Tint World Auto Styling Centers - Franchise Q & A

Tint World Q A Completed By Charles Bonfiglio

How was your franchise/opportunity originally conceived and started?

Tint World® was first established in 1982 in Tamarac, Florida. Since then, the business grew to a six location multi-store chain in South Florida.     From the beginning, Tint World® applied staff™ knowledge and skills to successfully guide the automotive, residential, commercial and marine service operations.    In 2007, Tint World® became a national franchise of Automotive Styling Centers with its Franchise Headquarters in Boca Raton Florida.  The Tint World® franchise system is built on proven principles that have been successfully implemented by people from all walks of life. This is possible because Tint World® has invested in one of the most comprehensive pre-opening training and assistance programs in the industry.    Tint World® strategy is to offer you the advantage of a truly sophisticated business management, sales and production support system. As you investigate Tint World®, you will find that there is no better investment with more opportunity that will require less time and money -- anywhere!

What was your original vision for your company? How has that changed over time?

The cornerstone of the Tint World® business philosophy is to create a well-designed studio-style window tinting and automotive styling service operation and provide popular brand automotive products and services in clean well merchandised and stocked centers with desirable surroundings that appeal to automotive enthusiasts.     Tint World® was create to provide easy to understand optioned based price point packaged services that offer something for everyone; from economical prices, to the most advanced high-tech products for drivers that only want the best for their automobile.     Tint World® produces many of its own brand name products so that consumers and employees can count on experiencing the very best products and services in the marketplace.

What do you believe is the single most important factor when choosing a franchise?

A Full-Service Turn-Key Franchise: The Tint World® Franchise System provides entrepreneurial scalability. We offer several franchise options that vary in size and commitment so you can find the opportunity that best matches your lifestyle.   Financing Assistance, Real Estate Lease Negotiation, Store Buildout Assistance ,  Advanced Training Program, Operational Field Support, Business Software Platform, Marketing and Digital Support , Unmatched Group Buying Power, High Profit Margins, Industry Leader.  Thanks to our extensive training program, anyone can become a successful Tint World® franchise owner. Tint World® business owners come from all different backgrounds and walks of life. No automotive experience is needed - just the drive and motivation to succeed with your own auto styling business.    Tint World® Franchise Opportunity:  Tint World® is a rapidly growing franchise that’s looking for motivated, like-minded individuals to become part of our family of franchisees that want to help each other succeed! Tint World® has Territories Available in the USA and Canada with a target of having 300 Stores Open by 2025.  Single-Store Franchise , Multi-Store Franchises and International Master Franchises

Why should someone choose your franchise over other similar franchises?

Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers is America's largest and fastest growing automotive accessories and window tinting international franchise with its Headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida.    Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers specialize in sales and installation of car and truck accessories, window tinting, protective films, audio and electronics, security systems, detailing services, nano ceramic coating, custom wheels and tires, maintenance, and repair services.     Tint World® Mobile Services offer residential, commercial, and marine window tinting and film services that include solar films, decorative films, safety, and security films. Tint World® delivers the highest quality solar and security window films that provide maximum efficiency energy and cost saving products.    The Tint World® franchise system is built on proven principles that have been successfully implemented by people from all walks of life. This is possible because Tint World® has invested in one of the most comprehensive pre-opening training and ongoing assistance programs in the industry.    Tint World® provides franchise owners with the advantage of a sophisticated business management, marketing, and sales support system. As you look into Tint World®, you will find that there is no better investment with more financial and lifestyle opportunity for success, that requires less time and money anywhere!   Top 50% Average Store Sales:    $970,358.00 Average Annual Total Revenue*  $766,280.00 Average Operating Income*  79% Gross Operating Profit Margin*   Some Stores Annual Total Revenue Are Over 1 and 2 million dollars a year*    Top Award-Winning Franchise:    Tint World® is an award-winning franchise provider of automotive, marine, residential, and commercial services, with locations throughout the United States, Canada, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and worldwide franchise opportunities available.     Tint World® is ranked by Entrepreneur Magazine Top 500 Fastest Growing Franchise. Tint World® is ranked by Entrepreneur Magazine Top 150 Franchise for Veterans .  Tint World® is ranked by Franchise Business Review Top 50 Franchise.  Tint World® is ranked by Inc. 500I5000 Fastest Growing Companies.  Tint World® is ranked by Franchise Gator Top 100 Franchise

What makes your industry attractive?

The auto accessory and window tinting market is populated largely by independent craftsmen who lack the capital resources, business skills, marketing, and buying power to compete effectively. With the strength and support of Tint World®, you will offer a superior service and dominate your market.    Tint World® Automotive Styling Centers franchise system provides entrepreneurs the ability to offer approximately 20 service categories ranging from in-store products and accessories installation services, off-site-sales and installation services, to online e-commerce sales with ship-to-store for pick-up and installation services to capture a share of the ever-growing industry markets:    $433 billion dollars a year Automotive Aftermarket Service market by 2021  $395 billion dollars a year Automotive Electronics Industry market by 2024 $45.5 billion dollars a year Automotive Performance Accessory market by 2020 $15.7 billion dollars a year Window Film Solar & Security market by 2027

What types of qualities do you look for in potential franchisees?

Ideal Candidate:    The Tint World® system provides its franchisees the opportunity to be their own boss in an auto styling franchise they own. Tint World® franchise owners all have certain things in common such as:   Desire to be on the leading edge of growth and income opportunities , Passion for providing their clients the highest level of service, Desire to operate in a clean, high-tech work atmosphere , Having an automotive background is not required .

What do your franchise fees and royalties cover?

FRANCHISE OPENING SUPPORT:      Site Selection Assistance     We or our affiliates will assist you in the site selection process for your Center.     Lease Negotiation     We or our affiliates will provide you with lease negotiation assistance including negotiating required Franchise Agreement terms into your Lease. You and your attorney are solely responsible for the legal issues in your lease for the Center.     Equipment Package     We or our affiliates will assist you with ordering and assembly your Equipment, Signage, and Showroom Display Package for your Center.     Construction and Buildout     We or our affiliates will assist you with the renovation and brand buildout guidelines of your Center.     Grand Opening Advertising     We or our affiliates will assist you with conducting your Grand Opening Promotion for the Center during the period commencing twenty (20) days before and ending ninety (90) days after its opening.     Business and Legal Services     We or our affiliates will assist you with your Initial Inventory and Supplies order, reservations for Travel and lodging for up to two persons attending the management training program, preparing and administering your franchise documents, and assisting with onboarding business licenses and required legal compliance items to open for business.      Insurance Services     We or our affiliates will assist you with your initial Business Insurance premium for liability insurance coverage, workers™ comp insurance, and automobile coverage.     TRAINING:    Online Training     We provide a library of online training programs via LMS electronic communication. Learning management systems allow software applications to administer, documentation, tracking, reporting, automation and delivery of educational courses, training programs, or learning and development programs.     Classroom Training     New Owner training provides our entire training program as detailed in the Operations Manual.    Phase 1 encompasses six days of classroom introductory instructional training on Center operations.    Phase 2 encompasses six days of classroom sales and services training on Center operations.   Phase 3 encompasses six days of in-store sales and management training on Center operations.     On-the-Job Training     We provide a startup assistance opening team consisting of: (a) an area Operations Manager and; (b) an area General Technician Supervisor. This team can assist in the setup, opening and on-site assistance to help in starting up the operation, for a time period not in excess of one (1) week or as Franchisor deems necessary for the Franchised Business.

How do territories work for your franchisees?

Once the location of the Center has been determined, we will not locate nor license another to locate another Tint World® Center within the area identified in the Franchise Agreement as the Protected Territory . You may face competition from other franchisees, from outlets that we own, or from other channels of distribution or competitive brands that we control.    The minimum size of the Protected Territory for each Centers Franchise Agreement (the Territory) will be: (a) a circle encompassing a two (2) mile radius from the Premises which has a four (4) mile diameter, with your accepted location of your Tint World® Premises as the center-point; or (b) if your Center is located in an urban or other densely populated area, your Territory may be limited to a five (5) block radius. Your Protected Territory is not exclusive. Certain locations, such as Malls and Downtown Locations will have smaller Territories which will be determined by us on a site-specific basis. The accepted location, if not chosen prior to the awarding of your franchise, will be attached and made a part of your Franchise Agreement.  Once the location for the Center has been determined, we will not locate nor license another to locate another Tint World® Center within your Protected Territory.     Outside sales related to automotive car dealerships, marinas, residential, commercial and other accounts that you offer products and services can be a significant part of your business sales, so you may service accounts and perform services at locations anywhere inside your Territory. You must not service or perform business outside of your Territory, unless the following conditions are met: (i) you reasonably describe in writing to us the area in which you propose to operate in, (ii) such area is not subject to a grant of a franchise by us to another franchisee, (iii) such area is not already being serviced by a company-owned Center, and (iv) you obtain our consent, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld. In the event any area in which you are operating outside of your Territory becomes subject to a grant in favor to another franchisee, you agree to promptly stop operating in such area and to relinquish all rights to any accounts established by you in such area to the new franchisee.

Why has your franchise model been successful?

The Tint World® Franchise System provides entrepreneurial scalability -- from startup to training and ongoing operations support.     Tint World's 7-Point Formula For Success Includes:    1. Owner Profitability    We realize that enhancing profits at the operating level is fundamental to our success; It’s our #1 priority!    2. Superior Personnel    Tint World® staffing training and compensation program provides a desirable workplace that attracts top-notch careers for employees who share Tint World's mission of service excellence. Through experience, Tint World® customers receive services performed by friendly, competent technicians they can trust.    3. Expanded Services    Tint World® offers a broader range of services than ordinary tint or accessory shops that provides customers a one-stop-shop that offers a complete Automotive Styling Center solution. Tint World® centers are divided into three departments that provide specialized services and create multiple profit centers.    The window tinting and film department features automotive tint and the installation of protective films, vehicle wraps and graphics. The mobile electronics and accessory department features technical services such as car audio video systems, auto security and accessory installations. The detailing and reconditioning department features a complete line of detailing and reconditioning services.    4. Outstanding Facilities    Tint World® studio style centers are brighter and more attractive than those of competitors. The exterior design foretells the professional service received inside, where state-of-the-art interactive showroom displays and advanced service equipment provides a well-trained crew to fulfill customers expectations. Design flexibility allows for maximize individual site and lot configurations.    5. Quality Products    Only top-of-the-line, nationally recognized products are installed in automobiles at Tint World® centers. Tint World® has cultivated relationships with top manufacturers and vendors of the finest quality products and distribution in the marketplace. In the spirit of partnership and Tint Worlds chain purchasing power, these vendors not only provide additional support to franchisees through reduced pricing, but they also support Tint World® training and marketing programs.    6. Effective Marketing & Advertising    Tint World® advertising is memorable and relative to its target customers. Innovative campaigns are developed through a combined strategy of demographic message targeting and creative words, images and digital marketing. With this approach, Tint World® is able to introduce new customers to its business and reinforce existing customer confidence. The utilization of in-house and outside advertising agencies presents a consistent message across the chain broadcast campaign through a variety of outlets such as creative design, Video, radio, direct mail, in-store materials, and digital internet marketing.    7. Continuous Improvement    Tint World® believes that routinely examining and updating its operating procedures is essential in moving the organization forward and possesses powerful insights with new business development while actively recruiting ideas and opinions from its franchisees together as a chain to maintain quality and consistency of the message and to continue growth of the Tint World® brand.        

Where do you see your franchise in 5 years and 10 years?

Tint World® is a rapidly growing franchise that’s looking for motivated, like-minded individuals to become part of our family of franchisees that want to help each other succeed!    Tint World® has Territories Available in the USA and Canada with a target of having 300 Stores Open by 2025. Franchisees greatly benefit from our proven business model, excellent support systems, and nationally recognized brand when establishing their own franchise locations.    Our International Master Franchise License opportunity is available to qualified entrepreneurs outside the United States and we are always seeking franchise partners around the globe. Tint World® is presently operating in the United States, Canada, United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia. International Master Franchise Opportunities are available for all other countries.

What is your favorite advice for new franchisees to help them succeed?

Join a franchise system that you can be passionate about with proven principles that have been successfully implemented by people from all walks of life.     Follow the franchise system and focus on customer service and satisfaction.     Maintain close relationships with other franchisees.    Create a comfortable Professional and Personal Work-Life Balance to enjoy the ride.     Think long term infinite mindset; grow your single location and become an expert then grow multi-locations to reach your dreams.
What would you tell potential franchisees that may be nervous about the financial burdens of starting a franchise?
Everyone handles investment different so there is not a single answer to tell someone how to feel.    Think of all the reasons why you want to own your own franchise and the concerns you have in doing it.   Think of all the reasons why you should not own a business and the concerns you have about not doing it.    Then imaging yourself in five or ten years into the future in what your life could be like in both cases.    Then compare what your life could be with owning a franchise be better or worse vs what your life would be without owning a franchise.    It’s a personal decision but I think that you have to be in it to win it.
Can you explain your financial assistance (if applicable)?
Tint World® has taken significant steps to ease the process of financing your franchise investment. To help you get started, Tint World® has developed relationships with several approved lenders. In a major effort to help small business owners, Tint World® has been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and offers the Franchise Registry that will expedite the processing of loans to small business franchisees. These lenders provide conventional lending products and other financial services, including SBA backed loans for smaller transactions. They also offer a simplified application process and quick turnaround times.    Tint World® has also developed an innovative Financing Alliance with leasing, because, Tint World® is considered a low cost franchise and leasing may be the easiest and quickest way to get financing. 
On average, how long does it take to start a new franchise from the franchisees point of view?
APPROVAL PROCESS     The first step to becoming a Tint World® franchisee is through our candidate approval process. Once you submit the general information form, our straightforward approval process begins with a short phone interview with a franchise development representative. This is to learn more about you, your goals, and your business experience.    Next you will receive a Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) which outlines everything you get as a Tint World® franchise owner. This document covers everything from product displays to marketing materials and equipment, so you know exactly what you’re getting with your investment.    FRANCHISE LICENSING PROCESS    Our professional development staff will help you through the entire licensing process and paperwork, and answer any questions you may have. By the end of the licensing process, you’ll be the owner of your new Tint World® franchise.    TINT WORLD® COMPLETE TRAINING PROGRAM    Leading up to your stores completion, you will participate in our Tint World® Complete Training Program. As outlined on the previous page, this includes extensive classroom and in-store training so you can be confident and prepared to run a successful Tint World® franchise.      TINT WORLD® DISCOVERY DAY    At your Tint World® Discovery Day, you’ll get a comprehensive, hands-on tour of a functioning Tint World® center so you can see exactly what it’s like to run a Tint World® franchise. You’ll get a full walk-through of daily operations and procedures, and meet the Tint World® support team as well as franchise CEO, Charles J. Bonfiglio.    FRANCHISE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS    After all the paperwork is complete, we can get to work opening your own Tint World® auto styling center. We help take care of everything from location selection and development to startup and grand opening. Once a Tint World® location is secured, it typically takes 30-90 days to remodel your site and open your Tint World® styling center.    GRAND OPENING FRANCHISE OWNERSHIP    Once your Tint World® store and training are complete, we’ll walk you through setup, hiring, and procedures of running your business until you’re comfortable with our proven business system for success. To help promote your new business, Tint World® will help you host a full-day grand opening event to attract customers and celebrate the opening of your new Tint World® store.    The entire process from Approval to Gran Opening ranges from 3-Months to 12-Months depending on your pace, securing your franchise location and the time to complete the buildout process.
What was your background and experience before founding this franchise?
Mr. Charles J. Bonfiglio became Chief Executive Officer when founding Tint World® as a franchise organization in January 2007.  Mr. Bonfiglio is responsible for all functions related to the leadership, development, direction, and operation of the company as well as growing the family of franchise owners while maintaining the company’s budget and growth projections.     From January of 1983 until August 2014, Mr. Bonfiglio served as Franchise Developer, President serving companies that opened, operated and sold ten of the largest automotive service centers in South Florida for privately held Meineke Car Care Centers. Mr. Bonfiglio is also the CEO of I Car Care, LLC d/b/a Auto Parts Network®, a Technology and Ecommerce Company in Boca Raton, FL, starting August 2006. Mr. Bonfiglio is also the CEO and Manager of Automotive Sales Network, LLC d/b/a Automotive Sales Network, a Car Dealer Company in Boca Raton, FL, starting January 2012. Bonfiglio has direct expertise in the automotive parts and service industry, franchising, ecommerce, web design, software development, patents, trademarks, brand marketing, real estate development and financial management.     With more than 30 years of developing and leading many successful business operations, Mr. Bonfiglio is a business executive with broad experience in all aspects of business and real estate development.
Do you have any franchisee testimonials or success stories that you would like to share?
Opening a Tint World Franchise has been a great experience. We've been open for a little over a year now and have far exceeded our goals! by Donnie Saucier   
Excellent franchise opportunity. The Corporate Team is great to work with. Charles' passion and excitement is contagious! by Richard Martin   
I chose to open a Tint World franchise after seeing several stores and meeting the dedicated, professional staff at the corporate office. They are very real people that care about creating opportunity for more people to build their own successful business. by Jeff Rackley   
We have had a great transition from the moment we considered a franchise purchase to opening. They have a great team to support you the entire way! by Xan Owens   
The reason I chose Tint World is that they treat you like family. I felt very welcomed during Discovery Day. Charles is so passionate with Tint World and it shows on how Tint World is growing. by Pedro Flores   
The headquarter for a very active, energetic, franchise in relation to all aspects of automobile. Very friendly and helpful staff and best of all a president that would go out of his way helping each individual franchisees. by Masoud Irani   
I chose to join the tint world family and become owner of the Pittsburgh location after seeing the massive success the franchise is having and learning of the dedication the corporate team has for the stores to thrive. I went from an independent mobile shop to building a relationship with the tint world brand to becoming the owner of the Pittsburgh PA location. The knowledge and support of the corporate team and fellow franchise owners is simply amazing! by Brandon Bloom   
Excellent franchise. They have everything you need to be successful. I Look forward to the training every year. They offer the greatest brands and have a great corporate team. by Tim Kjaer
The Tint World® Franchise Lifestyle:
The Tint World® system gives its franchisees the opportunity to be their own boss in an auto styling franchise they own. The Tint World® business gives its franchisees the opportunity to build their business around their personal lives, with little to no outside travel necessary. Because you will be the boss in your own business, you have the opportunity of building equity, which can pave the way for financial freedom.    Family-friendly business  Regular daytime hours  Casual business dress code  Professional customer services  Clean and safe work environment  Providing good jobs to good people  Building a future for you and your family  Opportunity for strong community involvement  And you'll always drive the coolest cars

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