
Alta Mere the Automotive Outfitters/SmartView Window Solutions

Alta Mere the Automotive Outfitters/SmartView Window Solutions

Initial Investment: $115K - $196K

NR
Auto Appraisal Network Inc.

Auto Appraisal Network Inc.

Initial Investment: $17K - $44K

NR
Auto-Lab Complete Car Care Centers

Auto-Lab Complete Car Care Centers

Initial Investment: $131K - $313K

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AutoQual

AutoQual

Initial Investment: $47K - $65K

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Blow & Drive Interlock Inc.

Blow & Drive Interlock Inc.

Initial Investment: $145K - $231K

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BumperDoc Franchises

BumperDoc Franchises

Initial Investment: $138K - $241K

NR
CAP Solutions

CAP Solutions

Initial Investment: $58K - $97K

NR
Carstar Franchise Systems Inc.

Carstar Franchise Systems Inc.

Initial Investment: $19K - $799K

NR
Clear Lights Franchising Corp.

Clear Lights Franchising Corp.

Initial Investment: $35K - $126K

NR
Color Glo Int'l.

Color Glo Int'l.

Initial Investment: $56K - $61K

NR
Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care

Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care

Initial Investment: $192K - $230K

NR
Creative Colors International

Creative Colors International

Initial Investment: $84K - $111K

NR
Dent Doctor

Dent Doctor

Initial Investment: $62K - $164K

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Dr. Vinyl & Associates Ltd.

Dr. Vinyl & Associates Ltd.

Initial Investment: $41K - $72K

NR
Drive N Style

Drive N Style

Initial Investment: $76K - $85K

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EagleRider Motorcycle Rental

EagleRider Motorcycle Rental

Initial Investment: $49K - $179K

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Fleet Clean Systems Inc.

Fleet Clean Systems Inc.

Initial Investment: $90K - $321K

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Fleet Enterprises

Fleet Enterprises

Initial Investment: $34K - $123K

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There's a lot that goes into putting together the first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking in the world. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at Entrepreneur's 37th annual Franchise 500®.

The process began in July 2015, when we asked franchisors to participate in our survey. Each submission was vetted before being entered for data analysis; 951 companies made the first cut. Of those, the top 500 became the Franchise 500® ranking, based on financial and statistical data from July 2013 through July 2015.

Only franchise companies that supply a full Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) or Canadian Disclosure Document and whose information is verified by Entrepreneur can receive a listing. To be eligible for the Franchise 500®, a franchisor must have a minimum of 10 units, with at least one franchise located in the U.S. The company must be seeking new franchisees in the U.S., and it cannot be in Chapter 11 at the time the ranking is compiled. (The exception to these rules is Canada-based companies that are expanding only in Canada.)

All companies are judged by the same criteria: objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise operation. The most important factors include financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system. We also consider the number of years a company has been in business and the length of time it's been franchising, startup costs, litigation, percentage of terminations and whether the company provides financing. Financial data is analyzed by an independent CPA.

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