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Top Automotive Franchises

 

All but five of the 21 automotive companies in the Top 200+ boosted sales throughout 2016, while the largest, Midas with 2,098 units, saw flat sales compared to 2015. It’s a time of massive change in the U.S. automotive industry, with near-record sales, an accelerating transition toward fully electric vehicles and continued consolidation where big-name brands gobble up mom-and-pop shops amid rising barriers to entry and education requirements.

Sales Growth - Auto Repair Franchises

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
371 Mr. Transmission 65  18.2%
400 Honest-1 Auto Care 52  15.7%
111 Big O Tires 735* 3.5%
162  AAMCO Transmission 426  1.8%
135 Meineke Car Care Centers 553  1.7%
288 Tuffy Tire & Auto Service 142  1.3%
78 Midas 1,485* 0.0%
265 Precision Tune Auto Care 172  -0.3%
472 Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care 32  -9.2%

*Franchise Times Estimate

Mr. Transmission and Honest-1 Auto Care led all auto repair franchises in sales growth, with both companies topping a 15 percent. Midas finished 2016 with a zero percent change in its annual sales, but with 26 fewer locations than the previous year. Cottman Transmission, the smallest auto repair franchise in the Top 200+, dropped the farthest with a 9.2 percent loss.

 

Sales Growth - Collision Repair Franchises

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
234 Christian Brothers Automotive 219 17.6%
139 Maaco 518 4.6%
108 CARSTAR 746 -4.1%

As a whole, the collision repair sub-category was up 1.6 percent, with Christian Brothers Automotive leading the pack. Of the automotive companies in the Top 200, CARSTAR saw the biggest loss from 2015 to 2016, at 4.1 percent. 

 

Sales Growth - Oil Change Franchises

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
96 Valvoline Instant Oil Change 931  19.6%
221 Express Oil Change 255  13.1%
72 Jiffy Lube 1,615* 3.2%

*Franchise Times Estimate

All members of the oil change category saw significant growth, while newly independent (and public) Valvoline Instant Oil Change led the category with a 19.6 percent boost. 

 

Sales Growth - Auto Detailing Franchises 

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
496 Tint World 26 22.4%
281 Zeibart 150 7.1%

Both auto detailing companies on the Top 200+ saw significant sales growth. Tint World debuts in the Top 200+ after a 22.4 percent growth in its year-over-year sales. 

 

Sales Growth - Car Parts Franchise

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
295 Mighty Auto Parts 130 8.3%
219 1-800-Radiator 260 1.3%

Even as online services like Amazon break into car part sales, both suppliers on our list saw gains in sales growth. Atlanta-based Mighty Auto Parts is one of the smallest franchised automotive companies on the list, posting an 8.3% sales gain with a scant 111 locations. 

 

Sales Growth - Windshields Franchises

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
285 Glass Doctor 146 5.3%
304 NOVUS Glass 123 -19.6%

Glass Doctor saw decent growth in 2016, as it moved up 7 spots on the Top 200+ list. Novus Glass dropped 29 spots after posting a 19.6 percent loss in sales growth. 

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