Starting an Oil Change Shop

Just like any other business, maximizing your capital is one important aspect in starting your business. Particularly in a business of oil changing, there are a lot of things that you must have to be able to give the best service to your customers.

This article will help you to maximize your profits while having all the needed materials to start your oil change shop.

Money is an important aspect. Depending on the type of business you like to start; capital needed may vary from as less as 100 to 100k dollars. Thus, in starting an oil change shop, let these simple questions help you on how to spend your money: a) Would you rent or do you have your own strategic place for your shop, b) Which materials do you need in order for your shop to start running, and c) How many personnel do you intend to employ for the shop? These aspects are important to think about in order to maximize your capital.

Strategic Place

Do you have a strategic place where to put up your shop or do you plan to rent a place? You may think that in order to save up your capital, using your own place is a very favorable move. However, one thing you should consider is how profitable the place you have is. Using a percentage of capital for renting a good place for your business is a better move than saving it up then regretting later. The best way is to search for a place that is accessible and can be seen by many motorists. This is to ensure that you are close to your prospect clients. Even if your monthly payment for rent took a toll on your capital, the profit attained from it can still compensate. Thus, renting a place does not necessarily waste your capital.


Weighing on the importance of materials needed is another big factor in maximizing your capital. Since you are in an oil changing business, oils are the most important merchandise that you need to have. Research and choose which among the available products are proven to have the best effects recommended for engines. Remember, being the best product is not measured through fame. The goal of your research is to get the best product at the least price. A suggestion is to try buying in bulks since businessmen prefer to sell at large amounts on smaller interests.
Aside from oils, the tools to be used are another important factor for oil changing shops. Having a complete set of tools since without these tools, common sense would tell you that you would not be able to change the oil of a vehicle. Thus, decide specific tools that you need for the job. The main goal is not to buy more or less than what is really needed.


Another major investment that needs a percentage of the capital is the salary of personnel who would be employed on your shop. Without appropriate personnel to help you, your shop would never be efficient to serve all your clients. The goal in hiring personnel is to ensure that they do know the specifics of what they are tasked to do. Since you are in an oil changing business, before hiring people, try to test them a little by asking them specific concepts on oil changing and see whether they can keep up with your questions. Asking them to act out the how to change engine oils can also be another way to make sure that you would hire personnel appropriate for your business.



  • Cedric w. Jackson Sr. said on August 15, 2012
    i need a business plan for a oil change shop
  • thakur amar singh said on November 1, 2012
    we are running petrol pump in hyderabad a.p. india we are shop area 400 sq feet how we can use oil change shop advice to us. thanks
  • James Oberg said on November 4, 2012
    I am looking to start an Oil Change business in my town . I would like to build a place in a great location in my town. Where do I start ? Ripon Ca 95366
  • Usman said on February 13, 2013
    hi there i wanna open an oil change and tire repair shop in hamilton ontario do i need any certification or license to open a shop or i can start with out any permit. pls reply
  • randy sabula said on August 7, 2013
  • Edwin Mancia said on July 10, 2016
    I would like to open up an oil change/autorepair shop. On Northgate blvd. In Sacramento, California. I have some tools. But what type of licenses you need to open up. ? And whats the capital needed to open it legitimate.
  • amol shinde said on September 13, 2016
    i would like to open my own oil change shop, help appreciated.


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