Franchising – Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Autosmart franchising concept?

The Autosmart franchising concept is an owner-operator, van franchise opportunity. Autosmart’s award-winning franchising concept involves selling unique cleaning products every month to a diverse trade customer base in your own exclusive franchise territory.

What are the advantages of buying an Autosmart van franchise?

Autosmart offers a proven franchising business model and a secure route to being self employed. By becoming an Autosmart franchisee you are establishing a partnership with a longstanding successful company. You will benefit from our extensive training and award winning support, which has been recognised as one of the best franchises in the UK by the bfa (British Franchising Association). You will also be able to capitalise on our unique, market leading products and existing brand awareness in order to gain an excellent return on your investment.

Is Autosmart financially stable?

Yes! We have been successfully franchising for 35 years and counting. We have experienced growth and profit year on year and we have grown internationally, franchising across 8 countries. We have over 117 van based franchisees in the UK alone. As we are continuing to grow, we even opened a second manufacturing site in 2015 to keep up with product demand.

What is the market like in my area?

All types of businesses use Autosmart products; from valeters to hauliers, car dealerships and garages to schools, pubs, farms and all types of businesses in between. Any business with something to clean is a potential customer. We carry out extensive research to ensure each territory has the same business potential.

Will there be competitors in my area?

Yes, but no other competitor has greater national coverage. Autosmart is 7 times larger than our nearest competitor. Competition in any market indicates a strong and vibrant market place and we show you how to successfully win new business. We are market leaders and our unique products are continually in demand. For example, 1 in 3 trucks and 1 in 5 cars are trade cleaned using our products.

How much does it cost to set up an Autosmart van franchise?

The cost will vary depending on the available territory. There are various routes into the business depending on your available capital. Investment can start from as little as £15k. Please contact us for specific details of your desired territory.

How much do Autosmart charge for royalties?

Nothing! We manufacture all our own products, which you, as a franchisee, would buy from us. We invest in your success as much as you do.

What skills do I need to be an Autosmart franchisee?

Autosmart franchisees are people who want to run their own business and have the drive and motivation to succeed. Previous sales or business experience is not necessary. Our franchisees come from a wide variety of backgrounds including banking, automotive, engineering, teaching, plumbing and even jewellery designing.

Why is the available franchise for sale?

The average time a franchisee stays with us is 12 years, so Autosmart van franchises don’t often come up for sale. When they are, it can be for any number of reasons from retirement to a desire for a change.

How long is the franchising agreement?

The franchising agreement is for a 5 year initial term, renewable for up to 30 years. In the unlikely event you wanted to sell before your 5 year contract renewal period, you are free to do so.

How much time do I need to invest in my franchise?

Becoming self employed and running your own business always takes time and dedication. In order to get the most out of your franchise we recommend you dedicate full time working hours from Monday to Friday. Self employment is always self rewarding; the more you put in, the more you get out.

Can I talk to existing franchisees?

Yes, it’s a key part of your research. We want you to build a clear picture of what your life would be like as an Autosmart franchisee. The more franchisees you speak to the better.

Can I buy a franchise with a partner?

Autosmart is an owner-operator franchising concept rather than a management franchise and therefore doesn’t support more than one person. We invest in you, the franchise owner from day one and ensure you are fully able to run your business.

Where does my investment go?

Your investment buys your business assets, including your Autosmart mobile showroom, customer base and stock and also funds your working capital.

These are assets that you sell on when you retire, giving you a substantial cash lump sum.

If you didn’t find the answer you were looking for among our buying a franchise FAQs, please contact us to discuss further or to book a one to one discovery day.