Whether opening a brand new center or converting from an independent body shop, the majority of our owners come into the MAACO system as Single-Center Operators.
As a new franchisee, you'll not only be a MAACO owner, but you'll also be part of the MAACO family. You'll align yourself with a successful business and share advantages such as:
- Over 40 years of automotive paint and collision repair experience
- Outstanding earning potential
- World class, comprehensive training program
- Ongoing operating support and assistance
- Territory protection
- Unmatched buying power
MAACO is the leader in the $43 billion automotive paint and collision industry. With virtually no nationally branded competition and over 40 years in franchising, MAACO dominates with more than 45% market share in automotive cosmetic paint. Furthermore, MAACO's advancement in the cosmetic collision sector ("cosmolision") provides dealers with fantastic opportunity for continued growth.
If thoughts of a proven business model, a family-oriented business, comfortable operating hours and huge income potential excite you, we encourage you to take a deeper look into MAACO Franchising. NO AUTOMOTIVE EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY - MAACO is a retail-oriented, auto service franchise business with successful owners from many walks of life.
Ownership Options & Success Stories
MAACO owners come from a variety of different backgrounds, and enter the MAACO system both as owners of brand new shops and as conversions from independent body shops. We have great pride in the number of success stories that have come from our owners through the past 40 years.
"My interaction with the Maaco sales team quickly led me to choose Maaco over the other franchise options. Once I committed to Maaco, the Maaco sales team helped me secure an existing re-sale as well as licenses for additional locations. I have not been disappointed with the support that the Maaco corporate team has provided me. I found the training to be enjoyable, while covering the fundamentals needed to run my own operation. My experience thus far only validates my initial impressions that I made a great choice in pursuing Maaco." Eric Gassenfeit, Detroit, MI
"We wanted to be partnered with a franchise with a proven system that took a straight forward and honest approach to how they did business. We found all of that with Maaco. One thing we didn't anticipate was how exciting it would be interacting on a regular basis with a great support staff. It has truly been a great experience for us. Maaco has always been there for us." Bill & Marilyn Cruce, Tucson, AZ
"Before I converted to a MAACO, I ran a successful independent body shop. The last five years were extremely tough. I began a new journey in my life the day I signed my MAACO franchise agreement. MAACO made me feel welcomed, important and comfortable. MAACO wants you to succeed and is with you every step of the way. My helpless feeling is now gone and revenue is exploding." Bill Grimes, Monroeville, PA
Single Center Operator
Many of our MAACO owners have taken the next step towards expanding in their market by opening a second shop. It's not uncommon for a Multi-Center Operator to continue expanding from two shops to three and beyond.
On June, 1, 2014 we officially launched the "Maaco Store" hub-and-spoke program. This initiative allows existing franchisees to open store fronts in high traffic retail locations, like strip malls, with the purpose of driving more cars to their production centers located 5 to 10 miles away.
The Maaco Advantage
- Maaco shops average $388,210* more than the average independent body shop
- Unmatched purchasing power, reducing your product cost drastically
- 50% off initial license fee
To explore options to take your business to a new level, please contact the Director of Franchise Sales & Development in your area!
Training & Support
Three weeks of hands-on training is provided to new franchise owners at our Corporate Headquarters, located in Charlotte, NC. Franchisees will receive instruction on sales, management, production and customer service procedures during this time. Upon opening, three weeks of on-the-job training will be provided by your regional trainer. The support team will also assistance with hiring and training new employees. Your local fleet director will provide assistance in developing local trade and fleet accounts. Six to 12 months of new MAACO center development oversight and ongoing training and development will be continuously provided. You will also have access to over 2,000 hours of online training support. On an ongoing basis, the Maaco franchise system provides the benefits of an all-encompassing business system that helps manage KPI's, inventory, and payroll.
Maaco boasts a 40-year-old brand that is the most well-recognized auto painting & collision repair company in the industry. Through promotions on broadcast and cable television, internet, mobile devices, and social media platforms, our multi-million dollar advertising fund drives retail customers to your business. Local Marketing Managers help tailor local marketing efforts within the community, provide support and education on new marketing tools.
Maaco provides geographic protection for your center. With our state-of-the-art SIMMS software, we select the optimal market, based on analysis of demographics and trade area. A full in-house Real Estate Team stands ready to negotiate lease and leasehold improvements with landlord, and also provide assistance with zoning and permit requirements.
Maaco works with numerous lending institutions for all levels of financing. The Maaco Support Center helps NEW and EXISTING franchisees obtain lines of credit, equipment leases, 401K rollover and facility improvements, when needed. Franchisees will also have access to an extensive database with nation-wide franchise loan information (industry, brand, location, lender, etc.). Over the past 40+ years, we have built strong partnerships with conventional lenders for fast and seamless financing, a great alternative to SBA. Support with documentation, including building cash flow statements, writing business plans, and filling out applications is also provided.
MAACO's 40+ years of auto body franchising experience provides you with a proven operating system unparalleled in the franchise world. The MAACO franchises' longevity is evidence of our success and proof of unlimited franchising potential. You'll always have everything at your fingertips to grow as a MAACO franchisee.
A common question our Sales & Management team receives is: "Are franchisees required to have an automotive background?" No. The Maaco franchise business model is retail-oriented, a background in the automotive industry is not necessary or required. In fact, successful Maaco franchise owners come from all walks of life with various skillsets.
The minimum requirement of owning a Maaco is a net worth of $300,000. You also need $140,000 or more in liquid assets, as well as a credit score of 700 or higher. In terms of personal qualities of prospective owners, we look for sales aptitude, financial management skills, managerial experience and the ability to personally devote the time and effort necessary to build, manage and supervise a MAACO center.
|Initial Franchise Fee||$40,000|
|Total Estimated Investment||$295,000+ (+ working capital and tenant improvements)|
MAACO is North America's number one automotive aftermarket franchise in terms of unit sales. With system wide sales approaching a billion dollars, MAACO is regarded as one of today's best franchise opportunities. As a MAACO franchisee, you are in business for yourself, but you will never be by yourself. We are with you every step of the way.
Pre License Steps
- Submit the Maaco Preliminary Questionnaire
- Discuss Maaco with your Director of Franchise Sales & Development
- Review the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD)
- Submit financials and supporting documentation for approval
- Once approved, review the Franchise Trade Agreement (FTA)
Post License Steps
- Attend a introduction phone call with Maaco corporate
- Work with our in-house Real Estate Team to secure an optimal location
- Partner with our Financing Manager to assist with funding
- Get started with the project coordinator who will handle signage, equipment, inventory, training and Grand Opening!
Franchise Development Team
VP of Franchise Sales & Development
Director of Franchise Sales – Northeast & Central
Director of Franchise Sales – West Coast
What is the total investment?
The total estimated initial investment is as little as $332,052*.
How much money can I make?
Our certified franchisees average $1,287,448* in annual sales with an average net income of $192,240*. *Please see item 19 of our FDD for more details.
Is financing available to open a MAACO center?
Yes, financing is available for qualified buyers. For those who can meet the $140,000 cash investment and have a net worth of at least $300,000, we have been able to help with the rest of the investment more than 95% of the time. There are many ways franchisees finance transactions including, but not limited to, cash, SBA loans, home equity lines of credit, equipment leasing, seller financing (conversions), borrowed funds and 401k Rollovers. MAACO has relationships with a number of financial partners for you to consider.
What is the term of the franchise?
The term of the MAACO auto body franchise ownership is 15 years, which is renewable in five-year options.
What assistance will MAACO provide for the real estate selection?
MAACO will provide franchisees with site selection assistance, lease negotiation assistance, digital ads, construction assistance and equipment installation. In the event of a conversion, we will assist you in finding existing centers for sale in your designated area. Regardless of how you choose to open, our staff is ready, willing and able to assist in all aspects of your transaction. Once you become a franchisee, our real estate managers will visit your market to start the process. Our goal is to find you at least three approvable locations within the first 90 days.
What is the availability of sites and territory in my area of interest?
Today there are plenty of opportunities available throughout the US. Your Franchise Development Director will research your area of choice and identify any and all approvable markets.
What are MAACO's real estate site criteria?
MAACO targets areas with 50,000 registered vehicles, an average footprint of 7,000 feet and available retail-friendly locations.
Do I have to buy inventory from you?
Absolutely not. However, our buying power is so strong that more than 90% of our dealers buy from us each and every year.