When it comes to making the most out of the potential opportunities for growth in the automotive repair industry, there’s one brand that stands above the rest: Christian Brothers Automotive.
For the past 35 years, the brand has been setting a new standard for excellence in the increasingly popular industry. It’s bringing a level of quality to the segment that has historically been missing—in addition to providing its customers and business owners with top tier service and support, Christian Brothers Automotive goes above and beyond to ensure that its core values are being lived out on a daily basis. And with more than 160 units that are currently thriving in communities across the country, it’s clear that the brand’s unique concept is catching on among consumers and business owners alike.
When aspiring entrepreneurs sign on to open up their own Christian Brothers Automotive shop, they gain access to a long list of competitive advantages. However, these are the top five factors that franchisees consistently point to as the main reasons that inspired them to grow alongside the leading brand.
1. Demand for Christian Brothers Automotive’s Services is Climbing
It’s no secret that roads across the country are packed with cars. There are more than 250 million automobiles on the road in the U.S., and they are all in need of maintenance and repair. And according to the IHS Automotive, the average age of a car is expected to reach nearly 12 years by 2019. That means that consumers are actively searching for the best brand to keep their cars—and passengers—safe. And because Christian Brothers Automotive provides a positive auto repair experience, it stands out from the competition.
“Car maintenance and repair isn’t a want, it’s a need. That means that demand for our services is always going to be there, regardless of the state of the economy,” said Mark Carr, president and CEO of Christian Brothers Automotive. “But we aren’t solely relying on general demand to grow the Christian Brothers Automotive brand. By establishing strong relationships with our guests and creating an environment in which they feel comfortable, we’re ensuring that we’re positioned as the best in the business.”
2. Opportunities for Growth Are Available in Key Development Markets Across the U.S.
While Christian Brothers Automotive boasts a strong network of more than 160 units, there are still numerous opportunities for the brand to grow. And with plans to add another 15 to 20 locations to its system by the end of 2017, Christian Brothers Automotive is able to offer aspiring business owners the rights to develop and own top tier markets. That then gives them access to previously unrealized growth potential, ultimately helping franchisees boost their bottom lines.
“Unlike other franchise concepts that oversaturate markets, Christian Brothers Automotive is able to strategically expand its reach and give its owners the opportunity to make the most out of what their local communities have to offer,” said Josh Wall, vice president of franchise and strategic development for Christian Brothers Automotive. “The opportunities to grow alongside our brand are endless, and we’re eager to work with franchisees who share our passion for realizing their full potential as business owners and entrepreneurs.”
3. The Brand’s Commitment to Living Out its Values and Mission Are Evident Across its Entire System
It’s rare for a franchise brand to make the effort to live out its core values every day. But through Christian Brothers Automotive’s connection to the Christian faith, the brand’s system is designed to see its mission and values through. Even though Christian Brothers Automotive is a business that takes bottom lines into consideration, it conducts its operations in an open, honest and straightforward manner. That means respecting everyone who plays a role in the brand’s system, from its employees to its customers.
“What really makes Christian Brothers Automotive stand out is the people behind the brand. Every member of our team—whether they’re on the corporate of franchisee side of the business—wants to make a difference in the lives of others. No matter where we’re operating, we all come together over our roots in the Christian faith,” said Amy Stehr, Christian Brothers Automotive’s franchisee in Rockwall, Texas. “Christian Brothers Automotive is more than just a brand. We’re a family.”
4. Christian Brothers Automotive’s Simple and Proven Business Model is an Affordable Investment
Every aspect of Christian Brothers Automotive’s franchise system is designed to set its franchisees up for success. By signing on to become a local owner, entrepreneurs gain access to a simple business model that’s equipped with a step-by-step guide to ensuring smooth operations. The brand’s system has also proven itself to work time and time again in a variety of different markets, proving that Christian Brothers Automotive is tapping into a universal demand among consumers.
In addition to offering its franchisees an established model, Christian Brothers Automotive makes its system affordable for aspiring entrepreneurs. Initial investments range from $408,100 to $477,600, including the operational costs for the first year of business.
5. Franchisees Can Easily Scale Their Businesses by Tapping into the Brand’s Strong Support
Beyond the ability to provide its franchisees with an easily adaptable model, Christian Brothers Automotive also supports its local owners throughout the entire business ownership process. From real estate selection and marketing techniques to general best practices, the brand’s corporate team makes itself accessible to its franchisees to ensure that their businesses are taking off. That heightened level of support then makes it easy for entrepreneurs to scale their businesses, and continue growing alongside Christian Brothers Automotive as it breaks into new markets.
“As a franchisor, our top priority is ensuring that our network of owners have the tools and resources that they need to succeed. We want them to be able to expand their reach and ultimately launch multiple locations so that they can capitalize on previously unrealized potential,” said Wall. “There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing someone thrive as a business owner, and we’re looking forward to continuing this trend with new owners in the months and years to come.”