We've collected a number of excellent tips on how to go about starting an antique and classic auto dealership.
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Business Plans for Antique & Classic Auto Dealerships
As a startup antique and classic auto dealership owner, writing a quality business plan is one of the first tasks you need to address.
To help you navigate the process, there are a number of business plan software solutions on the market. A reliable software solution will increase the accuracy and consistency of your business plan, dramatically improving its value to your antique and classic auto dealership.
Properly utilized, business plan software has the potential to transform your business plan from a throwaway business requirement to an integral strategic resource.
Don't Overlook Competitors
Prior to opening an antique and classic auto dealership within your community, it's a good idea to see what the competition looks like. Try our link below to get a list of local competitors nearby. After clicking on the link, type in your city, state and zip code to get a list of antique and classic auto dealerships near you.
It's important to be aware of what the competition is doing. Take the time to visit the competition to properly assess their strengths and weaknesses.
A Good Source of Advice
Once you've finished assessing the competion, you really ought to learn as much as you can from somebody who is already in the business. Local competitors are not going to give you the time of day, mind you. The last thing they want to do is help you to be a better competitor.
Thankfully, an owner of a an antique and classic auto dealership outside of your community may be willing to share their entrepreneurial wisdom with you, as long as they don't view you as a competitive threat. In that case, the business owner may be more than happy to discuss the industry with you. If you are persistent, you can find a business mentor who is willing to help you out.
Do you know how to find an antique and classic auto dealership owner on the other side of the country to talk to?
Here's how we would do it. Try the useful link below and key in a random city/state or zipcode.
Acquired Antique & Classic Auto Dealerships: Competitive Advantages
By acquiring an existing antique and classic auto dealership, you'll put yourself in a better position with lenders and investors than if you tried to fund a startup.
But there are also several competitive benefits to buying an antique and classic auto dealership, starting with the presence of a recognized brand identity. In fact, many entrepreneurs pursue acquisitions for the primary purpose of buying an established brand.
In a competitive market, the right acquisition can be leveraged to catapult your business into a market leadership position, even if you personally lack industry credentials.
Franchising May Be a Better Way to Go
Your odds of thriving in your new business are much better if you buy a franchise rather than going it alone.
As part of your process in starting an antique and classic auto dealership, it's worthwhile to check out whether buying a franchise could be worth investigating.
The link below gives you access to our franchise directory so you can see if there's a franchise opportunity for you. You might even find something that points you in a completely different direction.
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