Cottman Franchise Opportunities

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Opening Support

Ongoing Training
& Support


Meet the Team


Cottman History

In 1962, Richard Silva opened the first Cottman Transmission center, located in northeast Philadelphia, PA, and named his store after Cottman Avenue, located nearby. In 1964, Silva sold his first franchise and began the Cottman Transmission franchise name. From their humble beginnings, Cottman Transmission evolved over the next 50+ years, along with the aftermarket industry itself, to include Total Auto Care across its franchise network, welcomed the new and improved Cottman Man and Transmission Physician characters and had Randy Wright step in as president of Cottman in 2011. Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care look forward to blazing into the future of what the automotive aftermarket hold for them.

Why Cottman?

Being your own boss at Cottman means you don’t have to go at it alone. From the moment you become a business owner at Cottman, you’re part of our family. We will hand you a well-oiled business model – with the support of a nationwide team, an established system for success and peers who are just as committed to your success as you are. There has never been a better time to roll into the Cottman family, and benefit from decades of experience and a trusted reputation for quality total auto care.

Why Cottman?

  • Proven Business Concept
  • Established Name & Recognized Product
  • Over 50 Years of Automotive & Franchise Business Experience
  • Centralized Corporate Support to Help Grow Your Business
  • Established Systems & In-House Marketing Support
  • Personalized Attention & Training
  • Earning Opportunities to Grow

The Automotive Aftermarket – Why?

  • The Aftermarket Auto industry is virtually recession-proof
  • Growing Number of Vehicles on the Road (253 million in the US in 2016)
  • Rise in Average Automotive Age (9.3 years in 2001 to 11.4 years in 2016)
  • Fewer Competitors
  • Record number of out-of-warranty vehicles currently on the road
  • Fewer Auto Bays than in 2005 (despite more automobiles on the road)
  • Aftermarket Sales Increased 3.4% Annually
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Tara and Ted Boyer - Cottman Franchisee Testimonial

Tara and Ted Boyer
Cottman of St. Peters, MO

“I had an independent transmission shop for ten years, started in the business 5 years prior to that.  I wanted to build for the future and I wanted to build a business that would be worth something in the end and something I could start to step away from the day to day operations of fixing the vehicles.  Tara’s father had been in the Cottman organization for a long time prior to that so Cottman was a brand I looked into to open a franchise and sold my independent.”

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Cindy and Bob Cowie - Cottman Franchisee Testimonial

Cindy and Bob Cowie
Cottman of Norfolk, VA

“25 years of business in the corporate world at some point I realized I wanted to work for myself and Cottman seemed to be a great opportunity to do that where my only boss would be my customers. Our name in the business, in our market place in the City of Norfolk, the repeat business we get and system wide. I don’t know of a Cottman center that doesn’t have a great tradition, name, reputation. We come to these conventions, meet everybody and we understand why.”

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Liz and Tony Foy - Cottman Franchisee Testimonial

Liz and Tony Foy
Cottman of Columbia, SC

“I really liked the camaraderie of the Cottman name, the people who work at Cottman are great to deal with. I like dealing with the people that work there. It’s was a well-built name in the past and it’s been around for over 50 years. Knowing we are providing good service to customers, we work very hard to do that for the customers and we try to make the name one of the top in the business. We are a lot like Cottman, we want to live up to the brand and that’s the way we live our life.”

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Opening Support

Opening support includes one week of hands-on training at our Cottman Academy located at our corporate headquarters, in Horsham, PA.

Cottman will provide additional assistance in real estate selection, provided by Operations Directors, as well as layout and design assistance. Additional support can be given in recruitment as individuals see fit.

Cottman prides itself with its enhanced and lucrative marketing efforts. Upon opening, franchisees receive a personal website, access to the franchisee portal, digital marketing efforts (inducing social media, review sites, such as Yelp!, Angie’s List, Trust Pilot, etc.). Franchisees will have access to our technical hotline, getting answers from our top-rated technical department.

The entire Cottman Corporate Team is dedicated to the success of each franchisee. The goal of our opening support program is to provide the knowledge and support to excel quickly as a new franchisee. We’re embarking on a journey together, which will last for years. This journey at times will be a lot of hard work, sometimes frustrating and fun, but always rewarding. These things are perfectly normal in owning a business, but because you’ll be a part of a franchise system, Cottman and its other team members, through ongoing support, are always here to help.

Ongoing Training & Support

The best part of being part of Cottman is the continued family-oriented support backed by the home office.  With unlimited support from corporate, you can just focus on running your business!


  • P&L Review
  • Field Visits
  • Annual National Convention
  • Regional Meetings
  • Training In-Field and at Corporate Office
  • On-going Recruiting

Technical Support

  • Cottman National Technical Hot Line available by phone or email to answer all technical issues.
  • Web Based Training Videos
  • Cottman Warranties are honored at any Cottman center and at any the 2,000+ ATRA (Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association) locations

Marketing Support

  • National programs, Local focused
  • Continual Internet Marketing efforts SEO/PPC/Social/Mobile
  • ROSS Advertising –in house advertising agency
  • Franchisee intranet portal
  • National PR Firm
  • Franchisee Website & National Website


We opened up our first Cottman in 1962! We recently celebrated our 50 year anniversary.
You will need a total franchise investment of $192,000 – $230,000 ($65K minimum in available cash)
We have several open markets; just inquire to find out where!
Individuals need an investment of $192,000 – $230,000 ($65K minimum in available cash) and a minimum 675 credit score. Cottman offers many different financing options!*

*Refer to Item 19 in the FDD

Our average Cottman center averaged $585,998 in gross sales as of 2016.
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Meet the Franchise Development Team

Derik Beck
VP of Digital Marketing

Chris Scallan
Director of Training
South Region Operations Director

Rebecca Ledbetter
Digital Marketing Coordinator

Michelle Stone
Special Events Coordinator
Executive Assistant



  • Total franchise investment of $192,000 – $230,000 ($65K minimum in available cash)
  • Minimum Net Worth – $100K
  • Minimum Credit Score of 675
  • Annual Cottman center gross sales – $585,998

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