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2021 Franchise 500 Rank
#323 Ranked #149 last year
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Initial investment
$298K - $469K
Units as of 2020
387 1% over 3 years

Company Overview

Ziebart, founded in 1959 by Kurt Ziebart, is an automotive appearance and protection services franchise. Ziebart developed a process to stop corrosion and opened the first Ziebart store in Detroit, Michigan. The private company began franchising in 1962 and now has locations in 37 countries. Today, product and service offerings include automotive detailing, window tinting, paint protection films, vehicle wraps, ceramic coatings, fabric and rust protection, spray-on bed liners, glass repair, scratch repair, and vehicle accessories.

About Ziebart

Industry
Automotive
Founded
1959
Parent Company
Ziebart International Corp.
Leadership
Thomas E. Wolfe, President/CEO

Franchising Overview

Franchising Since
1962 (59 years)
# of employees at HQ
100
Where seeking

This company is seeking new franchisees throughout the US.

This company is seeking new franchisees worldwide.

# of Units
387 (as of 2020)

Franchisor Information

Corporate Address
1290 E. Maple Rd.
Troy, MI 48083

Information for Franchisees

Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Ziebart 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
$36,000
Initial Investment
$297,800 - $469,100
Net Worth Requirement
$350,000
Cash Requirement
$150,000
Veteran Incentives
Franchise fee waived
Royalty Fee
5%/8%
Ad Royalty Fee
5%
Term of Agreement
10 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.

In-House Financing
Ziebart offers in-house financing to cover the following: equipment, accounts receivable
Third Party Financing
Ziebart has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: 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
228 hours
Classroom Training
104 hours
Ongoing Support
Newsletter
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Lease Negotiation
Field Operations
Site Selection
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Social Media
SEO
Website Development
Email Marketing

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
4
Are exclusive territories available?
No

Franchise 500 Ranking History

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Additional Rankings

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Ranked #323

Franchise 500 Ranking

Ranked #80

Top Global Franchises

Ranked #21

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Updated: February 8th, 2021