Is a state-wide Mobile Oil Change Business viable for the West Virginia Market? Recently we were asked to consult an upstart entrepreneur interested in the mobile oil changing industry sub-sector and looking to target his state of West Virginia. Are there any such businesses now like this in the Great State of West Virginia?
There are folks engaged in the mobile oil change business doing this now in West Virginia and yet there are only a few decent markets there worthy of a large enough population to make it viable. That is to say make the economies of scale work for the business. One concept would be to concentrate on a different area or city each day and schedule accounts to fit that.
Of course consider too that most real West Virginians are quite capable of changing their own oil or have family that are part of that DIY (Do It Yourself) crowd or market segment. Indeed, I have personally seen units in South Charleston, Huntington and Elkins and believe there are already folks providing services in Beckley, Morgantown, Wheeling and Parkersburg. I am sure there are folks in Wheeling due to the tri-state area.
Since WV is so spread out between populated areas, your cost to deliver mobile services due to fuel costs are a little inhibitive and will take a toll on your profit. Of course labor for such a business in WV is also plentiful. The future oil change entrepreneur said he was poised to attack the market and within 10-years hoped to dominate. Well, personally 10-years is way too long for me; Try 10 weeks.
Dending on where one is in WV there are many vendors not to far to help a young business person in the state. Which companies offer business opportunities of franchise? Well here are a few that you might wish to check out;
- Lube n’ Go
- Oil Butler
- Location Lube
Well my thoughts are that I believe the market is quite competitive and that if you are careful and do your “Due Diligence" that you will find a good fit if you are looking for a “Turn Key" type program or if you decide to piece meal it together yourself in your own small business. Good luck in your new business.
L. Winslow is a Economic and Industry Advisor to the Online Think Tank, a Futurist and retired entreprenuer. Currently he is planning a bicycle ride across the US to raise money for charity and is sponsored by http://www.Calling-Plans.com and all the proceeds will go to various charities who sign up.