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Old 03-22-2006, 05:50 PM
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Opening a body shop in Maryland

Hey guys,

I am finally going to take the plunge and look to either buy a turn key body shop or build one from scratch. I have the investment and the business knowledge from running 3 companies over the last 20 years. I want something that is for me something that I have a passion for. It's not going to be a custom shop or anything like that, it is going to be a modern shop performong R&R work. My question is what is the best way to proceed. Do I try to start from scratch or buy a turn key shop?

What are the pro's and con's of each?

If I start from scratch are there places out there that can help? If I were to start from scratch what do you suppose would be the initial investment for a 6 man shop? I am figuring $100,000 plus?

Where can I find more information out? Is there some type of collision association that I can tap into?

I know I am leaving a lot of questions out but I want to hear your comments first and then come back with more questions.

I am not some 20 year old kid I am serious and I am looking for some help with all of the vast knowledge on this site I hope you can help me out.

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Old 03-22-2006, 07:41 PM
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if it were me... i'd start from scratch, that way i KNEW exactly what kind of tools i had and the equiptment. it'll be a little more expensive that way. but at least you'd know what you had. thats just me though. lol... and i dont seem to "go with the flow" of the others. so they may have better ideas.
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Depending on what part of the state you are in, you will need to check the possibility of getting a permit for a paint booth. You might have to buy an existing business to get that.
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