TROY, Mich. (July 26, 2021) – Riding on heightened demand for automotive aftermarket services, Ziebart – the global leader in automotive appearance and protection services for over 60 years – has signed multiple franchise agreements that will expand the legendary brand’s footprint across the country and internationally. To support the demand, Ziebart has increased its field support at its World Headquarters by adding to its franchise development, marketing, IT, and operations teams.
To begin this successful year, Ziebart opened its first franchise in the coastal southeast in Irmo, SC followed by its much-anticipated Australian opening. Additional new openings are slated for Ontario, NY; Triadelphia, WV; Highland, Michigan; Colorado Springs, CO and Fort Myers, Florida and Internationally in Kuwait and the Netherlands. The new locations include a mix of new franchisees as well as existing multi-unit operators who are adding to their investment portfolio.
“As the average age of vehicles on the road consistently increases, rising to a record high last year in over 12 years, this trend presents an opportunity for aftermarket car care providers like Ziebart,” said Thomas A. Wolfe, Executive Vice President, Ziebart International Corporation. “Because our services help people extend the life of vehicles and protect their second biggest investment, we are experiencing both retail sales growth, associate car dealer sales growth and increased interest in opening a Ziebart franchise.”
The Auto Care Association recently released a report stating that global aftermarket sales are on track to increase 11.7% ($314 billion) by the end of 2021. The report forecasts a continued upward trajectory for the industry, stating that global aftermarket sales are predicted to increase to $413 billion total by 2024. In fact, “Automotive Services” made its first appearance this year in Entrepreneur magazine’s “Hottest Categories of 2021,” with Ziebart included in the list of brands within the category.
Another factor driving demand is an automotive chip shortage, which has led to a decrease in the production of new vehicles – giving current car owners yet another reason to keep their cars longer and in top condition. Ziebart’s innovative offerings such as Ceramic Z-Gloss® Paint Coating , interior detailing, rust protection, window tinting , Rhino Linings Sprayed on Bed Liner, and more are providing car owners with the appearance and protection services they need to keep their current vehicles in top shape.
“New business owners are excited about our products and services,” said Jason Theisen, Director of Franchise Operations for Ziebart. “We are exceeding our own expectations of what our franchise locations can do and what they have accomplished. Our expanding number of franchise owners are ready to meet increasing marketplace demand with our expertise and time-tested services.”
Backed with more than 60 years of experience in automotive franchising, marketing, finance and more, Ziebart is actively seeking qualified franchise prospects to join its team. For more information about Ziebart and its rewarding, best-in-class investment opportunity, please visit www.ownaziebart.com.
Founded in 1959, Ziebart International Corporation is the worldwide leader in premium automotive appearance and protection services that extend the life of vehicles. Ziebart operates over 400 locations, with 1200 service centers, in 34 countries. As an established automotive enthusiast brand, Ziebart has been recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as a Top 500 Franchisor, a Top 200 Global Franchise, #1 in its category, and one of 2021’s Hottest Franchises.
After over 60 years in business, Ziebart continues to grow and offers domestic and international franchising opportunities, a best-in-class investment for qualified prospects. For more information about Ziebart including franchise opportunities, please visit www.ownaziebart.com.