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Autobarn is an award winning national franchise system established in 1985. With 112 stores, Autobarn is Australia’s largest franchised automotive parts and accessories retailer.

Autobarn is the premium retail brand of the Automotive Brands Group, which in turn, is a part of Aftermarket Network Australia.

Autobarn stores are big businesses. High sales volumes, high revenues, and low overheads are typical in the Autobarn retail environment.

Autobarn franchisees benefit from the whole groups huge buying power, exclusive products, and a centralised distribution service.

Autobarn is moving with the times rolling out exciting technological developments in how we sell to and communicate with our customers.

As an accredited franchise with National Australia Bank, Bankwest, Bank of Queensland and ANZ, Autobarn approved applicants can secure a substantial amount of the total funding required for the investment against the businesses assets.

Why us

Why Invest in an Autobarn Franchise?

Brand and Marketing

  • An iconic brand that enjoys enormous consumer recognition
  • Broad and effective advertising and marketing activity inclusive of;
    1. Catalogues
    2. TV and Radio advertising
    3. In-store ‘Point of sale’ material
    4. Search engine marketing and optimisation
    5. Social media management
    6. Public relations support
    7. Local area marketing assistance
    8. AAA National Sport Sponsorships and local sponsorships
    9. National charity support
  • Dedicated Local area marketing assistance


  • Huge Buying Power
  • ABG brands and products manufactured for and sold exclusively to ABG outlets
  • Sophisticated and easy to manage inventory management and product buying systems
  • Product range, depth and breath direction and advice
  • Vertically integrated warehousing and centralised distribution system

People / Knowledge

Training and Support

  • 4 week Autobarn Management Training program in all aspects of Autobarn operations and retail management
  • 2-4 weeks “intensive care” in store support for all new franchisees
  • Dedicated Field Manager providing advice and hands on assistance in;
    1. Store presentation, image and layout
    2. Standards compliance and gap improvement
    3. Merchandising
    4. Staff training, retention, recruitment and rostering and labour budgeting
    5. Local Area Marketing o Business Plan and Strategy
    6. KBI reporting and group benchmarking
  • Field Merchandising Managers providing in store, hands on merchandising assistance

Support Systems

  • Book keeping and administration services
  • I.T maintenance of inventory management, back of house, and Point of Sale systems
  • Comprehensive product buying systems, advice and direction

New Store Opening

  • Professional site selection lease negotiations
  • Turn Key establishment and shop build


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This is a step by step guide to the process of becoming an Autobarn Franchisee.

Our Franchise process is established on 2 keys principles, disclosure and productive relationships. The process is designed to ensure that all potential new franchisees are provided all information they need to fully investigate and evaluate the franchise investment (we are confident that what you discover you will like) and to be able to form close and working relationships with all the key managers of our business to ensure that the full support of the organization is available to each and every new franchisee.

STEP 1: Submit an Enquiry to receive further detailed information about the franchise

The information you will receive includes:

  • A listing of all New Sites, Stores forSale, and Search Areas for New Sites
  • A Frequently Asked Questions document – the Facts and Figures
  • An Information Booklet about Autobarn and the Automotive Parts and Accessories industry
  • An Expression of Interest Form

STEP 2: Submit an Expression of Interest
If after reading the information provided you wish to proceed further we ask that you complete and return an Expression of Interest form. This form will give us a few brief details about you, and your immediate business ambitions. You may nominate a specific opportunity in which you would like further information, e.g. a specific store that is for sale. On receipt we will get in touch.

STEP 3: Let’s Meet
We will invite you to meet with one of our Business Development or Field Support Managers for an informal chat about the Franchise and identify specific opportunities you may have an interest in. If your interest is in a specific store that is for sale, we will provide you with a Business Summary document which will give you the top line information about that franchise business

STEP 4: Initial Application / Disclosure, Investigation and Due Diligence
Following our meeting, if you wish to proceed further, then you need to be able to investigate the franchise investment in detail and to conduct your due diligence. We will therefore encourage you to complete an Initial Application for Franchise (soft copy form) and to submit this application for preliminary approval. Assuming your Application receives preliminary approval, you will be provided a complete Disclosure Package. You will receive;

  • A Disclosure Document ( which includes contact details for our existing franchisees, we strongly encourage all applicants to contact our existing franchisees to have a chat)
  • A draft Franchise Agreement
  • A Business Plan template and Financial information about the store network, including existing store sales and earnings, development and operating costs
  • A copy of any relevant Lease and Lease Disclosure ( for new sites a Site Evaluation Report will also be provided)
  • Contact details for Accredited Finance providers

If you have made an Application for a specific existing store that is for sale then you will also receive

  • A Business Profile containing detailed business information inclusive of:
  1. Demographic and trade zone information
  2. Financial statements ( 3 years )
  3. Copy of Lease and Lease Disclosure
  4. Copy of existing Franchise Agreement
  5. Staff and Roster Details
  6. Stock reports
  7. Sales reports
  8. Advertising and marketing activity report

STEP 5: Confirmation of your intent to proceed
It is our intent to ensure that all the information provided in both the disclosure and your discussions with us is sufficient to enable you to confidently decide if you want to proceed with a specific new store site, a potential territory or the purchase of an existing business (assuming that a purchase price has been negotiated). If you confirm with us that yes, you do want to proceed, then we will ask that you;

  • Formally complete the Application for Franchise ( hard copy, and evidence documentation)
  • Pay a refundable application deposit of $2,000
  • Submit your completed or partially completed Business Plan for assessment

On receipt of your Formal Application and application deposit we will arrange with you

  • Completion of any outstanding Disclosure Items ( e.g. the lease for a specific new site)
  • Your attendance to an Orientation Day (at out cost) at our Melbourne Head Office

STEP 6: Orientation Day
This is a very valuable and rewarding day. After this day there should very little if anything that you do not know about Autobarn, the franchise, your future store and how to operate it. We will also have the opportunity to get to know you better and to evaluate any special support or needs you may require in your future franchise. We will arrange your travel to our Head Office and National Distribution Centre in Nunawading, Melbourne where you will participate in discussions and presentations, with our Senior Department Managers on;

  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Product buying, product range and breadth, inventory management
  • Store Operations-
  • Merchandising
  • Staffing and management systems
  • Point ofSalean I.T systems
  • Business administration and reporting
  • Store construction, image, set-up
  • Training programs

Also your business goals, ambitions, and expectations will be discussed and your Business Plan will be assessed and evaluated.

STEP 7: Application Approval and Franchise Agreement
If you advise us that you intend to proceed with the franchise opportunity following the orientation day, and your Business Plan and Application are approved by us, then we will arrange for a Franchise Agreement to be offered to you for completion.

  • If a new store is being developed we will provide final development cost estimates and a payment schedule
  • If an existing store is being purchased we will make the necessary arrangements with yours and the vendors lawyers for settlement

STEP 8: Training
Your 4 week training program must be completed before the franchise is finally completed you open your new store or complete the purchase of an existing store. Training primarily consists of extensive hands on training in a nominated training store, and some elements of class room training are conducted at our Melbourne Head Office.

Also for the first 4 weeks of operation of your new business a Training Manager will be in store with you to provide you mentoring and intensive care support

Welcome to Autobarn

“The brand is strong and offers a good business core, but still provides plenty of potential to tailor your individual business to the local demographic market. The level of training and support from the Autobarn group was much greater than I expected for a chain of around 100 stores. I was impressed by the infrastructure generally.
I was also impressed by the training offered by Autobarn – it covered both the management aspect as well as practical on-the-floor training instore.”
Rob Brown, Franchisee, Autobarn Lawnton


“I chose Autobarn because I feel the automotive industry is a constant in our lives and being involved with a retail business/segment that is constant was really important. I also felt that the Autobarn model looked great, the brand was strong and the business looked dynamic.
Later on, I learnt that Autobarn puts a lot of time and energy into training new franchisees: I spent 3 weeks learning all the systems and procedures and how to run the business prior to the business opening. Our first year was fantastic and I feel the training program was the key to that success.
Autobarn provides great support from a macro and micro perspective. At a macro level there is support via our own warehousing to ensure we have control of our product supply, quarterly direction on marketing and our future strategies. At a micro level there is day to day / week to week communication by all head office people on current issues or needs.”
Trent Bromley, Franchisee, Autobarn Noarlunga



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