May 22, 2006 13:57 ET

Nationwide Auto Parts Franchise, 1-800 Radiator, Opens Store in Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Location Is the Sixteenth 1-800 Radiator Franchise Launched This Year

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 22, 2006 -- 1-800 Radiator continued their expansion this week when they opened an outlet in Jacksonville. The company, which offers customers competitively priced radiators delivered to their businesses or homes, has already sold six franchises in Florida and plans to open a total of twenty outlets in the state.

A standard automotive radiator will last for approximately eight years before it needs to be replaced. Last year new radiators were installed in six million cars. 1-800 Radiator supplies auto shops and do-it-yourselfers with these parts. By providing these customers with a same-day delivery 1-800 Radiator has managed to dominate the radiator market and become the largest independent direct distributor in the US.

1-800 Radiator only recently began to take an interest in the growing franchise industry. All of the company's forty-five franchise outlets were opened within the last two years. Each franchise has a warehouse and its own protected territory. Because these territories are proprietary there are only 250 franchises available in the United States. The company expects to award all 250 of these territories within the next three years.

The entrepreneurs who purchase the franchises come from extremely varied professional backgrounds. Some have extensive experience in the automotive industry, but this is not prerequisite for franchise ownership. The owners of the Jacksonville territory, Paul and Eva Dimick were both highly successful in sales and marketing before deciding to go into business with 1-800 Radiator. The company provided four weeks of training to prepare them for management. This training focused on the basics of the radiator market, marketing their new franchise and how to use 1-800 Radiator's computer systems. These computer systems and software are one of the amenities that 1-800 Radiator offers to their franchisees. They help the franchisees manage marketing, warehousing, and purchasing. The franchise owners also have access to the largest radiator inventory in the nation. Almost any part can be quickly delivered to almost any customer, something that few competitors are able to offer.

With 1-800 Radiator the Dimick's, and other entrepreneurs are able to manage their own business while having access to resources usually available only to much larger companies. For their customers this means that the Dimick's can offer personalized service of a small business and the wide selection and low prices associated with a nationwide distributor.

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. 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 Ted at (707) 580-4548 or email him at

Contact Information

  • For further information contact:
    Ted Rippey
    (707) 580-4548
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