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Merlin 200,000 Mile Shops


At Merlin 200,000 Mile Shop locations, formerly known as Merlin Muffler and Brake, Mechanics fix mufflers, brakes, and just about anything else that can go wrong underneath a modern knight's four-wheeled steed. The company has some 60 franchises and 10 company-owned facilities, mainly in Illinois but also in Georgia, Michigan, Texas, and Wisconsin. Merlin's bag of tricks includes suspension system repair, wheel alignment, starter work, tires, fuel injection cleaning, and changing belts and hoses. Subsidiary Merlin's Franchising Inc. licenses repair shops to individuals. President and CEO Frank Smola owns Merlin.

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Facts & Figures

Liquid capital required
Net worth required
$185,000 - $210,000
Franchise fee
Units in operation


MERLIN is an upscale automotive service chain with one of the highest average sales per shop statistics in the industry. MERLIN specializes in brakes, exhaust, suspension, oil/lubrication, air conditioning, tires and related services. Marketing is based on long-term employee and customer relationships. Candidates must have significant management and sales/customer service experience. Automotive experience is helpful. Special equity assistance is available to candidates with significant automotive experience (FASTRAK), qualified bilingual candidates (TLP), and for employees enrolled in Merlin's Entrepreneur Development Program (EDP). See Website for details on equity assistance.

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