Your Next Growth Opportunity: Mobile Automotive Fleet Maintenance

Feb 05, 2024

It’s no secret that consumers have grown accustomed to the convenience of home delivery services. Just look outside. You can probably spot an Amazon, DoorDash or even local grocery store delivery right now.

Automotive maintenance is starting to enter the delivery category with mobile oil change services. This industry is primed for strong growth, leaving a unique opportunity for fleet maintenance companies.

Let’s put this into perspective. In 2023, IBISWorld reported oil changes in the U.S. generated $10.6 billion in revenue — and they predict growth through 2029. Mobile oil changes are set to disrupt the automotive fleet maintenance industry with convenient service performed in the customer’s driveway, garage or parking lot. Not only does this save valuable time for vehicle owners, but it also keeps automotive and commercial fleet customers on the road, maximizing uptime and profits.

With that in mind, we’re breaking down a few reasons to consider expanding into automotive fleet maintenance.

Consistent consumer and industry demand

The mobile oil change service is insulated from market swings. Despite economic fluctuations that impact automotive sales, the demand for critical maintenance tasks, such as oil changes, remains constant. According to Entrepreneur magazine, there are over 130 million vehicles registered in the United States. Each one needs oil and lubrication replacement at some point. Assuming an oil change is performed every 5,000 miles, that means 390 million oil changes are performed each year.

Low barriers to entry

Compared to other industries, the mobile oil change business comes with a low cost of entry. However, selecting the right tools can help set your business up for success. Look for equipment that minimizes the chance of spills, offers the appropriate capacity and is easy to transport.

The VacBuilt system by Sage Oil Vac was created to meet all those needs, filling an important gap in the market. This equipment lineup provides ready-to-use mobile oil change service solutions with 30- or 60-gallon waste oil tanks. A single waste oil collection solution with a hose reel and controls can capture fluids from different vehicles utilizing different types and grades of oil.

“Mobile service is gaining popularity in the automotive world. Getting used oil out of the vehicle is the most important part of that oil change. A 30- or 60-gallon capacity system, like the VacBuilt, will handle many oil changes on passenger vehicles. Preassembled, ready-to-roll equipment like this is a good initial investment for a company that wants to get into that business,” says Aaron Sage, Sage Oil Vac CEO. 

A clean, efficient solution

VacBuilt systems provide all the benefits of Sage Oil Vac’s pump-free vacuum technology with additional configuration flexibility. The systems will easily fit in the bed of a truck or the back of a van for customers performing mobile lube services. The vacuum generator includes a push-on fitting at the air inlet to simplify operation. Pressurize the VacBuilt system with your own compressed air source to build vacuum pressure to move fluids to and from tanks. The operator can then remove hot motor oil from equipment at up to six to eight gallons per minute.

The enclosed, pump-free system also protects the operator and the environment as tanks are not vented to the atmosphere. And no pumps also mean fewer maintenance problems for a lower cost of ownership.

So, if you’re looking to expand into the auto mobile fleet maintenance, a VacBuilt system might just be what you need to get started.

Contact Sage Oil Vac for a free quote and learn how a VacBuilt system can help set you up for success.

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