There were more than 135 million registered passenger cars in the United States in 2007, according to a report from the federal Bureau of Transportation Statistics. With the number of vehicles on the road growing each year, the prospects for mobile oil change businesses are lucrative.
Things You'll Need
- Van or trailer
- Motor oil, lubricants and filters
- Used oil collection and storage vessels
- Marketing plan
- Business insurance coverage
Decide whether to start an independent business or buy a franchise. There are advantages and disadvantages to both business models. Going it alone might require less capital outlay, but franchises offer standardized, ready-to-use equipment and marketing support.
Check with local officials to see what ordinances and regulations you must meet before starting your business. Some communities may not permit such businesses.
Acquire the equipment and supplies you'll need. Start-up costs costs for mobile oil change businesses range from $2,000 to $10,000, according to "Entrepreneur" magazine.
You'll need a van or trailer as well as tools, oil and lubricants, oil filters and changing supplies. If you're not running a franchise, you can save money by setting up your vehicle yourself and buying your own equipment.
Establish an account with a wholesale motor oil supplier so you pay competitive prices.
Obtain business insurance coverage. If a customer’s vehicle is damaged at your business, you could be found liable for any repairs.
Decide what services you'll provide (oil and filter changes, chassis lubrication, vacuum services, etc.) and set a price for each that provides a reasonable profit. As a starting point, look at how much existing businesses are charging.
Build a customer base through effective marketing techniques. To find initial customers for a mobile oil change service, call businesses with vehicle fleets or large numbers of employees who might be interested in having their oil changed while they are at work. These are two effective marketing strategies because of the large potential of multiple oil changes at a single location.
- Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
- How Often Should You Change Mobil 1 Synthetic Oil?
How to Fund a Start-Up Oil and Gas Company
Start-up companies can turn to a number of funding sources for the money they need to get their companies off the ground....
How to Start an Oil Change Business
Operating an oil change business can be lucrative, if done correctly. The average vehicle now sells for more than $20,000, and people...
How to Start a Mobile Mechanic Business
Start a mobile mechanic service to fix minor repair problems to a customer's vehicle at their home or office. This convenient service...
How to Start a Quick Lube
Quick lubes allow car owners to get their oil changed quickly. Many of these businesses can offer an oil change in 15...
How to Change the Oil in a 2006 Harley Davidson Road Glide
As a member of Harley-Davidson's Touring series, the 2006 FLTR Road Glide was designed to travel long distances with relative ease. Avoiding...
Is It Legal to Run a Mobile Oil Change Business?
In the United States, citizens are not prohibited from operating mobile oil change businesses. However, to do so legally, you need to...
How to Cut with a Chainsaw
Learn the do's and don'ts of cutting with a chainsaw in this free educational video.
Oil Change Supplies
Supplies for changing the oil in a car include funnels and tire chocks. Learn about different oil change supplies with tips from...
DIY Oil Change in a Mercedes E350
Doing your own oil change on a Mercedes-Benz E350 will help you avoid the high labor rates charged by Mercedes dealerships, and...