Big is Not Better
We recognize there is a logical size for every business. If you are too big, you may forget where you came from. If you are too small, you may not have the ability to get things done. Right sized companies are more nimble, innovative, responsive, and less resistant to change. It is the difference between a dinosaur and a stallion.
We believe this concept is essential to a service business like ours. At Merlin we are able to support the needs of our customers and franchisees, because we’re the right size to respond.
We are the right size, and yet we are growing at the right pace – a measured growth that allows us to remain customer-focused. Something that most of our larger competitors, it seems, lost the ability to do years ago. While they may fix cars as well as we do, they just can’t compete when it comes to serving customers.
|Vehicle Longevity and THE 200,000 Mile Proposition
Most of us in the auto repair business know that the vast majority of cars, vans, and light truck are designed to last much longer than the traditional 100,000 mile mark. Just look at the seven digit odometers that have been standard since the early 1980’s. Cars are made to last much longer, but finance companies, car manufacturers, and the media act as if it should be best kept a secret.
Our mission is to inform the motoring public that their vehicle can last longer and to help them GO FARTHER. We want our customers to have a better lifestyle and spend their money on more important things, rather than an endless cycle of car payments.
Merlin 200,000 Mile Shops Are VEHICLE LONGEVITY SPECIALISTS
Our shops help motorists enjoy the full life of their vehicle and avoid taking on another round of car payments before it is time. Merlin shops provide all the maintenance and repair services necessary for the average vehicle to go farther. Plus, Merlin shops have the unique DRIVE FOR 200,000, an easy to follow and understand maintenance program that’s much more affordable than any dealer program.
We focus on long term “regular repeater” customer relationships and succeed because we truly care and offer the right combination of products and services. No other undercar service chain has anything like THE DRIVE FOR 200,000. It’s one reason our customer’s come back to us again and again.
|The Warranty Difference - We Put It All On The Line
Our consumer warranties are wrapped around the 200,000 mile marketing proposition. Nobody else has the confidence to safeguard the customer with 200,000 Mile Warranty protection on such products as brakes, mufflers, and tires. We believe customers deserve more.
THE DRIVE FOR 200,000
We stand alone in the automotive aftermarket. No one else has anything as encompassing or economical. THE DRIVE FOR 200,000 is Merlin’s comprehensive program of regular inspections, scheduled maintenance, and preemptive replacement that facilitates longer vehicle life. Unlike high ticket scheduled maintenance programs offered by many car dealers and some competitors, THE DRIVE is specifically designed to help customers achieve high mileage goals and get dependable vehicle use while saving substantial amounts of money in both the short and long term.
Our customers REPRESENT a wide spectrum of the motoring public and are SMART about where they spend their hard earned money. Instead of jumping into another round of car payments, they realize that by keeping their cars longer they will have money for more important things. They are members of the fastest growing segment of drivers.
The average age of vehicles on the road in the United States exceeds 11 years. Merlin shops are positioned and ready to service these vehicles. Currently our shops service mix is comprised of approximately 40% of vehicles that are at least 10 years old with an average of 106,000 miles on them, and almost 20% of the vehicles we service have more than 150,000 miles.
|Working Together As A Team
Merlin franchisees and employees have a deep passion for being the best and a strong appreciation for what it means to be a professional. Merlin is so serious that that you and your team can achieve and sustain success in your business that we provide the following:
If you have passion, dedication, and follow through; you too can be part of the Merlin team.