Autovaletdirect is a mobile valeting service, that was established in 1985 and has since grown into one of the UK’s largest car valeting companies. With franchises operating across the country, the company provides valet services through a purpose built mobile valet vehicle, fitted with specialist equipment, hot water supply and a bespoke bay to protect cars during poor weather conditions.
In addition to standard valet services, Autovaletdirect has also expanded its service offering to include more diverse products, including paintwork correction, signage removal, odour removal and providing services at corporate events.
Their own branded cleaning system also gives the company a competitive edge, as it is a more environmentally-friendly process, requiring less cleaning product and water, and provides a swift and efficient result.
As a completely mobile service, Autovaletdirect can be a great opportunity for franchisees looking for a flexible and adaptable franchise option.
Where is the Autovaletdirect franchise based?
The headquarters of the Autovaletdirect franchise are located in Kent, England.
How much does an Autovaletdirect franchise cost?
To start your own Autovaletdirect franchise, you will need a minimum investment of £9,930, excluding VAT. The company also recommends that franchisees have enough financial support to support the business during the early stage of launch.
You will also need to invest in your own Autovaletdirect vehicle, which is not included in the franchise fee, and can be purchased or leased separately. A van is available for lease for approximately £130/month, with a lease deposit of £,1100.
For a Hot Wash and Steam upgraded franchise package, you would need a larger, medium-sized vehicle. On average, you may need to invest £183/month, as well as paying a deposit of £1,250.
Second-hand vans are also available for purchase, and may cost around £5,000 to £7,000.
Franchisees must ensure that any vans, leased or purchased, adhere to the brand’s corporate colour of silver.
Is there funding available for an Autovaletdirect franchise?
Funding may be available from most major high street banks, and Autovaletdirect has a relationship with some banks’ franchise departments – information on this is available upon request.
What territories are available for an Autovaletdirect franchise?
Territories are available all across the UK. Franchisees receive a protected geographic territory, encompassing a market of several thousand potential customers. It may be possible to purchase additional or larger territories once you are ready to grow the business and can establish a good history of successful trading.
What experience do you need to start an Autovaletdirect franchise?
While many people who joining Autovaletdirect have an appreciation of cars and enjoy working with them, it is not necessary to have a professional background in the valet or car industry, as full training on how to use and provide the company’s services will be provided to all franchisees.
It is essential to have strong personal motivation and drive, as well as good communication skills, in order to run a successful business. Current franchisees come from a variety of backgrounds, many of whom enjoy how straightforward it is to start up your own business with this franchise, as well as the day-to-day variety of customers and clients they get to meet.
As the business is based on providing a mobile service, this franchise is ideal for anyone looking for an active and varied business opportunity.
What training and support will you receive with an Autovaletdirect franchise?
Autovaletdirect provides a comprehensive package of training and support through the start-up phase of every franchise. You’ll receive induction training at the company’s main head office, as well as on-site practical experience with an existing franchisee for one week, to cover all the key services offered by the company. This is followed by an additional three days of training, carried out at the franchisee’s own site.
After the initial training period, franchisees also receive ongoing back-up support, as well as continued access to business management, problem solving and marketing advice from the main Autovaletdirect head office team. There is also a 24/7 national call centre available, for round-the-clock advice and support.
What does your franchise agreement with Autovaletdirect include?
All franchisees receive a complete package to start their business, including the brand’s own vehicle fitting, vehicle branding and valeting system installed. You will also receive steam and heat cleaning equipment, as well as chemical vinyl removal systems, to strip vehicle signage.
Your vehicle is kitted out with the company’s own specialist mobile valet supplies, including a protected electric generator, cleaning equipment and cleaning tools.
Franchisees are also provided with branded uniforms, stationary and marketing materials, as well as cleaning chemicals, valeting materials and other sundries required.
Additional specialist cleaning materials can be purchased by franchisees directly from suppliers and from the company at competitive prices.
Is an Autovaletdirect franchise a good business opportunity?
An Autovaletdirect franchise can be a great opportunity for business owners, as it offers the chance to be a part of a well established and successful company in the industry. With several decades of experience, the brand is well trusted with customers, and gives franchisees the chance to expand across a wider range of market sectors.
In addition to its standard valet services, Autovaletdirect has grown to include automotive events and corporate or industrial vehicles, leisure vehicles and caravan sites, and professional vehicle graphic and sign removal.
Specialist vehicle gatherings such as car shows, racing displays and other trade and public events are especially popular markets for franchisees, by presenting both a large number of potential customers and also helping to promote the brand to a larger audience. These areas present franchisees to increase income, by offering services to growing
and lucrative markets.
How can you get started on owning your own Autovaletdirect franchise?
To find out more about starting your own Autovaletdirect franchise, get in touch with the company by clicking on the enquiry button found on this page.
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