Starting a Mobile Auto Repair Business

If you want to start a mobile auto repair business, you need to follow some proven steps. It is typical for auto repair shops to offer their services in one place only.

With the mobile option, you can now bring your business to your customers' doorsteps! This is a great way to make money especially if you can do it properly.

The Mobile Option

One of the greatest investments that you can try is the auto repair business. It’s quite common for businesses to stay in one place only. If you want some change, you can try the mobile auto repair business. As the word suggests, your business will not be confined in one place. In fact, you can travel from one place to another offering auto repair. Leasing or owning a building for the place of business can be heavy on the pocket and so if you opt for a mobile auto repair service, you can save a lot of money.

You can have the main business office at home. Having a home shop will allow you to save lots of money. By creating your own business plan, you can now have a detailed guide on how to start your new business. Choose a name for the business and also a logo for easy recognition. Make sure that you get business cards, letterheads, and envelopes that also have your business name and logo so that you can advertise your business in all your communications. You will also need to start making a list of potential customers – you can include local businesses that have vehicles as well as the local residents who own cars.

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Starting a Mobile Auto Repair Business – Marketing Strategies

Distribute flyers and business cards in high traffic areas to advertise the business. These marketing tools should e concise and clear so that the locals will know about your new business. Distribute communication letters to those who are included in your list. This is a great way to establish a good relationship with your customers. Next step is to purchase your inventory. You will need auto repair equipment and supplies so you have to get them from reputable manufacturers or suppliers. You can use the internet to find a suitable supplier that offers the best prices and deals. You will have to ensure that you have the necessary licenses to avoid problems. Illegal businesses can lead to imprisonment and paying of hefty fines.

You will need a huge vehicle for the mobile auto repair business. A small truck may be able to meet your needs. You also need to hire a driver and some extra hands to help you out. You can travel nearby cities and towns to offer your services. It would also be ideal to have a business website so that other people from nearby places can make bookings for home services. Good luck with your new business.

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  • supreme said on April 21, 2010
    hi, i have over 10 years in the repair service, i'm starting my mobile mechanic business and its really jumping now, but i need to find out what business license i need, so i dont get hit with a operating business w/o license ticket in indianapolis, indiana. please help.
  • Christopher Carnes said on November 18, 2010
    Hi. I am a student in the automotive program at my local trade school. I'm close to the end of my program with only one semester left. I was thinking of making up some business cards and trying this mobile thing out. I have no prior auto experience other than working on my own vehicles and what I've learned. Is this a good idea? Would I need to purchase a license right away? What should I know before attempting this? Please help.
  • doug said on December 5, 2010
    I have a mobile truck/equipment welding and repair buisness in CT.. I've tried looking on the DMV and DOT sites and the only license info. found was for a business with an actual shop. Does the state require me to be licensed? If so, whom should I contact? Thank you.
  • Howard A. Atkinson said on December 24, 2010
    Starting a mobile repair business is a great opportunity . In Texas there are no license. Only sales license for a legit business. Just need your technician skills, service van or truck, master tools, and parts available. And you are off and running. Business skills will also help a lot.
  • Dave said on January 10, 2011
    I have a mobile repair welding and maintenance business in CT.. I've tried looking on the DMV and DOT sites and the only license info I have found was for a business with an actual shop. Does the state require me to be licensed? If so, whom should I contact? Thank you.
  • Clement Cregg said on January 15, 2011
    Dear readers, I am just planning to start a mobile auto repair business.I have been working as service tech for years and I think it is time for me to be on my own but uncertain what all the requirements for such mobile venture would be. Apart from some working capital, I can think of a well prepared spacious van equipped with tools,min size air compressor,work bench,some basic service parts,repair manuals,and test equipment including fault diagnosis scanners.Any additions I might have missed would be good to know. I live in Laurel, Maryland but will be serving places to include, Bowie,Beltsville,Baltimore areas. Is there any mobile business license required for such state? I will appreciate all the hints and tips for a good and sustainable business start. Lets share ideas. Thanks for reading. Clem
  • Auto Repair Express beginner adviser said on March 16, 2011
    To all of the "comments" regarding "state license": If your state requires a automotive repair shop to be registered with the state, then all mobile repair biz's will be required to the same. I live in NY and the way I found out: went to NY state DMV website and found the application for new repair shop registration. Deep in the form is a section for mobile auto repair. Hope this helps someone.
  • Emmanuel said on October 24, 2011
    I am a ghanian Mechanical Engineering graduate. However I would like to start this mobile repairs services but how would I get prospective client?
  • rick said on November 22, 2011
    its not a state license you need to operate you have to go to your county court and register in your home county and every county you will do work in. been there done that i know for a fact!
  • Jorge said on November 30, 2011
    Hello! My name is Jorge. I am currently stationed in Afghanistan but plan to start a business with mobile auto repairs when I get back home. I live in LaGrange, GA. There is no other business like this at home. Does any one knows about any license required in Georgia for this kind of business? Thanks!!
  • robert said on April 24, 2012
    Hello my name is robert and i would like to start a mobile automotive service. I live in Ohio and is their any kind of license i would have to have to get started? Also could i have some tips on how to get started?
  • jeri said on June 25, 2012
    I am wanting to start a auto mobile mechanics, do I need a license and where do I obtain one at??
  • Al said on September 6, 2012
    Houston. I have moved out of Houston to Florida and I am looking for someone to rent my old Mobile Auto repair shop. It is on a quiet street and it has a shipping container house and office on. The whole yard is plumbed for air and water. You can email me at I am interested in renting, selling or going into partnership with the right person.
  • DOUG MCDANIEL said on September 19, 2012
    well i got truck and almost all the tools you need to go mobile i was hit by drunk driver last october so i've got medical issues i cant do tires anymore and it sucks it was my life for 18 long great years so i love the tire business call me soon
  • DOUG MCDANIEL said on September 19, 2012
    well im mobile all the way but my truck sits at 1955 county road 439 c lake panasoffkee fl 33538
  • kennedy brown said on October 11, 2012
    I'm a fleet manager in one of the highest govt institutions in Ghana. I studied Automobile Engineering and also acquire the chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) International Professional Advance Diploma Certificate. In short I have spent all that I have acquired all my life to put up a structure meant for an auyo-repair facility. How do I get started? What about personnel, marketing the company and salaries at the beginning? Please advice.
  • Jason Treadway said on December 30, 2012
    I operate a mobile auto repair business in the state of Wisconsin, the decision to go mobile was the best idea my wife and I could make with keeping up with the economy and general prices, also keeping the customers money in there pockets. In Wisconsin the only licenses that are needed are a registered business name, a Federal tax ID#, a state tax ID#, and a re-sellers permit which relatively easy to obtain not to mention the money that is save business wise when it comes to purchasing parts and fluids, also you will need a portable computer (laptop), and a cell phone, I use a smartphone simply for the internet connection, also needed are a few commercial accounts at the parts store, bumper to bumper is a very reliable supplier, and lastly have access to an online auto repair account that provides step by step instructions for repairing because no two vehicles are the same. This is a great choice for anyone who desires to work for them self so good luck.
  • Francisco João said on March 28, 2013
    I would like to establish a Mobile Auto Repair! In my country people are driving much more modern cars, but without a proper maintenance. Local mechaniker are not actualized. So, first I would like to join 3 good mechaniker and train them to use a computer for car diagnosis. Second, I would like to have a partnership with general parts supplier! How can you give me recommendations and advise to go forward?
  • phil said on March 29, 2013
    I'm in the belair, md. area and I'm starting an mobile autobody repair business, we have a cargo trailer set-up to go to used car lot and repair on site mostly bumper and small dents and dings. Any help with laws and licenses or with doing business I would really appreciate any help. I'm partly disabled and can't do body and paint full time like I have for 30 years, but I and some friends can do it part time even if its only 1 or 2 little jobs a week just to feel like a human being again and not a bum. thanks for any help
  • Jason said on March 30, 2013
    I have started this venue roughly 13 years ago. Very successful, if i might add? Here is what i find works for me.
    Do Not take anything that you are unfamiliar with as a job. Always be honest! Keep your prices low. Stay away from getting your name out there to fast. Word of mouth in your local neighborhood is key. Business cards, flashy logos, letterheads, and only does damage to the personal touch of the idea.
    Keep it on a Personal level folks!!!
    As for legal aspects. When i started with 1 service truck, it was simple to get around the (Big-Wigs) Hint Hint!
    Now i have just shy of 20 service trucks, 12 service trailers, 25 loaner vehicles, and completely debit free, along with still running the business out of the house.
    Basically, have car insurance, stay off major highways, and don't advertise commercially, Advertise Personally!!! Get the Drift? Good Luck Friends.
  • knighthawk said on April 24, 2013
    In regards to license each state is different. In Michigan you need to be state certified in the repairs you are doing, you also need certain insurance policies. Best thing to do is contact a lawyer in your area to find out what you need
  • S T Niranjan said on May 8, 2013
    village. i am opened mobile shop but i have to do another business with that is their any suggestions.
  • raju sarkar said on May 28, 2013
    I have two mobile shop. i want to do another business in this shop.
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  • MURARI LAL said on October 31, 2013
    new business start mechanical works shop
  • syed sameeulla said on November 5, 2013
    right now i am in saudi. but after returning to india i am going to start my new business. please guide me about locations, legal needs and registration terms and conditions in south india
  • Andrew Young said on January 23, 2014
    I am a graduate of a technical college. I have a certificate in automotive technology. My wife and i want to open our own mobile automotive business and want to know what the best first step would be?
  • William Gross said on July 9, 2014
    how do i start a mobile auto repair business in portage indiana 46368
  • Sulaiman said on August 26, 2014
    Hi, I am very much interested to start my own business and when I read about this mobile car servicing business I found it interesting as in our country Oman there is no such service so far, can you assist me on how to get started and which company can help me with the business plan? Thanks
  • Rick said on September 7, 2014
    i am planning to open a mobile auto repair business in Houston, Texas
  • bobby martin said on September 25, 2014
    I am bobby I am a 20yr diesel and equipment mechanic i am going mobile on my own //I have been a road call tech for 10 or so of my career and the last bit I worked with a company called advanced maintenance in NC and they are fairly shady to say it I am taking my savings and I bought a top kick GMC with a cat 3116 and a baker box bed a monster ...and I am gonna tool it up and go to work ///any ideas on a good way to advertise locally ////I live rt near a major hwy I 95 I am very skilled and proficient just need to build a client base ...
  • Chau said on November 10, 2014
    Does anyone know if it's legal for me to fix cars for other people out of my garage for extra money? I'm in Virginia and I am not a licensed mechanic. Thanks.
  • Norm said on December 31, 2014
    I'm going to open a mobile auto and truck repair business. I operated an auto shop for years. I think keeping prices low and quality work is the key.
  • Sam said on January 23, 2015
    I am starting my own mobile mechanical business but need help getting all the necessary licenses. I live in NY, zip zone 11385.
  • Marcos said on March 11, 2015
    Anyone know of any successful mobile mechanics I could possibly ask questions of starting my own business?
  • Bobby Martin said on April 10, 2015
    Hello start up hub ,Iam Bobby Martin the real bobby Martin and I currently work for advanced maintenance in fayetteville nc.I do not know what and why someone would write a post about me and my business and not even inform or ask me .advanced maintenance is a great company I have not had a bad experience at all with them. Robert Overton and Dana Overton are the best two people I have ever worked for .so that being said I'm curious what and who you are .and what did shady stand for ? Maybe shady as in laid back and sufficient yes As far as I'm concerned this is the most flexible and rewarding job for mechanics out there . This opportunity that Chris has put together is a win win on all parties involved .Never has there been a company that helps mechanics get there own small subcontract business together and keep them employed .so to clear any false feelings thanks Chris Holman for your ideas and what you have created .this is the future of repair and I am all in ..thank you and if the other mechanics on here are curious .ask around .advanced maintenance is growing and full of opportunities .thanks for your time sincerely the real BOBBY Martin Sr current advanced maintenance tech
  • Derrick said on April 14, 2015
    want to start a auto and welding business in NJ
  • EZEKWESIRI KINGSLEY said on April 24, 2015
    Bobby martin pls can you supply the contact of Advance Maintenance Tech. I need a training before I can start and what you to be my mentor sir. Kingsley uzoigwe
  • Gloria calderon said on April 28, 2015
    I am starting mobile repair Flat Tires I would like to know what permit or license that I would need.
  • Eddie Phan said on September 4, 2015
    I would like to start a mobile auto service but don't know what is required in Stockton California. I have over 10 years experience in automotive service and am a member of the M.A.C.S Mobile Air Conditioning Society.
  • Tariq Goodwin said on April 5, 2016
    I am trying to start a mobile tire service,serving at your choice of place ( business/homes/etc. ) covering the Pennsylvania, tri state.
  • Robert Dicker said on July 9, 2016
    Hi I am Bob, I have been an auto mechanic for over 30, I just started my mobile auto repairs business and need some advice on how to market the business, any idea how to get things moving, thanks.
  • Stan said on August 1, 2016
    I am wanting to start a mobile truck service/repair business in reno Nevada. Was just wondering what I needed to stay within the laws. The best place for a small business loan, etc
  • Bobby Rose ll said on September 11, 2016
    I have a mobile tire business for auto and commercial trucks what insurance do I need ? Thx.
  • Craig J Gilbert said on December 13, 2016
    I want to start a Mobile Tire Service in Oregon. I have been in the business all my life and want to do something on my own. What is the best way to get started. Thanks
  • Gregory barnes said on April 22, 2018
    I really appreciate your help with this dream


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