How to Start Tire Repair Shop

Motorists usually spend a lot in getting their tires fixed or replaced. Most often they need the services of a well-trained technician to have their tires repaired, replaced or re-treated.

Do you have extensive experience or formal training in vehicle servicing? If yes, then this is one business you can start.

Those who own a car or bike spend a lot of money in tires next to fuel. From time to time, they’d need to have tires pumped up, repaired or re-treaded if not replaced. If you are someone who knows a lot about these services you can start a tire repair shop. If you don’t, and want to know how in order to open a tire repair shop, you can enroll in a formal training from auto repair schools and from manufacturer certificate programs. To get extensive experience in vehicle servicing, work for a motor shop for a few months or so.

Granting that you already have the skills to start a shop, here are some steps to accomplish:

  • Survey the market in your area if there is a need for a new tire servicing shop. Usually, this service is offered as part of a motor shop’s function. But there might be a need for this specific function for particular vehicles in your area. If there is, find a location suited for a servicing shop, along a main roadway or near a gas station where vehicles will usually go.
  • Determine capital requirements by computing for startup costs as well as operating costs for at least three months. You will need extra money to see the business through until it gets a regular following of clientele.
  • Find tire changing and repair equipment such as triggering handheld tools, pumps, wheel removal tools, wrench, tire levers, jacks, and compressors.
  • Go to your city office and get a license to operate the shop. Comply with other permitting requirements that may be asked of the business.
  • Enter into a contract for the space you are leasing or buying. Make the necessary constructions to operate a shop.
  • Get equipment and furnish your shop with other tire repair supplies such as rubber patches and patch kits.
  • Put up your store sign to announce that you are open for business. Explore ways to make your shop attractive to customers by giving them the accommodation they won’t get from competitors, for example by preparing for them a good standby area where they can relax while waiting for their vehicles serviced.

Your profit yield will depend on how big your shop is. Smaller shops could register a profit of 5% maximum. This will be multiplied more than five times if you will be operating a bigger store. But of course, bigger shops will need more capital investment. A better alternative is to start small then grow and expand to include other services
 

72 Comments

  • steve lindsey said on February 22, 2010
    BROOKLYN, NY KINGS COUTY. I'M LOOKING INTO OPENING A TIRE REPAIR ./. TIRE SHOP. I HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU....DO I NEED TO GET A LICENSE FOR A TIRE SHOP OR TIRE REPAIR. IN NEW YORK IT LOOKS TO ME LIKE YOU NEED A LICENSE FOR AN AUTO REPAIR SHOP FROM D.M.V. IN ORDER TO OPEN A TIRE REPAIR... BUT TO OPEN A TIRE SHOP YOU MAY NOT. PLEASE HELP, HOW DO I OBTAIN THE RIGHT LICENSES TO OPEN AND REPAIR FLATS AND BALANCE TIRES ONLY, NOT AN AUTO REPAIR. I CAN BE REACHED AT FIXEDENDSBARBERS@HOTMAIL.COM, OR AT 646-296-0701. THANK YOU, SL
  • Malakhail said on December 10, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. I'm looking into opening a Tire Repair shop/oil change services. My question that I am concerned with is: Do I need to get a license to start a tire repair shop or oil change not auto repair. Thank-you
  • ARIO said on April 4, 2011
    HEY i AM IN SACRAMENTO CA, SAME QUESTION, WHAT DMV HAS TO DO WITH THIS ADVENTURE. THANKS FOR YOUR TIME.
  • Vuyisile Thefeni said on April 13, 2011
    Please send me more information regarding the start-up costs, availability of equipment and the vendors of the tyre repair shop equipment.
  • Abubakar said on July 7, 2011
    Hi, i have air conditioning repairing business in delhi, now i want to open tyre repairing business in delhi,India, pin no-110067. Kindly give suggestion me about such business. Thanks & Regards
  • Fatai said on July 16, 2011
    I like to start tire repair business in Houston Texas.I do not know what license or certification that i need, can you assist me with more information. Thank you.
  • Seth Nash said on September 3, 2011
    My business location Ghana. What do i need to open tire repair and tire sales shop at Ghana?
  • emmett said on September 24, 2011
    hi my name is emmett , I am looking to opening a tire repair shop,and oil change business. can you please tell me, what are the qualifications I will need to start the business,and how much money will it take to start a small tire business thank you.
  • Chris said on October 13, 2011
    I'm looking to open up a mechanical maintenance and a tire changing spot in Taunton Mass. Will I require any specific license to properly operate my business without conflict.
  • EDWIN CANILANG said on October 16, 2011
    I have limited capital to start a tire shop here in Saskatoon SK, How to obtain a permit for a small tire shop, what are the requirement in putting up a tire shop would you help step by step,what government agency whom i contact for the licenses?
  • Mark said on October 20, 2011
    new york city - richmond county. We would like to add a tire repair shop to our current hand car wash location. I think we need to apply for a repair license from dmv. Do we need to apply for permits for the following tools? triggering handheld tools, pumps, wheel removal tools, wrench, tire levers, jacks, and compressors. We have someone with experience and background education in auto repair.
  • Thomas said on November 24, 2011
    Hi we are in the process of starting up a tyre distribution network for Africa . Do you know of genuine business people in different countries who would like to be part of network?
  • Junior said on November 28, 2011
    I also want to know the start up costs, and also who would be best to go to for a business loan. Thanks in advance....
  • Noel said on January 10, 2012
    I am looking to start-up an tire repair and Oil change Business. Can you give me an Ruff idea of what such a small Business of this nature will Run me for the Start-up Operation. Please. thanks
  • anthony rowe said on January 19, 2012
    orlando. florida orange county. I would like to know the total cost to start up a small tire repair shop. building is 11 hundred sq ft with one bay. also would like to sell new tires, rims and car accessories. thanks.
  • Edward Gaing Brauok said on January 31, 2012
    I don't have any business started yet but I plan to start one with small capital. I have to be very careful. I have been working full time in Transport Industry majoring in Heavy mechanical equipment for the past 25 years as workshop Superintendent. Besides I am also having an Automotive Engineering Diploma prior to joining this present Industries.
  • Garry Hicks said on February 19, 2012
    My question is do i need to have a license to change motorcycle tires I own a oil & detailing shop for motorcycles only we are located in Hamilton ontario canada thank you.
  • devon said on February 20, 2012
    La county california how much do u recommend I have before opening a shop
  • Steve said on February 26, 2012
    BROOKLYN, NY KINGS COUNTY. I'M LOOKING INTO OPENING A TIRE REPAIR ./. TIRE SHOP. I HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU. DO I NEED TO GET A LICENSE FOR A TIRE SHOP OR TIRE REPAIR. PLEASE HELP, HOW DO I OBTAIN THE RIGHT LICENSES TO OPEN AND REPAIR FLATS AND BALANCE TIRES ONLY, NOT AN AUTO REPAIR. I CAN BE REACHED AT astromini45@hotmail.com. THANK YOU
  • BRAD SMITH said on February 28, 2012
    I CURRENTLY OWN 2 TIRE RETAIL STORES IN INDIANA. I AM HERE TO TELL YOU PEOPLE, THERE IS MORE MONEY IN OTHER VENTURES. I HAVE SEEN THE TIRE MARKET FLUCTUATE TO NEAR 5% PROFIT MARGINS, AND AVERAGE NEW TIRE COSTS ARE WHOLESALE 85.00 EACH. NOT MUCH TO BE MADE FOR SUCH A LARGE INVESTMENT, CONSIDERING YOU MUST KEEP ABOUT $250,000 IN STOCK TO HAVE A VARIETY OF INVENTORY. IF YOU HAVE BEEN IN THE BUSINESS FOR A WHILE, YOU ARE ALRIGHT, BUT IF YOU HAVEN'T, ITS NEXT TO IMPOSSIBLE TO GET A TIRE RETAIL STORE OFF THE GROUND RIGHT NOW. HOWEVER, ITS YOUR CALL.
  • titus peter mathabe said on March 25, 2012
    Kindly send me the start up costs where to get machinery used or new around gauteng
  • Eddy said on April 24, 2012
    Hello, I'm planing to start a small tire repair shop in California. If within your reach; would you please email me start up cost and machinery information? I really appreciate your assistance! Thank you!
  • Tracy said on May 5, 2012
    I am looking into buying a running tire and auto service shop. It is in southern California. Can you tell me what kind of permits & licenses I might need? What kind of capital to expect to spend.
  • johanna bautista said on July 19, 2012
    I do not have a location place yet but I want to apply for a license for a business and working license. Please help if you have an idea of how to get it.
  • Arnold authement said on August 4, 2012
    I want to open a tire shop with a r x3040 touchless tire machine and balancer
  • Kevin said on September 12, 2012
    I was thinking of open a used tire shop out of my garage and have slot of experience in the field but never owned one myself what sort of license do I need to do so in ny state cattaraugus county
  • saji m joseph said on October 2, 2012
    Hai, I was thinking to start a small tyre repairing ,balancing shop in ranni, kerala, india. can you give the rough idea how much i want to starting invest for the all equipments.
  • Jeremy said on October 5, 2012
    Melfort, saskatchewan. I'm wondering what types of extra auto repairs would be able to get permits for.eg. Suspension, brakes, wheel alignments. What types of repairs are aloud without special training or how long would training courses be for those repairs. Need certified mechanics? I want to start as tire repair and oil change but would like to do other stuff in future. Also what is needed for certification to start tire shop to start with? Thanks
  • Jose said on October 20, 2012
    Hello, I'm from Midway, GA and I'm planning to start an oil changing business at home. This oil changing business will only be on the weekends only and I'm not planning to invest a lot of money or buy tons of oil to start with. My question is will I need a business permit or business insurance to get this going? Also will I need to get a certification or permit to work on the vehicles? I did do little research online and all I got was no need to get a license for small mechanical repair job. Is this correct? Thank you for all help in advance. Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Sam said on October 23, 2012
    I have been pondering opening a used Tire Repair shop and possibly offering oil change services. I understand that a business license will be required however will I need a mechanic's license for either. Thank-you. Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
  • LindanI said on November 7, 2012
    Hi I'm next on the line of opening a tyre repair centre i need ideas and strategies. Will I be required to a certificate to being a mechanic
  • Bat Erdene said on November 30, 2012
    I am from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. I am new in this business. I want to start with truck tire repair shop. Please, give me some advice
  • Hillary Itai Ngwazane said on December 17, 2012
    Hi I am in Zimbabwe, Harare and i want to start a Tire Repair Shop. What type of equipment do i need before i start operating, the estimate amount of capital required as well as human capital.
  • Jeffrey D. White said on December 23, 2012
    What are the requirements for starting a tire repair shop. I live in Indiana and am about to start a tire repair shop, but don't know if some type of license is required. Thanks.
  • thordur said on January 1, 2013
    Hello, my name is thordur, and I have been repairing and changing tires for 10 years now, I live in Iceland and if someone need answers to best tools or lifts or how its best to change tires, then i am all open. If you need a good man in work then i am also thinking of change location for work. take care and have a good day :) T.G.T
  • tarek said on January 16, 2013
    hello; i will start shop for repair tires. and i need to know best tools & lifts & change tires. and thank
  • Gabriel said on January 31, 2013
    I would like to open a small tire repair shop but would like to sell used and in the future sell new tires and oil change service. I also have the idea to add car audio and window tinting, could you please tell me what kind of licenses do I need and how much money would I need to start up with the small tire shop. I'm in Aurora Colorado
  • Gilbert said on February 17, 2013
    I am in Entebbe in Uganda and want to open up a small tyre repair shop around , I know I need a compressor , a wheelbalancing machine , a tyre changing machine, car stands and a simple jack for the start what can be the size of the shop and how much do you think is needed for the start?
  • Mikairu Isah said on April 10, 2013
    I am in Nigeria and I want to open a Tyre service Centre somewhere in Kaduna, northern part of Nigeria. I dont have a pre knowledge of tyre service business but I have motivation for it. I need a well equipped service centre that can compete for quality. I am a government worker, so I will not have time to run the business by myself. I want to entrust it in the hand of a reliable friend to run it. My fear is how am I going to work out the remuneration for the technicians so that they will remit good income for me. Other good service delivery will be well taken care of. But I am in doubt on how to manage the technicians to get good output. How much do I need to start off in terms of purchasing all the required equipment? I am planning to invest about US$ 10,000 for the business. Thanks.
  • karel said on May 2, 2013
    i am a Namibian boy without a work in my life i have skill in repairing and now i want to start up the business of tire repair because here in the remote area more people don't do this type of business but more people are looking for it to repair their car tires and bicycles help me to find the right tools to use for me to make the business grow big , i invest about N$6000,00 in the business plan , thanks
  • Akintaiwo said on June 20, 2013
    Where can I get trained as commercial tire repair technician. I will prefer a place outside USA
  • Brayan Martinez said on September 17, 2013
    i want to now what requirements to get license for a flat tire i am in queens ny .i appreciate any information
  • J.SUNDARAGANESH said on September 21, 2013
    I WANT TO START A CAR TYRE REPAIR SHOP. I NEED TO KNOW SPACE REQUIRED, HOW TO CHOOSE A LOCATION, EQUIPMENTS NEEDED, MANUFACTURER TRAINING AVAILABILITY ETC. THE BUSINESS WILL BE SET UP IN CHENNAI, TAMIL NADU, INDIA
  • Manouchehr said on December 10, 2013
    I am looking in to opening a Tyre repair/Tyre shop in Halifax NS. Canada. I like to know if I need any license to open and work in this field.
  • QAIS said on December 27, 2013
    HI I AM PLANING TO OPEN A OIL CHANGING AND TIRE SHOP IN MARKHAM ONTARIO CANADA DO I NEED A LICENSE FOR THAT THANK YOU
  • rabbani said on February 1, 2014
    Hello sir. this is rabbani from india karnatak state. I plan to open a new shop of old and new tyres.... pls give me advice what documents and tools required
  • Gregg said on February 3, 2014
    I am interested in starting a small tire repair/flat fix shop here in Rockland county can you tell me what licenses or certificates I may need to start this small business. I would also like to know what type of capital I would need to achieve my goal. Thanks I would appreciate any and all information that you can extend to me.
  • mikka said on February 13, 2014
    i wanted to start a tire repair shop suggest me how much to invest to start this i am working as a tire technician
  • Milton said on March 2, 2014
    Bronx/Manhattan NY, can you please send me info, or point me in the right direction of info need to start a tire repair shop in my location. I also want to do it together with a window tinting shop....
  • JOSEPH AKINKUNMI said on March 8, 2014
    I want to set up a tyre repair shop. Please send to me companies that can supply all the equipments needed to start the business. Thanks
  • HS said on April 18, 2014
    LOOKING TO OPEN A TIRE REPAIR SHOP WITH SMALL MECHANIC WORK. I WAS WONDERING WHAT IS THE PROFIT MARGIN AND WHAT TYPE OF GROSS I SHOULD EXPECT WITH THREE JACKS AND ONE ALIGNMENT MACHINE. THANKS
  • Clarence Lewis said on April 22, 2014
    I'm planning to open a tire repair a wheel alignment shop I Jamaica West Indies please send me information on where in could get needed equipment. Thank you.
  • marlon said on April 29, 2014
    I'm in the process of opening a used tire shop in Savannah GA. i would love to get any advice that would help. I plan on only doing used tires to start out nothing else until the business grows. there are 2 other locations that do used tires and other mechanical jobs but are usual out of most regular sized tires. i figures if i keep it at just tires then i would be able to keep a larger supply of tires since i wont need to stock other materials.
  • Francois Betts said on June 25, 2014
    I am from senegal but I leave in Las Vegas , my question is how can I open a used tire shop and how am I gonna get supply from company
  • Tony zang said on July 20, 2014
    Sinaite Auto Repair part //Professional Manufacturer with tire repair patch , and wheel balance weights
  • Otis Griffith said on December 10, 2014
    Wanting to start a tire@maybe quick lube shop in Indiana want to know if i need any special license i know i gotta have tax id?
  • Anthony Asebias said on March 15, 2015
    hi, i'm planning to open up a mobile tire repair service and oil change business. i would like to know step by step on how to start thank you
  • Archie said on April 7, 2015
    Good day i'm working towards starting a Tire & Car Service Center in Malvern, South Africa. I Have invested by buying a tire changer, wheel balancer compressor, ramps and so on. I'm looking for a suppler of used and new tire outside South Africa my email address is:archeaglesmotors@yahoo.co.za. ALSO LIKE TO CHAT TO PEOPLE IN THE SAME BUSINESS
  • Timothy Woodley said on April 24, 2015
    Want to know about license in Virginia to start tire repair and oil change business please help me with info.
  • robert robles said on May 18, 2015
    I want to start up a tire shop to sell new and used tires I want to know how much money does it cost to start it up I am 18 and my plan is to open 5 buy I am 25 I live in riverside c.a. is it hard to get the license and permits where can you find people that sell used tires
  • Isaiah Adegoke said on June 1, 2015
    Please, I want to set up a tyre vulcanising shop to be operated full time in a city in Nigeria. Please I need advice on the various services to offer and the respective equipment. Also the genuine place to source the equipment. Thanks, Adegoke Isaiah
  • JULIANA SAUL said on June 15, 2015
    I am in Namibia and is planning to open a small tyre repair shop. I do not have any experience but would like to get hold of technicians to do the job. Please help me with the necessary tools and equipment that I need and also with the names of suppliers where I can buy this equipment. I would also like to sell second hand tyres and later on new ones. Please also advice on other services that I can offer.
  • Joy Dean said on July 8, 2015
    1. what equipment do i need to start up a small tire fitment and repair shop?
    2. how much could be the total cost of opening up a tyre fitness and repair shop?
    my business location is kitwe, Zambia.
  • Rychmond K said on July 24, 2015
    I would like to know what do i need to start up a tire shop repair and oil change services?
  • Peter Zhang said on August 5, 2015
    I am thinking of starting a tire repair shop and brakes repairing and I am wondering if I require a license in order to open the shop. If so where would I be able to undergo the training to acquire the license in canada or Britain. Thank you.
  • Panama Sagote said on September 12, 2015
    I am starting a tire repair shop in a village called Leone, American Samoa. This tire repair shop will service the Western side of the island consist of about 20 plus villages.
  • lwazi said on November 7, 2015
    Hi my is lwazi my dream is to open a tire repair shop and also sell new tires can I approach companies like Dunlop or Goodyear am in south africa in the eastern Cape province I thank you
  • Mike said on December 23, 2015
    My name is Mike. I would like to start a used tire and repair shop. What type of education do i need to have and how much money do i need to have? I live in Ottawa Canada. Thank you.
  • Davidson said on May 6, 2016
    Hi, please advice me what ever equipments needed to start a tyre repair shop in kerala. i mean compressor etc. Thank you.
  • Raghunath expert adviser said on May 7, 2016
    @Davidson, you don't need much for tire repair but if you need to rebuild the tire by resoling then you will need couple of machines. For hot patch you need a machine and compressor, for cold patch you don't need anything. It totally depends on how sophisticated shop you want to open. You can also add tire aligning service to your business.

    Raghunath Natarajan
    Startup Biz Hub - Advisor (Staff)

  • aldo said on June 28, 2016
    I plan to open a tire repair shop can you suggest were i can buy the tire changer that are made from japan or italy and also give me estimated cost of the machine.
  • selena said on December 13, 2016
    Hi, Morley, Alberta, Canada. My younger brother is eager to open a tire repair shop and/or oil change service. Does he need a license to start a tire repair shop or oil change service? He is not looking into auto repair as he is not a licensed mechanic. Thank-you

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