Been doing some thinking about starting a shop somewhere in the north Ga area in the next couple years. My plan would be to stock, sell, and install lift kits, bumpers, seats, tires, wheels, skid plates, lighting, lockers, gears etc. I would mainly focus on custom work though, fabricating custom bumpers, body protection, rocker guards, fenders, roll cages, axles etc. I would plan on being able to do everything from oil changes to building a jeep or buggy from the ground up.
Now the real question, How much of a market do you think is out there for this and where would be an ideal location for such a business?
89 Jeep YJ Wrangler
4" Rough Country lift
33x13.50x15 tsl's on 10" steel wheels
Red Jeep Club #448
There is a very good market in north Georgia. I live near Cumming and round here it seams like everybody either wheels there rig or has some kind of lifted truck or jeep. Southern offroad on 400 is making an *** load of money right now because they are lifting all the dealership trucks for them to sell. My wheeling buddys and I have also thought about opening our own shop some where in Forsyth County in a few years.
Im not too sure about the idea... we are in bad economic times right now so good luck on any sb loans....if your in homer, location needs to be better....maybe athens, commerce seems too small, im in lawrenceville, we're missing a good shop around here. Everyone hates 4wheelparts so much, if you get down here around the metro you might have better luck. Just my .02
I would think Athens would be a good place. They used to have one, Performance Off Road Center, but it closed down several years ago. It was down a side road off Atlanta Hwy and you really didn't know it was there unless you heard from someone else or looked in the phone book. I'd say the advertising wasn't that great. There is also one in Watkinsville, Oconee Off Road and they are a vendor on the forum. I also know there is a 4Wheel Parts in Norcross. Another shop opened up in Walnut Grove off 138 called Reilly's.
Just giving you ideas of what's out there and what used to be out there in the Northeast GA region. Aside from doing fabrication, gear installs, and ordering parts, things I would like to see (have in stock) in a 4x4 shop is standard items like longer u-bolts, bushings, shock mounts, spring pins, and little stuff that is nice to be able to walk in and buy. I know it cost more and you can't have everything for everybody but I do like the idea. Another thing that PORC did in Athens was buy and sell used 4x4 parts. They would have used off road tires, pitman arms, driveshafts, wheels, springs, etc. I liked being able to rummage through the pile and on occasion I found pretty good stuff. It was one reason I would stop by the shop because they had new (old) stuff all the time.
To be honest I can't say for sure that it's the best economic time to do it but that's what being an entrepreneur is all about, risk. If it's something you want to do and enjoy give it a shot.
AllSouth is in Buford. If they werent so far awy I would go there. It would be nice to have something near Douglasville. You could get the west side of Atlanta plus the people on the east side of Birmingham.
I kown I am jumping on here about 4 months after you first posted, but consider Paulding County, Hiram area. There are a ton of Jeeps in Paulding, Douglas, and Carroll counties and no places to work with unless we go to Marietta
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