Rank no. 297 – Ziebart – US
Products & Services: Auto appearance & protection services
Number of Locations: 378
Total Investment: $167K – 326K
Began Franchising: 1963
Ziebart was founded in 1959 by Kurt Ziebart, a German auto mechanic. Ziebart developed a process to stop corrosion and opened the first Ziebart store in Detroit, Michigan. The private company began franchising in 1963 and now has locations in 31 countries. Today, product offerings include automotive detailing, window tinting, paint protection film, fabric and rust protection, spray-on bed liner, glass repair, scratch repair and vehicle accessories.
Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing
Franchise Fee: $25,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 5%/8%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Net Worth: $250,000
Liquid Cash Available: $100,000
10% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 4. Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
|FINANCING TYPE||IN-HOUSE||THIRD PARTY|
How This Franchise Supports Franchisees
Franchise Ranking History
|Founded||Detroit, Michigan (1959)|
|Headquarters||Troy, Michigan, United States|
|Key people||Thomas E. Wolfe, President andCEO|
|Services||rustproofing and automobile detailing|
|Revenue||$32.5 million (2004)|
Ziebart International Corporation is a company based in Troy, Michigan, and is the worldwide franchisor of the Ziebart brand of automotive aftermarket stores. Some of the services offered by Ziebart stores include rustproofing; automobile detailing; scratch, dent, and scuff repair; window tinting; and the installation of after-market accessories.
Ziebart opened its first outlet in Detroit in 1959. Its first international location opened inWindsor, Ontario, Canada in 1962. As of 2009, there are approximately 400 locations in 40 countries worldwide. On Monday, September 12, 2011, founder Kurt Ziebart, who inventing rustproofing for automobiles, died at his home in Williamsburg, Michigan, about 10 miles east of Traverse City in the northern Lower Peninsula.