Top 250 Franchise by Entrepreneur – Rank no. 197 – Express Oil Change – US
Products & Services: Oil changes, brakes, tire services, tune ups
Number of Locations: 194
Total Investment: $1.39M – 1.87M
Began Franchising: 1983
About Express Oil Change
Former gas station manager Jim Lunceford founded Express Oil Change in 1979 after hearing about a West Coast business that offered quick oil changes. Lunceford brought the concept to Alabama, opened four centers and began franchising in 1984.
In 1996, franchisees Joe Watson and Ricky Brooks purchased Express Oil Change from Lunceford and began expanding the company into Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia and the Carolinas. Two years later, the company purchased Tune-Up Clinics, a 28-store chain based in Atlanta. Twenty-five Tune-Up Clinic locations became Express Oil Change centers after the purchase.
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units in the following states:
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Midwest, North Carolina, Northeast, South, South Carolina, Southeast, Southwest, Tennessee, Texas, West.
Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing
Total Investment: $1,400,500 – $1,883,500
Franchise Fee: $35,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 5%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Net Worth: $500,000
Liquid Cash Available: $300,000 – $350,000
85% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 6 – 8. Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (92% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
How This Franchise Supports Franchisees
Training: Available at headquarters: 2 days. At franchisee’s location: Varies. At training centers : 4-8 weeks.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives, Lease Negotiation
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, Regional advertising,
Franchise Ranking History
Franchise 500®: #197 (2013), #234 (2012), #473 (2011), #487 (2010),
EXPRESS OIL CHANGE® & Service Center is one of the leading automotive service providers in the South with over 200 locations across thirteen states. Throughout our 34 year history, our oil change process has been refined to give our customers the quickest oil change around while still providing the highest quality service and premium vehicle maintenance checks.
Each and every EXPRESS OIL CHANGE® & Service Center houses a full-service automotive mechanical department staffed by experienced technicians. Our ASE-certified technicians provide total car care through the use of state-of-the-art equipment and premium parts.
Our commitment to you, our customer, is quality work, friendliness, and integrity in everything that we do. At EXPRESS OIL CHANGE® & Service Center, quality work, friendliness, and integrity means…
We won’t pressure you to buy any service or parts
We won’t waste your time – our oil change service is quick and convenient – you wait in your vehicle and you never need an appointment
We won’t deeply discount our oil change prices only to add-on fees or cross-sell additional services
We won’t recommend any service that is not immediately needed
In the News
Our Mission, Core Values, and Vision
At EXPRESS OIL CHANGE® & Service Center, every action we take and every decision we make is guided by our mission, our core values, and our vision.
The EXPRESS OIL CHANGE® & Service Center Mission
“To give each customer the assurance that their car is well-maintained by providing the highest quality automotive products and services delivered quickly and conveniently in a superior environment by a friendly, professional staff emphasizing integrity in every action.”
Our Core Values
Pride of Workmanship
“We are the pre-eminent automotive maintenance provider, leading our industry through excellence, innovation, and growth.”
EXPRESS OIL CHANGE® & Service Center takes our stewardship of the environment seriously. That’s why when we perform an oil change on your vehicle, each and every drop of used oil that we remove from your vehicle is recycled. On a regular basis, used motor oil is removed from our environmentally-safe receptacles by companies that specialize in the recycling of used motor oil. This process helps ensure that used motor oil does not end up in landfills where serious soil contamination can occur. The used motor oil is cleaned and replenished with additives so that the refined oil can be used again. A small percentage of recycled motor oil is once again used for vehicle lubrication. The vast majority of it, however, is used for commercial and industrial purposes such as heating oil in power and manufacturing plants or in asphalt production.
If you choose to change your motor oil yourself EXPRESS OIL CHANGE® & Service Center will gladly accept your used motor oil for recycling. Simply drop off your used motor oil in an acceptable container to any EXPRESS OIL CHANGE® & Service Center and we will store it in our used oil receptacle for pick-up and recycling.