Do you have a passion for everything car-related and a desire to build a profitable business? Then starting your own business in the car sector with a thriving franchise like Autoglym is an excellent idea! Autoglym is a well-established car care brand that welcomes UK franchisees and supports them during every stage of their investment journey. Find out more below.
Autoglym is a preferred UK supplier of car care, tyre care and specialist cleaning products. Operating within a profitable niche of the automotive industry, which contributes a total of £15.3 billion to the UK economy [Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders], it’s a great choice of franchise investment, especially if you’re a sales-oriented person with plenty of vehicular knowledge who’d love to work on the go.
Does Autoglym franchise in the UK?
If you’re interested in selling Autoglym specialist cleaners as a van-based franchisee, you’ll be delighted to hear that yes, the company does indeed franchise in the UK. From its headquarters in Welwyn Garden City, Autoglym would be delighted to welcome you to the 65-location-strong network.
Autoglym is a trusted proven household name at the top of the tree in the marketplace. They produce products both we and our customers can believe in. Autoglym have years of expertise in development and have been at the top of their game for 50 years – the products do exactly what they should do – it’s the Autoglym way, always has been.
- Branson Poyner, Autoglym Sales Specialist
The history of Autoglym car care products
Autoglym was first established in 1965, when motor trade entrepreneur Dennis Barley developed a special system for the renovation of used car paintwork. Autoglym’s original range consisted of 11 products total, including Autoglym paint renovators, Autoglym car polishes, Autoglym wheel care cleaning fluids and more.
Autoglym was bought by the Altro Group in the mid 70s, and has expanded massively since the launch of its retail range in 1986. This made its products accessible to and purchasable by a much wider audience (as they were originally only available for professional valets to make use of, but had become a coveted open trade secret).
In the early 90s, Autoglym’s base moved from Welwyn Garden City to Letchworth Garden City in order to accommodate its increased manufacturing and sales demands. In the same time period, the product range continued to expand and the company received ISO accreditation. Fast forward to 2021, and Autoglym is an established household name in the field of car care products, sold in more than 45 countries across the globe.
Our quest for perfection began with eight pioneering car care treatments that breathed new life into tired bodywork and wheels. From our original premises in Welwyn Garden City, Autoglym quickly became a trusted name, finding a home on shelves across the nation’s car dealerships and garages.
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Start a franchise in the car cleaning sector with an Autoglym business
Definitely interested in this company that’s been able to make a real name for itself in the automotive space and become one of the top car franchises in the UK? Then keep on reading. These are the three questions that you’ll need to know the answers to in order to go ahead with an Autoglym franchise investment, safe in the knowledge you’re right for the role...
1. How do you go about becoming an Autoglym franchisee?
You can find out more about becoming an Autoglym franchisee via the company’s profile page, linked at the top of this article. It’s worth noting that if you’re interested in investing in Autoglym tyre care, wheel care and paint care products, you won’t necessarily need direct automotive industry experience. Instead, Autoglym simply asks that its franchisees are:
- Knowledgeable about/interested it car parts, car accessories and car equipment
- Entrepreneurial and business minded
- Passionate about the car valeting industry/car care services sector
- Hands-on, hard-working and dedicated to achieving franchise success
2. How much do you need to invest?
The average cost of starting a franchise in the UK, as of 2018, was £42,200 [British Franchise Association]. The cost of investing with Autoglym - despite the fact that the brand is a globally recognised household name - is just above this average, making it a great deal. You can become an Autoglym franchisee for a minimum initial investment of £50,000.
If you’re really interested in launching a car care franchise but this investment is above your financial means, don’t fear - there are lower-cost options available in similar niche automotive areas. An investment with windscreen repair franchise Optic-Kleer, for instance, requires a minimum initial investment of just £19,950.
3. What do you get for your investment?
When you’ve made your investment and started your Autoglym franchise, you’ll receive an extensive and comprehensive franchise package of training and support. The training will cover product inventory, sales, marketing, customer support, service orientation and IT system introductions. The ongoing support will then be there for you pre-launch and post-launch, with expert advice on hand when it’s required. You’ll also be supported with business plan development, provided with commercial guidance and offered a five-year financial roadmap to success.
Our extensive network of franchise businesses distribute Autoglym Professional products from their own van-based mobile showrooms, providing excellent service levels and technical expertise to trade clients the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland. Each franchisee purchases an exclusive geographical territory and develops their business and customer base within this region.
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Start running your own franchise with this car cleaning business now
If, after reading this article and finding out more about Autoglym, you’re more certain than ever that you’d like to make an investment with this car valeting and cleaning business, you know what to do. If, on the other hand, you’d like to continue to explore your options, stay on Point Franchise. Check out car and automotive franchise investment opportunities from Screen Rescue to ChipsAway, and find the perfect fit for you.
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