Dr. Vinyl vs Automotive Art Franchise Comparison

Below is an in-depth analysis and side-by-side comparison of Dr. Vinyl vs Automotive Art including start-up costs and fees, business experience requirements, training & support and financing options.

Start-Up Costs and Fees

Dr. Vinyl Franchise
Automotive Art Franchise
Investment $41,320 - $71,500$175,000 - $520,000
Franchise Fee $24,500N/A
Royalty Fee 7%5%
Advertising Fee -2% local + 1%
Year Founded 1972-
Year Franchised 1981-
Term Of Agreement 10 years10 years
Term Of Agreement 10 years10 years
Renewal Fee --

Business Experience Requirements

Dr. Vinyl Franchise
Automotive Art Franchise
  • General business experience
  • Marketing skills
  • -

    Financing Options

    Dr. Vinyl Franchise
    Automotive Art Franchise
      In-House/3rd PartyIn-House/3rd Party
    Franchise Fees Yes/No-/-
    Start-up Costs No/No-/-
    Equipment No/No-/-
    Inventory No/No-/-
    Receivables No/No-/-
    Payroll No/No-/-

    Training & Support

    Dr. Vinyl Franchise
    Automotive Art Franchise
    Training --
    Support Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives-
    Marketing Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, National media-
    Operations Franchise can be run from home.

    International franchisees required to buy multiple units/master licenses; 10% of all franchisees own more than one unit

    Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 1

    Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (99% of current franchisees are owner/operators)


    Expansion Plans

    Dr. Vinyl Franchise
    Automotive Art Franchise
    US Expansion --
    Canada Expansion No-
    International Expansion Yes-

    Company Overviews

    About Dr. Vinyl

    Former aerospace employee W. David Isley founded Dr. Vinyl in 1972 in Kansas City, Missouri. He and his wife, Marcia, worked with local restaurants, repairing torn, burnt, chipped and peeling vinyl booths and chairs, but soon discovered there were many similar repairs to be done at car dealerships. The couple did repairs for clients in the Kansas City area until 1981, when they began franchising.

    Dr. Vinyl franchisees offers bumper repair, automotive paint touch-up, paintless dent removal, and vinyl siding repair in addition to the leather and vinyl repairs the Isleys introduced over 40 years ago.

    In January of 2001, Dr. Vinyl was sold to Richard Reinders, formerly the company's European Master Franchisee. It now allows franchisees to purchase shares in the parent company.

    About Automotive Art

    Automotive Art is the Caribbean's largest Auto-Care retailer of car enhancement products and services. With its corporate headquarters in Barbados, it currently operates in over 20 countries with 27 stores throughout the Caribbean, Latin America, Central and South America.Automotive Art is a one-stop superstore and service centre offering a wide choice of quality brands including accessories, batteries, car care products, paint and ancillaries, tools, tyres, wheels and the services to install them. Our Vision is to be the leading retailer of automotive enhancement products and services to our customers.