2014 Franchise 500
At a Glance

Products & Services: Auto appearance and protection services

Number of Locations: 378

Total Investment: $167K - $326K

Founded: 1959

Began Franchising: 1963

About Ziebart

Ziebart was founded in 1959 by Kurt Ziebart, a German auto mechanic. Ziebart developed a process to stop corrosion and opened the first Ziebart store in Detroit, Michigan. The private company began franchising in 1963 and now has locations in 31 countries. Today, product offerings include automotive detailing, window tinting, paint protection film, fabric and rust protection, spray-on bed liner, glass repair, scratch repair and vehicle accessories.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2014 78 84 202 14
2013 80 87 199 13
2012 86 80 195 14
2011 87 80 193 16
2010 87 80 182 16
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units worldwide.
Direct Capital

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $167,000 - $326,000
Franchise Fee: $25,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 5%/8%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Veteran Incentives: Franchise fee waived
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $250,000
Liquid Cash Available: $100,000
10% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 4. Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
Direct Capital
Financing Type In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee
Startup Costs
Accounts Receivable

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 3-6 weeks. At franchisee's location: 3-6 weeks.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, National media, Regional advertising,

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #344 (2014), #297 (2013), #153 (2012), #288 (2011), #375 (2010),
America's Top Global: #96 (2013), #122 (2012),

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