Automotive

The automotive sector consists of large concerns such as franchised dealers and smaller businesses like repairers. Our guides will help you start up and run your own automotive business, including putting together a business plan.

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Car alarm fitter

Although new vehicles come fitted with effective security systems, many owners upgrade them. Owners of valuable classic vehicles are also key customers. Read our guide to starting up and running your own alarm fitting business.

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Car bodyshop

Car bodyshops provide a range of services to vehicle owners, such as repairing accident damage, respraying an entire vehicle and fitting modifications. Our easy-to-follow guide will help you to start up and run your own bodyshop.

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Car parts shop

Parts shops may supply only retail customers, only trade customers or a mix, with trade custom growing in importance as DIY servicing has become less common. Our practical guide will help you start up and run your own car parts business.

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Car repairer

Independent car repairers mostly work on older cars, with quite a lot of work being generated from vehicles that fail the MOT test. Our guide gives you all the essentials for starting up and running your own repair business.

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Car valeter

Demand for car valeting and hand car washing services has grown in recent years and this is a popular low cost start-up venture. Our practical guide will help you start up and run your valeting business.

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Classic car restorer

Sales of classic cars have been booming in recent years, providing opportunities for the restoration sector. Get the essentials for starting up and running your own classic car restoration business in our practical guide.

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Garage

Garages now very rarely just sell fuel and instead offer a range of facilities and services including a forecourt shop, vehicle repairs and servicing and a car wash. Our guide covers the key issues for starting and running your own garage.

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Motor dealer

Selling cars is big business and operating as a franchised motor dealer can be complex. Read our in-depth practical guide to starting up and running your own dealership.

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Motorcycle dealer

You'll need plenty of working capital if you want to sell new motorcycles so many dealers choose to only sell second hand machines. Read our in-depth practical guide to starting up and running your own motorcycle retailing business.

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Tyre fitter

The tyre fitting market is very competitive and independents need to offer a quality service to compete against the national fast-fit chains. Our practical guide will help you start up and run your own tyre fitting business.

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Used car dealer

A good reputation for quality vehicles is essential if you're thinking of selling used cars. Check out our practical guide for help with starting and running your second hand car retailing business.

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Windscreen services

The windscreen repair market is competitive and independents need to offer something special to compete, for example a mobile or 24 hour service. Our guide gives you the essentials for starting up and running your own windscreen business.