The CARSTAR franchise is an industry-leading automotive aftermarket brand that is made of independently-owned and operated collision repair centers. The franchise, which is part of the Driven Brands family, offers quality automotive repairs and also gives back to the community with its charitable work. For example, the brand raised millions of dollars for Cystic Fibrosis Canada. The automotive aftermarket franchise was founded in 1989 and began franchising the same year. Since then, the brand has expanded to more than 700 locations across the U.S. and Canada. The operator will enjoy this business opportunity because their center will continued to be owned by you. You will also enjoy the supporting and training that the brand will provide to you. 

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CARSTAR Franchise Cost and Requirements for 2024


North America has one of the largest automotive markets in the world. All of those cars need collusion repairs when something goes wrong. If you are looking to cash in on the booming automotive industry, then consider becoming an operator with the CARSTAR brand. It as an industry-leading automotive aftermarket brand that is made up of independently-owned and operated collision repair centers. Since its founded in 1989, the brand has expanded to more than 700 brands across North America. In addition to providing customers with great service, the brand also gives back to the community. To commemorate its 30th anniversary, the brand raised more than $4 million to Cystic Fibrosis Canada. As an operator with the brand, not only will you be able to provide a great service, but you are also independently own your own business. 
Since the brand is a member of the Driven Brands' family of automotive franchises, you are going to get great support and training. The brand will guide you through an initial training program that consists of on-the-job and classroom instruction. This program will occur before the grand opening of your location and will be ongoing during the duration of your franchise agreement. Driven Brands also ensures that you will get great deals with its network and rebates from preferred vendors. The brand's proprietary business system and technology will help to grow your business. As an operator with CARSTAR, you get a leg-up from the other big-box stores as a nationally recognized brand for insurance carriers. You will also enjoy great marketing campaigns from the brand. 

Company Details

Headquarters: Charlotte, North Carolina
Founded: 1989
First franchise: 1989 
Total # of units: 700+
Exclusive territory: No
B2B: No
International: No
Canada: Yes

Support and Training Offered By CARSTAR

The brand provides its operators with a training program that consists of 16 hours of classroom training, as well as 32 hours of on-the-job training. This will occur before the location's grand opening and will discuss the the major aspects of running the business. This includes sales, marketing, and more. You can also expect site selection assistance and great deals as a member of the Driven Brands' family. The support and training will be ongoing throughout your time with the franchise.

2024 Franchise Requirements Needed to Own a CARSTAR Franchise.

What does a CARSTAR Franchise Cost?

CARSTAR franchise fees for 2024:

Initial Investment: $298,200 - $804,300
Cash Requirement: $300,000
Third-party financing options: Yes
Franchise fee: $20,000
Net Worth Requirement: $500,000

Is CARSTAR a Semi Absentee Franchise with a Passive Ownership Opportunity?

Yes. CARSTAR is a semi absentee franchise and allows passive ownership. A semi-absentee franchise is a business you could start and run while still maintaining a job or other obligation.

Is CARSTAR a Home Based franchise?

No. CARSTAR is not a home based franchise opportunity.

What Do CARSTAR Franchise Owners Make?

Click here to find out how much CARSTAR franchisees make. CARSTAR offers an Item 19 in their Franchise Disclosure Document which provides financial information about select franchisees in their franchise system.

Is CARSTAR Looking for Franchisees in Canada?

Yes. CARSTAR franchise is looking for Canada franchisees.

Is CARSTAR Looking for International franchisees?

No. CARSTAR franchise is not looking for International franchisees.

Where can I see CARSTAR's FDD (Franchise Disclosure Document)?

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Additional Information

Additional Categories

Automotive, Business Opportunities, Non Food Franchises

Number of Units Open

100+ UNITS

Cash Required

$100,000 - $250,000

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Home Based Franchise


Item 19 Franchise




Franchise Opportunities in Canada


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CARSTAR Franchises for Sale

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