From Accidents to dents,
and every ding in between.

FAQ

DO I NEED TO HAVE ANY PRIOR EXPERIENCE IN THE AUTO BODY REPAIR INDUSTRY?

You don’t need any prior experience in the accident repair industry.   Carsmetics is now offering an extended Discovery Week where you will actually shadow one of our company-owned locations.  This offer is made to financially qualified candidates who have signed all non-disclosure documents.   You will still be expected to attend the full training program once you sign a franchise document.

DOES CARSMETICS OFFER FINANCING?

We don’t provide direct financing, but we do have a relationship with a finance facilitator that works off of a candidate’s credit score.  We will put you in contact with them if you would like to investigate the lending programs that may be available to you.

DOES CARSMETICS OFFER A MUTI-UNIT FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITY?

Until recently, that is all we sold.  Our business model is built on taking advantage of a multi-unit opportunity.  Once you have the first store open and running smoothly, we want to afford you the flexibility to open multiple locations and have complete control of your territory.  You are provided a protected territory as part of your franchise agreement, and we can discuss a master area development agreement during our conversations.

WHAT IS THE INITIAL FRANCHISE FEE AND ONGOING ROYALTY FEE?

The initial franchisee fee is $39,000. Ongoing royalties are 5% of gross revenues.  The national advertising fee is 1% of gross sales per month.

HOW LONG WILL I BE AT TRAINING AND WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO LEARN?

Our initial training program consists of approximately four weeks of on-line, classroom and on-site training at a Carsmetics location owned by one of our affiliates in Tampa, Florida.  We suggest that you, your general manager, and at least two additional employees attend and complete our initial training program.   In addition, one of our representatives will be at your site for up to 14 days (to be scheduled around your opening).

Your training program is intensive and includes shop training, affiliate marketing and sales training, POP sales training, and POS systems training.

WILL YOU ASSIST ME WITH ESTABLISHING MY VENDOR RELATIONSHIPS AND INITIAL INVENTORY PURCHASE?

Yes.  Our team will work side by side with you to ensure that you maximize your initial inventory purchase with projected sales based on our broad experience of opening new stores in various markets.

YOU MENTIONED THAT YOU WOULD CONDUCT A DEMOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS FOR MY NEW STORE.  WILL YOU HELP ME FIND THE BEST LOCATION?

We have significant data on the demographic characteristics of our existing customers.  We know how far they travel, what their median household income looks like, ethnic makeup, and we understand the general location requirements that give you the best chance for success.  Our team will evaluate locations as you provide them to us.  In the end, the choice of location is yours, but we would like to have significant input in the process.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO OPEN ONCE I HAVE SIGNED A FRANCHISE AGREEMENT?

Your first location will generally open within 6 months of signing your agreement.  If your location has already been identified, the time to open can be reduced considerably.

WILL YOU HELP ME WITH MY INITIAL MARKETING STRATEGY AND GRAND OPENING?

Yes.  We will assist you with all aspects of your opening, and we will be in attendance.  Our media buying specialist will work with you to develop a customized marketing strategy to promote your opening. Our Grand Opening events are structured for you to maximize local press opportunities and introduce the business model to the community.

SOCIAL MEDIA IS REALLY BIG RIGHT NOW.  DO YOU HAVE A POLICY AS TO WHAT I CAN AND CANNOT DO?

We have an extensive social media policy that we have coupled with best practices.  Some storeowners are better equipped to monitor and manage their social media presence than others.  We will discuss this at length during training and you will be all set up before you open your store.