Grease Monkey International, Inc. was founded in 1978 and is one of the largest independently-owned franchiser of automotive preventive maintenance centers in the United States. Grease Monkey has more than 200 centers operating in the United States and in Mexico. Grease Monkey centers provide preventive maintenance services that meet manufacturers' recommendations for most makes and models of vehicles, with no appointment necessary.
We service most makes and models of vehicles, and you never need an appointment. Let us take the worry out of costly repairs or breakdowns by regularly maintaining your vehicle.
Most vehicles come with a manufacturer's warranty that requires you to maintain it with periodic services. Grease Monkey has highly trained technicians that keep you informed of your vehicle's needs in accordance with manufacturer specifications. We provide most warranty-required services for less than most dealership prices. We also keep a complete maintenance history for you, taking the hassle out of keeping track of your vehicle's ongoing maintenance routine.
What Is Severe Driving?
Most vehicle manufacturers recommend changing your oil every 3 months or 3,000 miles to accommodate for "severe driving conditions." What are "severe driving conditions?" The "severe driving conditions" referred to in your owner's manual include the following:
- Driving in stop-and-go traffic during hot weather.
- Repeated short trips less than five or 10 miles with outside temperatures remaining below freezing.
- Driving in dusty conditions.
- Extensive idling and/or low-speed driving for a long distance.
- Driving on rough, muddy or salted roads.
- Towing a trailer, or using a camper or a car-top carrier.
Grease Monkey will give your vehicle the care it deserves! Let us change your oil every 3 months or 3,000 miles and between services we'll check and top off all vital fluids - free of charge! We will check and top off:
- Motor Oil (Up to 1 quart)
-Power Steering Fluid
- Battery Fluid
- Windshield Washer Fluid
- Transmission or Transaxle Fluid
- Check and set your tire pressure at no extra charge!
Grease Monkey is currently developing opportunities in markets across the country with several attractive franchise vehicles to choose from:
Single-center franchise - the right to develop a single center in a specified geographic area.
Exclusive Territory Development Agreement (ETDA) franchise - the right to develop three or more centers within a specific geographic area exclusively.
Conversion franchise - transforms your existing automotive/lube business to a Grease Monkey preventive maintenance center.
Business acquisition - Buying an existing operation can be an excellent way to get started as a Grease Monkey franchisee. You have the benefit of established cash flow and a customer base that you can then build upon. )
A Full-Service Approach
At Grease Monkey, our objective is to help each franchise owner identify and achieve their goals. Our corporate management team has a long history in both franchising and vehicle preventive maintenance and is committed to building strong, lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with our franchisees. We pride ourselves in offering a comprehensive list of support services to our franchisees before, during, and well beyond a center start-up.
Site Selection Assistance
We provide the tools and real estate information necessary for the franchisee to make an informed decision on the correct location for a new center. Our real estate department will help select a Grease Monkey location by evaluating market conditions and trends, population density, traffic patterns, demographics and proximity to traffic-driving influences, such as primary retail centers.
Lease and Purchase Negotiations
Grease Monkey's real estate department also offers their expertise and guidance in researching property acquisition options and then assists in negotiating the terms for a lease or purchase of the site where the center will be located. We can also recommend qualified real estate brokers to assist with the intricacies of commercial real estate transactions.
Franchisees work with our development department to determine the financing options available. We then provide contact names and phone numbers of various lenders familiar with the Grease Monkey Franchise Program to fund the acquisition and construction of a new center.
Center Design and Construction
Whether converting an existing structure or constructing a new building, all facilities are required to meet Grease Monkey International, Inc. standards. We supply prototypical drawings that a franchise owner can take to their architect for adjustment to specific site requirements and compliance with local building codes. We can also assist in locating local contractors, analyzing competitive bids and reviewing plans during all phases of the design and construction process.
Prior to opening, the franchisee and center employees receive intensive, hands-on training on how to thoroughly perform all of the proven and effective Grease Monkey services using the Grease Monkey system of operation. Ongoing support which includes visits from our field representatives, technical training and operations manuals, as well as the employee certification program, help assure that all Grease Monkey centers are staffed and managed to deliver the highest quality service for our customers.
Marketing and Advertising
Grease Monkey has developed a wide range of marketing programs and materials designed to be easily implemented and highly effective in helping franchisees strategically promote their center. Franchisees also have access to a field marketing specialist that can assist with local marketing planning, media placement, special event coordination and the implementation of a comprehensive marketing plan.
Business Management and Accounting
Grease Monkey centers have access to a computerized point-of-sale system that serves not only as the center's cash register, but as a valuable management tool that enables franchise owners to monitor and improve daily operations. This system can track sales data, product inventory and labor earnings-to-revenue ratio. Its powerful database not only provides customer vehicle maintenance records, but also tracks marketing activities and their effectiveness.
Building a successful Grease Monkey operation requires not only solid business experience and management skills, but also the willingness to make a serious dedication of time, energy and financial resources. You will need to have liquid assets of $250k and a net worth of $500k. The majority of Grease Monkey centers are owned by individual franchisees who are committed to taking an active part in building their own business. Along with our comprehensive business planning advice, and technical and marketing support, franchise owners benefit from the Grease Monkey brand, distinctive logo and established reputation in achieving success.