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Tuffy Associates Corp./Car-X Associates Corp.

2014 Franchise 500
#237
At a Glance

Products & Services: Auto repair

Number of Locations: 350

Total Investment: $232K - $413.5K

Founded: 1970

Began Franchising: 1971

About Tuffy Associates Corp./Car-X Associates Corp.

Charles Amy founded Tuffy Auto Service Centers when he opened the first Tuffy Muffler shop in 1970. The private company began franchising one year later and now has shops in several states. It is based in Toledo.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2014 308 0 0 42
2013 317 0 0 33
2012 326 0 0 46
2011 352 0 0 30
2010 362 0 0 32
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units in the following states:
Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Midwest, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northeast, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South, South Dakota, Southeast, Southwest, Virginia, Wisconsin.
Direct Capital

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $232,000 - $413,500
Franchise Fee: $25,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 1-5%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 15 years, renewable
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $250,000
Liquid Cash Available: $125,000
Operations
30% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 4 - 5. Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (90% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
Direct Capital
Financing Type In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee
Startup Costs
Equipment
Inventory
Accounts Receivable
Payroll

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 3 weeks. At franchisee's location: 2 weeks. At existing store : 1 week.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, National media, Regional advertising,

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #237 (2014), #284 (2013), #269 (2012), #217 (2011), #199 (2010),

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