Why Join Bridgestone Select
When you’re weighing up the options of purchasing a franchise, one very important consideration is the power of the brand you’re buying into. Having a global reputation as the tyre industry market leader, the Bridgestone brand is synonymous with quality products and being at the forefront of technology, innovation and continuous improvement.
With high-profile sponsorships such the Olympic games, within Motorsport, golf and the general community, the Bridgestone brand is consistently at the top of the consumers’ mind making it the most recognisable tyre brand with Australian customers.
It’s this brand power that sets Bridgestone Select apart from other tyre franchise systems, and having that power behind you gives you a significant advantage. View the franchise opportunities we have available here.
Another important consideration when reviewing the many franchise businesses for sale is the health of the industry it’s in and its potential. The automotive after-market industry around the world is growing year on year and Australia is no different.
We have the second highest level of car ownership in the world, with 565 passenger vehicles per 1,000 people which equates to around 13 million on our roads. This has been growing at a steady annual rate of 2% every year since 2008.
With an annualised running cost of an average car being well over $1,000 for tyres, servicing and repairs, the outlook is positive for Bridgestone Select’s model of providing consumers with a ‘one stop shop’ for all their tyre and auto servicing needs.
The benefits of being part of a franchise system are significant.
Owning a franchise means you will be in business for yourself but not by yourself. With Bridgestone as the franchisor you will have the support of a global brand with a reputation for quality, innovation and service.
Having the backing of an established brand with proven retail and management systems greatly increases your chances of business success. The benefits provided by a reputable franchise system that strives for continuous improvement, can greatly reduce the element of business risk.
A franchise will provide you with an established product or service which may already enjoy widespread brand-name recognition. This recognition gives you the benefits of a customer base which would ordinarily take years to establish. And the benefits don’t stop there.
You can leverage from a team of operational staff and subject matter experts for advice and guidance on any problem you might encounter.
If you chose, we can offer you the opportunity to grow your business from a single store operator into a multi-store business.
As Bridgestone is also a manufacturer, our ongoing levels of support may be high but our fees are not. Our ongoing franchise fee of 3.5% is very low and we don’t charge a separate marketing levy like many other franchise systems.
The birth of Bridgestone Select
In 2005, Bridgestone Australia conducted an extensive consumer research project that showed many consumers wanted a comfortable tyre purchasing environment. Traditional outlets were often viewed by consumers as masculine, intimidating, cold and uninviting and made them feel disempowered as the salesperson stood behind a large and imposing counter, quoting them a price off a hidden computer screen.
Consumers wanted access to more user-friendly information in the purchase process. And they told us they were more interested in a buying experience that helped them choose a tyre that was right for them, not just their car.
We listened, and in 2006 we launched the Bridgestone Select concept that revolutionised the industry. Today, the Bridgestone Select franchise exceeds 180+ stores nationwide and caters for around 300,000 tyre and auto service customers each year.
To be the most approachable, desirable and successful tyre and automotive services retailer in Australia.
All Bridgestone Select stores promise to deliver to you, our valued customer, your ideal experience and to ensure that you leave the store with a smile.
The Bridgestone Select difference
Being associated with the industry’s strongest brand is a good start but if that brand is leveraged through a truly great franchise system, it becomes an unbeatable combination. We truly believe the Bridgestone Select franchise system is the best in the industry, with processes and systems honed over 30 years of retailing in Australia.
A core component of the success of Bridgestone Select is the ability to offer consumers a one-stop-shop for all their tyre and auto servicing needs. This allows our franchisees to improve customer loyalty and retention by engaging with their customers regularly throughout the year which generates additional revenue.
Joining Australia’s Bridgestone Select network is like joining a family, with support and advice being shared freely. You could say it’s the real secret of our success. Once you join you’ll experience a level of support that’s unparalleled among automotive franchises.
The foundation for this is the simple maxim that our success only comes from your success. So we ensure our franchise training, marketing, promotions, research and product development is industry leading.
Auto Services are an essential component in the success of Bridgestone Select.
To ensure you maximise this component of your business we will provide you with:
The investment required to open a Bridgestone Select store depends on the size and location of the property and whether you’re purchasing a new or existing store. Indicative cost of setting up a new store or purchasing an existing one is from $300,000 including your franchise fee.
Ongoing franchise fees
These are calculated on sales of all qualifying products and services at an extremely attractive rate of 3.5%. Unlike many franchise systems Bridgestone does not charge a separate marketing levy.
Is it right for you?
Only you can know for sure whether being a Bridgestone Select franchisee is the right choice. We will provide you with as much information as we can so you can make an informed decision.
Previous experience in the automotive industry might be useful but it’s not essential – we’ll provide all the training you need, however there are some attributes that we look for such as management ability and a commitment to fantastic customer service.
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