Quick lubes allow car owners to get their oil changed quickly. Many of these businesses can offer an oil change in 15 minutes or less. This can be very appealing to those who have a limited amount of time, but still want to keep up with their car maintenance. To start a quick lube business, you will need to know more than the proper way to change a car's oil. There are many business and financial aspects to consider.
Obtain funding for your business. Funding options include money that you borrow from a lender, friends or relatives or money that you already have in savings.
Choose a location for your business that is zoned for a quick lube business and fits your budget. A real estate agent can help you with this process. Potential locations should be in an area that generates a lot of traffic daily.
Apply for a business license. You can get a business license at your local courthouse.
Contact an insurance agent to obtain business insurance as well as any insurance you will need if you plan to provide insurance to employees that you will have working for you.
Order supplies and make modifications to the building if necessary. You will need at least one automotive bay for oil changes.
Hire employees by placing a classified ad in your local newspaper or online. Potential candidates need to have experience working with cars.
Advertise your business by sending out fliers to residents within a 10-mile radius. Offer them a discounted rate if they bring in the flier with them when they visit the quick lube. Have a grand opening for your quick lube. To attract people and spread the word about your business offer a free quick lube if they refer a friend.
Consider calling quick lubes in other areas that are not in direct competition with you and talk to the owner of the company to see if they have any tips or advice.
- William Hasenfrim; Former Quick Lube owner and Mechanic; Jupiter, Florida