52 Best Automotive & Car Related Business Ideas You Can Start Today (2021)

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Do you have a passion for automobiles? Are you looking to turn that passion into your own business?

In 2018, the U.S. automotive industry contributed 2.7% to U.S. GDP, which puts the market size at $545B.

From car dealerships to car repair businesses to aftermarket parts online stores, we put together 50+ car and auto business ideas that you can start today.

Here's the list:

1. Start a waste management business ($492K/year)

Dustin from Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA started SOCO Waste almost 5 years ago, a waste management business.

  • Revenue: $41,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

I came to the realization that I had a problem with staying at a job for more than 6 months. I would come in to work every day, learn the job, and about 6 months later I would be sitting there bored and wondering why they didn’t do things a certain way to make the business more efficient.

I tried working everywhere from door to door sales, fast food, shipping companies and at one point I was even an O.T.R. truck driver!

Eventually, I would find another job and move on because being inefficient wasn’t me!

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Dustin , on starting SOCO Waste ($41,000/month) full story ➜

2. Start a shipping company ($240K/year)

Dvir Edri from Denver, CO, USA started Car Shipping Calculator almost 11 years ago, a shipping company.

  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 7
  • Location: Denver, CO, USA

In 2008, I started working as a freelancer for a locksmith company and I learned the job quickly. One day, I decided that I would like to open my own business, so I started my locksmith business. Through that, I gained valuable experience and learned how to advertise and get leads.

I decided one day after I received an offer to sell the business that I would look into advertising for something similar to emergency service advertising. That's how I came up with the idea to open a towing company.

Never stop investing in your business - both in your processes, tools, and in your people. It’s important to keep your reputation in good standing too. And never stop investing in yourself.

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Dvir Edri, on starting Car Shipping Calculator ($20,000/month) full story ➜

3. Start a taxi cab company ($3M/year)

Albert Williams from New York, New York, USA started Best Deal Car Service almost 8 years ago, a taxi cab company.

  • Revenue: $250,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 9
  • Location: New York, New York, USA

I am 43 years old, born in Kingston, Jamaica. I migrated to this country when I was 8 years old. I take pride in saying that I’m a product of the NYC school system and a graduate of St. John’s University. I am married and have 2 children, Abigail 8 and Alex 4.

There was no plan B, C or even Z. What I knew for sure that I was not going back to work for anyone but myself as I enjoyed the freedom that being an entrepreneur afforded me to spend with my now 1 year old daughter.

I didn’t come up with the idea of starting Best Deal, but opted to purchase it to grow it into a successful business. The journey from IT Director of a global company to the owner of a car service (taxi company) with 35 drivers went something like this. My best friend of over 35 years, David called me one day and said that the agency that he works for has started to move routes (trips) away from 8 passenger buses to 4 passenger sedans. Doesn’t your friend own a car service he said. Yes he does I said, then you should buy it. After about a year of hearing what I should do, I decided to check it out myself.

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Albert Williams, on starting Best Deal Car Service ($250,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start a food truck ($18M/year)

Jeffrey Mora from Los Angeles, California, USA started Food Fleet over 9 years ago, a food truck.

  • Revenue: $1,500,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 6
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

We started the food truck business in 2012.

We kept finding it very difficult to find locations to operate. We had a booker that we used to find our locations but fell short and we let her go. I took over our booking and found that most people did not want to book just one truck, not only that they were upset that most of the time the trucks didn’t show up or were late.

We learned the real need was not only helping the trucks but providing a turnkey service for the corporations. This was a game-changer for us, we were really struggling financially.

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Jeffrey Mora, on starting Food Fleet ($1,500,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start an aftermarket car parts business ($540K/year)

Mitchel Matthews from St. Andrews, Manitoba, Canada started Adrenaline Offroad almost 4 years ago, a aftermarket car parts business.

  • Revenue: $45,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: St. Andrews, Manitoba, Canada

My passion for trucks started way before I could even drive. I always wanted to have a huge lifted truck and I loved the idea of driving a vehicle that could make it through conditions that most vehicles couldn’t such as a deep ditch full of water or 3 feet of snow! My grandfather willed me one of his trucks so when I was 16 years old I was blessed to now have his old truck as my own! It was completely bone stock with not a single modification done to it….YET! Over the years I saved pretty much every penny I made at my minimum wage jobs and invested it all into building my truck up to be the beast that it is today!

These before and after pictures below are almost 6 years apart!

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Mitchel Matthews, on starting Adrenaline Offroad ($45,000/month) full story ➜

6. Start a moving company ($720K/year)

Max Maher from Chandler, Arizona, USA started Skinny Wimp Moving almost 6 years ago, a moving company.

  • Revenue: $60,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 12
  • Location: Chandler, Arizona, USA

I didn’t exactly come up with the initial idea for this company because this is a franchise which means for me that I license out the name “Skinny Wimp Moving”. However, because it was the first franchise location I was able to be in a prime decision-making seat and guinea pig for all ideas enabling me to test out theories on marketing and customer service which have no become standard across the brand.

Put yourself out there and ask for their business. Sure be conscious that you may get rejected but don’t be afraid to ask more than once. It won’t work every time but it will work 100% more than not trying at all.

We realized people simply don’t want a moving company that sucks. So we asked ourselves what can we do to make the stressful experience of moving suck a little less and the answers we came up with and stuck to were very common sense:

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Max Maher, on starting Skinny Wimp Moving ($60,000/month) full story ➜

7. Start an intra state bus shuttle service

Examples of a successful intra state bus shuttle service:

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8. Start a cross country bus shuttle service

Examples of a successful cross country bus shuttle service:

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9. Start a courier service business

Examples of a successful courier service business:

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10. Start a tow truck business

Examples of a successful tow truck business:

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11. Start a charter bus service

Examples of a successful charter bus service:

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12. Start a freight forwarding business

Examples of a successful freight forwarding business:

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13. Start an inter state bus shuttle service

Examples of a successful inter state bus shuttle service:

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14. Start a transport and logistics business

Examples of a successful transport and logistics business:

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15. Start a delivery service

Examples of a successful delivery service:

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16. Start a limo service

Examples of a successful limo service:

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17. Start an airport bus shuttle services

Examples of a successful airport bus shuttle services:

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18. Start a school bus shuttle service

Examples of a successful school bus shuttle service:

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19. Start a campus bus shuttle service

Examples of a successful campus bus shuttle service:

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20. Start a welding business

Examples of a successful welding business:

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21. Start a driving school

Examples of a successful driving school:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a driving school:

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22. Start an auto detailing business

Examples of a successful auto detailing business:

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23. Start an auto repair business

Examples of a successful auto repair business:

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24. Start a car rental business

Examples of a successful car rental business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a car rental business:

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25. Start a jet ski rental business

Examples of a successful jet ski rental business:

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26. Start a car wash

Examples of a successful car wash:

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27. Start a self service car wash

Examples of a successful self service car wash:

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28. Start an upholstery business

Examples of a successful upholstery business:

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29. Start an auto paint shop

Examples of a successful auto paint shop:

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30. Start an auto electrical repair business

Examples of a successful auto electrical repair business:

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31. Start a car tracker installation business

Examples of a successful car tracker installation business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a car tracker installation business:

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32. Start an auto insurance company

Examples of a successful auto insurance company:

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33. Start an ac repair business

Examples of a successful ac repair business:

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34. Start a headlight restoration business

Examples of a successful headlight restoration business:

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35. Start an auto locksmith business

Examples of a successful auto locksmith business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a auto locksmith business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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36. Start a mobile mechanic service

Examples of a successful mobile mechanic service:

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37. Start a car advertising business

Examples of a successful car advertising business:

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38. Start a vehicle licensing brokerage service

Examples of a successful vehicle licensing brokerage service:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a vehicle licensing brokerage service:

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39. Start an online car sales business ($5.89M/year)

Examples of a successful online car sales business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a online car sales business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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And for some real world inspiration, give Eric Mitz's story on creating The Clunker Junker a read:

Hey Starter Story, we are Eric and Valerie Mitz and we're the founders of The Clunker Junker Cash For Cars; We also happen to be husband and wife! We pitch The Clunker Junker as a quick and easy way to sell your junk or used car.

We've been able to grow The Clunker Junker into a business that generated close to $6 million in revenue in 2020 with a net profit of $4.1 million. We've had a lot of fun, cried a lot of tears, and met some interesting characters along the way. Ultimately the business has completely changed the course of our lives.

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Eric Mitz, on starting The Clunker Junker ($491,000/month) full story ➜

40. Start a gas station

Examples of a successful gas station:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a gas station:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a gas station ➜

41. Start an auto interior shop

Examples of a successful auto interior shop:

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42. Start an auto electronics shop

Examples of a successful auto electronics shop:

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43. Become a diesel supplier

Examples of a successful diesel supplier:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a diesel supplier:

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44. Start a car battery shop

Examples of a successful car battery shop:

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45. Start a private jet charter business

Examples of a successful private jet charter business:

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46. Start an airline

Examples of a successful airline:

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47. Start a helicopter transportation service

Examples of a successful helicopter transportation service:

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48. Start an aviation cleaning service

Examples of a successful aviation cleaning service:

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49. Become an aviation fuel supplier

Examples of a successful aviation fuel supplier:

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50. Start an aviation catering service

Examples of a successful aviation catering service:

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51. Start an aviation maintenance and repair business

Examples of a successful aviation maintenance and repair business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a aviation maintenance and repair business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an aviation maintenance and repair business ➜

52. Start a drone repair business

Examples of a successful drone repair business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a drone repair business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a drone repair business ➜

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Pat Walls,  Founder of Starter Story

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