October 13, 2006 15:37 ET

1-800 Radiator Opens Franchise in Indianapolis

Local Husband and Wife Team to Operate the Franchise

INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 13, 2006 -- This week saw the opening of national auto parts distributor 1-800 Radiator's first warehouse in Indiana. The outlet, located in Indianapolis, is owned and operated by local husband and wife team Michael and Renee Hunt. With its opening 1-800 Radiator's signature same-day delivery and lifetime warranty are made available for the first time in Indiana.

Auto shops and do-it-yourselfers replaced approximately six million radiators last year. 1-800 Radiator delivers brand new radiators to these customers within a couple of hours, and at competitive pricing. This innovative business model has enabled them to become the nation's largest independent direct distributor of cooling accessories, growing from a three million dollar company to a company with over $64 million in revenue. A 1-800 Radiator franchise consists of a warehouse and a protected territory for each franchisee. Because these territories are proprietary there are only 250 franchises available in the United States. The company expects to award all of these locations within the next three years.

Since the start of their franchise program two years ago 1-800 Radiator has worked closely with entrepreneurs like Michael and Renee to open up new territories and expand their services. Thus far, 1-800 Radiator has over 80 locations across the country. Their growth is facilitated by the franchisees and 1-800 Radiator's unique services. Features such as same-day delivery, a lifetime warranty on each part, and a small bag of candy in every radiator box, have helped 1-800 Radiator to gain loyal customers and expand their business. The Hunt family and other dedicated franchise owners maintain a high standard of service.

Michael and Renee Hunt are the ideal candidates to serve Indianapolis. As long term residents raising their two girls in the Indianapolis area they have a strong commitment to the area and the people in it. Michael has extensive business experience, with a background in engineering, and sales at the national level. He is dedicated to providing the best buying experience possible for their customers. Working with 1-800 Radiator's operations systems allows Michael to spend time working face to face with his clientele. Already, Michael is working hard to introduce himself to his customers saying, "We want to make ourselves known."

The Michael and Renee Hunt's 1-800 Radiator outlet opened for business on October 9, 2006.

About 1-800 Radiator:

1-800 Radiator is an auto parts distribution franchise and the largest independent parts distributor in the nation. The 1-800 Radiator business model provides retail and wholesale customers with radiators delivered to their doorstep in a matter of hours at competitive pricing. They offer their services through their online outlet,, and through franchises locations across the country. To their franchisees, 1-800 Radiator provides unprecedented technological and practical support.

If you'd like to know more about 1-800 Radiator, or to schedule an interview with Ted Rippey, Director of Franchising call Emily Doppe at (707) 747-7400 ext. 5216 or email her at

Contact Information

  • For further information contact:
    Emily Doppe
    (707) 747-7400 ext. 5216
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