Tint World Aims for 100 Car Electronics Stores

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Tint World Franchise, now with 25 stores that carry top car audio brands, aims to open 100 car audio stores in the next two years, says CEO Charles Bonfiglio.

Tint World is expandingThe company has already expanded from 6 stores to 25 since 2007, during four of the worst years for car electronics.

Tint World also announced Thursday that it upgraded two of its stores to what it calls “the automotive center of the future.”

The stores in Weston and Sunrise, FL sell car AV brands including Kenwood, Pioneer, Alpine, Focal, Rockford Fosgate, Kicker, K40 Radar, Audiovox, and Viper.

The locations are also co-branded with Meineke Car Car Centers and they are now the largest in the Tint World chain.

The shops have interactive displays for car AV and also for window tint options, custom wheels, and performance accessories. They install marine audio and tint windows on homes, offices and boats as well as cars.

MECP certified mobile electronics installers are also at the locations.

The two new shops take a broad focus, selling car detailing, maintenance, repairs and aftermarket accessories. They’ve been outfitted with large screen TVs, granite counters, hardwood floors and even an espresso machine.

New glass-enclosed service bays, let customers view the work being done on their vehicle while they are sitting in a waiting room.

“The redesigned stores are a plush, modern vision of an auto specialty center unlike any other,” said a company press release.

Bonfiglio notes that many car dealerships, car repair shops and car wash locations are looking for plus business, including expanding into car audio and so Tint World allows that. He also says that a car electronics retailer can expand by opening up a Tint World location.

“The average mobile electronics shop does $250,000 a year. That can’t be sustained in a tough economy with costs rising. So you need to be able to support it with additional services.” Franchises start at $70,000 (if you already own a building) and range up to $158,000.

Tint World provides marketing materials and a group buy in to national advertising that ties in with manufacturer rebate programs from Kenwood, Rockford, Kicker and others.

“If you are a little car stereo shop, you can’t afford to build a beautiful Web site and Internet marketing plan. The idea of having a franchise behind you that’s taking hold of this industry and being able to service it up with training….we’re looking for independents that still have the wherewithal to convert over [to the franchise].” Hmmmm….

Tint World currently has franchise licensees in 6 states.

Source: Tint World

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  1. Growth at any cost. now more pep boys installs of lower end equipment or low end tech training. Meinek here, is know for discount mufflers. i see nothing but problems with this program. spend the franchise money well while you can-word will be getting out. gw

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