Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care

Cottman helps you write your own ticket to freedom and success without starting from scratch. When you join the Cottman team of franchisees, you join a nationwide system in one of the strongest consumer markets. Since Cottman operates with a family atmosphere, franchisees receive unparalleled one-on-one attention. In fact, you’ll feel like the big fish in a small pond.

What Does a Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care Franchise Cost?

To buy a franchise with Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care, you'll need to have at least $50,000 in liquid capital. Franchisees can expect to make a total investment of at least $100,000. They also offer financing via 3rd party as well as a discount for veterans. *


Financial requirements for this franchise:

Liquid Capital: $50,000
What does Liquid Capital mean?
Total Investment: $100,000
What does Total Investment mean?


Options available to franchisees:

Financing: Via 3rd party
Training: Available
Veteran Discount: Yes

Franchisor Details

Facts about this franchise:

Total Units: 57
Home Office: Horsham, PA
Year Founded: 1962

Franchise With Cottman

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Being your own boss at Cottman, means you don’t have to go it alone. From the moment you become a business owner at Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care, you’re part of our family.

We will hand you a well-oiled business model – with the support of a nationwide team, an established system for success, and peers who are just as committed to your success as you are. There has never been a better time to roll into the Cottman family and benefit from decades of experience and a trusted reputation for quality auto care.

Millions of car owners think of Cottman as “my mechanic.” It’s the national brand that provides local service, offering one-stop service for total car care. After 50 years, we’ve become an automotive aftermarket industry leader with nearly 70 locations nationwide.

Cottman Franchisee Advantages

Cottman helps you write your own ticket to freedom and success without starting from scratch. When you join the Cottman team of franchisees, you join a nationwide system in one of the strongest consumer markets. Since Cottman operates with a family atmosphere, franchisees receive unparalleled one-on-one attention. In fact, you’ll feel like the big fish in a small pond.

  • Proven business concept, established name, and recognized product
  • 50 Years of automotive and franchise business experience
  • Centralized corporate support to help grow your business
  • Established systems and in-house marketing support
  • Personalized attention and training
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Opening & Ongoing Support

Opening Support

  • Training class room – Corporate Office – Horsham, PA
  • In-field training
  • Real Estate – Assistance finding a suitable location (if needed) Operations manager assigned
  • Operations Team assigned to assist in the transition
  • Grand Opening – Sales Development Plan

Ongoing Support

  • Sales Development Manager
  • Technical Hotline available
  • Cottman Business Management System – POS
  • ROSS Advertising – in house advertising agency

Cottman Franchisee Testimonials

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“I had an independent transmission shop for ten years, started in the business 5 years prior to that. I wanted to build for the future and I wanted to build a business that would be worth something in the end and something I could start to step away from the day to day operations of fixing the vehicles. Tara’s father had been in the Cottman organization for a long time prior to that so Cottman was a brand I looked into to open a franchise and sold my independent. The reputation, the name, and knowing we are leader in the industry. We are on the fore front of our marketing. We are on the fore front of our technology. Knowing the vehicles, being able to repair the vehicles and staying ahead of other shops in their diagnostic capabilities and repair capabilities.”
– Tara and Ted Boyer, Cottman of St. Peters, MO

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“25 years of business in the corporate world at some point I realized I wanted to work for myself and Cottman seemed to be a great opportunity to do that where my only boss would be my customers. Our name in the business, in our market place in the City of Norfolk, the repeat business we get and system wide. I don’t know of a Cottman center that doesn’t have a great tradition, name, reputation. We come to these conventions, meet everybody and we understand why.”
– Cindy and Bob Cowie, Cottman of Norfolk, VA

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“I really liked the camaraderie of the Cottman name, the people who work at Cottman are great to deal with. I like dealing with the people that work there. It’s was a well-built name in the past and it’s been around for over 50 years. Knowing we are providing good service to customers, we work very hard to do that for the customers and we try to make the name one of the top in the business. We are a lot like Cottman, we want to live up to the brand and that’s the way we live our life.”
– Liz and Tony Foy, Cottman of Columbia, SC

Ideal Candidate

We're looking for franchise owners who are outgoing and have sales, marketing, and/or management experience, and who are results oriented. A person who can build relationships, lead a team, and who has the motivation to excel! You must have a minimum of $50k in liquid capital, and be ready to make a full-time commitment.

  • No mechanical or technical experience required
  • Growing consumer demand
  • Nationwide brand providing total car care
  • Industry referrals as recognized experts
  • Convenient hours
  • Few employees to supervise
  • Low inventory levels
  • Excellent training


Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care


Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care has received the following awards and acknowledgements:

Franchise Gator Top Emerging (2017)


Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care is currently accepting inquiries from the following states:

Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin

Interested parties should have at least $50,000 in liquid capital to invest.

* This information may have changed since first published. We recommend that you always verify fees, investment amounts, and offers with the business opportunity directly prior to making a decision to invest.

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