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Franchise Ownership FAQs

Franchise Ownership FAQ's

The idea of owning your own Ziebart undoubtedly comes with a number of questions you have regarding the process, the investment and more.

To better help prospective owners navigate the process, we have put together the following franchise ownership FAQs to provide quick information to your questions:

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why should I purchase a Ziebart franchise instead of starting my own business?

    There are several advantages to purchasing a small business franchise. The number one reason is Ziebart's 60 years of brand recognition, experience, and expertise of our organization followed by the resources and support you will receive from the corporation. A proven business model is available to you versus venturing out on your own with a format that has not yet been proven successful. Ownership of a Ziebart franchise means you are in business for yourself, but never by yourself.

  • How can I evaluate my potential to becoming a successful Ziebart franchisee?

    As with any new business decision, you need to evaluate yourself to determine if you and your financial situation are ready and capable of a long term business commitment. To increase your chances of success, take the time up front to explore and evaluate your business goals and personal goals. Take this information to build a comprehensive and well thought out business plan to help you reach these goals. Keep in mind that opening and managing a business takes motivation, desire, dedication, and strong managerial skills to be able to make decisions on your business as a whole. We will do our part to provide you with the tools you will need to get started and guide you along the way, but becoming a successful franchisee is essentially up to you.
  • Will I receive guidance on a prime location for my new store?

     Yes. We will assist you in gathering and analyzing information relating to area demographics, population, traffic count, number of registered vehicles, growth trends, zoning, and local ordinances. You will receive guidance in determining markets where demand for our products and services are most likely to generate a healthy business environment.
  • What size building will I need?

    The size of a Ziebart location is typically between 5,000 and 6,000 square feet. Our franchise development staff will evaluate each new business location individually to determine its appropriate size.
  • How long does it take to open a new Ziebart store?

    Franchise development time will vary by location. It takes approximately four months to open a Ziebart store. Starting a franchise begins with finding a suitable site in your chosen market and allowing time for leasehold improvements. Additional factors include acquiring financing, setting up equipment for your store, and completing our training program.
  • Can I own more than one Ziebart franchise location?

    Yes. We welcome expansion of franchise ownership and have specific retail opportunities available in both the United States and global markets. Our business format is designed to meet the needs of our growing entrepreneurs.
  • Which locations are available in the United States?

    Due to the diverse nature of Ziebart products and services, virtually any area can be a potential location for a Ziebart franchise as long as there is sufficient population density and the market hasn't achieved saturation. These areas are extensively researched based on competitive analysis, population, traffic count, number of registered vehicles, and several other factors used when considering a prime location. When submitting your online profile, please indicate your first location choice, and we will work with you individually on the options that we have available.
  • What is a Ziebart Discovery Day?

     A Ziebart Discovery Day is designed as an opportunity for you to introduce yourself as a potential franchisee and meet our team of executives. We will greet you at Detroit Metropolitan Airport and then travel to our corporate headquarters in Troy, Michigan. We will spend the day together to determine if we are a good fit for each other. All successful long-term business relationships begin with a good understanding of one another. You will spend part of your day at our corporate headquarters in Troy, Michigan. The remainder of your day will be spent visiting company owned Ziebart locations. You will be able to see the operational aspects of the franchise first hand. At this time you will be able to demonstrate due diligence and ask specific questions prior to entering into a franchise agreement. Should you meet the standards of becoming a Ziebart franchise owner, you will typically be granted approval within 24 hours of this visit.
  • What is a Ziebart master franchise?

    A master franchise is a franchise opportunity for entrepreneurs interested in owning the sole rights to their perspective country outside of the United States. Ziebart International Corporation has designated specific areas throughout the world as target market development areas based on the demand for Ziebart services. A master franchisee is responsible for developing in conjunction with support from Ziebart Corporation. A master license owner my choose to develop the country under their own expansion efforts or by offering sub-franchising licenses and build a network of stores in an entire country.

  • I have additional questions about operating a Ziebart franchise, how can I get more information today?

    You may call our toll free franchise information line Monday-Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM EST at 800-877-1312 or visit our Request Franchise Information page to send an email directly to our Franchise Department.
  • How long will my Ziebart franchise license agreement remain in effect?

     Your franchise agreement with Ziebart will cover a period of ten years with renewal provisions.
  • Will I be offered assistance in financing my new Ziebart business?

    We offer third party financing on all equipment, leasehold improvements, and inventory. As you are reviewing our franchise opportunity, please visit our Franchise Financing page for more information.
  • What is the process to apply for a Ziebart franchise?

    Complete an online request for information and a Ziebart franchise representative will contact you by telephone regarding your application. After the initial contact, you will receive a personal profile and information via email for your review. Once you have completed the personal profile and made the decision to move forward in joining the Ziebart franchise dealer body, you will be invited to attend a Ziebart Discovery Day.

    Get started today to begin this process.
  • What type of training can I expect as a franchisee?

    Ziebart International Corporation is committed to providing our franchisees with all the tools necessary for long-term success. As your store plan and location are being developed, you will be scheduled for an in-depth eight-week training program to educate you in every facet of owning and operating your Ziebart business. Instructional classes include technical skills, professional sales and marketing, business management, and an in-store experience at one of Ziebart's company owned locations.
  • Does Ziebart offer a proven support system after opening my business?

    In addition to our training programs, we have a great deal to offer in marketing your new business. We provide outstanding marketing support programs to our franchisees, tested and proven to successfully increase store traffic, grow sales, and build lasting relationships with customers. These are all available to help you grow your business. These programs include web lead generation, e-mail marketing, direct mailing advertisements, corporate promotions, local event planning, and public relations. We will provide you with a website for your location and assist in managing your online promotional offers, Internet business listings, social media, online reviews, in-store point-of-sale materials, selling aids, and much more. Our marketing support staff is available to work with you on an individual basis to customize your marketing efforts both online and through traditional media sources.

    You will be provided an exclusive point-of-sale software program, standardized financial accounting programs, and more to help you run the daily operations of your business while growing a vital database of your customers and their purchases. You will have direct contact to our entire support staff. They are here to help guide you with the day-to-day operations of your Ziebart franchise, and assist you with sales, account development, marketing, operations, and technical support.
  • Does Ziebart Offer a Military Discount?

    Yes. Ziebart waives 100% of the franchise fee for U.S. Military Veterans.

  • What is a World Class Franchise?

    A World Class Certification is based on the results from an independent study conducted by the Franchise Research Institute®. The Franchise Research Institute sent out a survey to every franchise owner in our system and the certification is based on the results from the confidential franchisee survey. A mandatory completion rate of 70% of franchisees or greater is mandatory in order to reduce survey bias. The survey is designed to determine the quality of key metrics crucial to franchisee success within the Ziebart system.

    Ziebart's franchise satisfaction results are available at:


For more information on franchise ownership beyond these FAQs, contact us today!