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2021 Franchise 500 Rank
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Initial investment
$236K - $398K
Units as of 2020
26

Company Overview

About Merlin Complete Auto Care

Industry
Automotive
Founded
1975
Parent Company
Driven Brands
Leadership
Jonathan Fitzpatrick, CEO

Franchising Overview

Franchising Since
1975 (46 years)
# of employees at HQ
4
Where seeking

This company is seeking new franchisees in the following US states: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Wyoming

# of Units
26 (as of 2020)

Franchisor Information

Corporate Address
440 S. Church St., #700
Charlotte, NC 28202

Information for Franchisees

Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Merlin Complete Auto Care franchise.

Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees

Here’s what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.

Initial Franchise Fee
$30,000
Initial Investment
$236,200 - $398,000
Net Worth Requirement
$250,000
Cash Requirement
$110,000
Veteran Incentives
$10,000 off franchise fee
Royalty Fee
6.9%
Ad Royalty Fee
5%
Term of Agreement
15 years
Is franchise term renewable?
Yes

Financing Options

Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.

Third Party Financing
Merlin Complete Auto Care has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory

Training & Support Offered

Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.

On-The-Job Training
47 hours
Classroom Training
97 hours
Additional Training
At corporate training center
Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Newsletter
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Field Operations
Site Selection
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Marketing Planning & Support
Social Media
SEO
Website Development
Email Marketing
Loyalty Program/App

Operations

Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed?
No
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
No
Can this franchise be run part time?
No
# of employees required to run
5
Are exclusive territories available?
Yes

Franchise 500 Ranking History

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Updated: February 8th, 2021