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Lube Shop, Service & Repair Facility, & Tire Store Property Appraisal Services

Appraisal services  for lube shop, service and repair and tire store properties in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, Elbert, El Paso, Gilpin, Jefferson, Summit and Weld County.

"Quick Lube" Property Appraisal

We offer appraisal services to lube shops, service & repair facilities, and tire stores around Colorado. Whether you have a national franchise or local operation, we can help establish the value of your property, and if needed, the FF&E and business components as well. To understand the price and turn-around time for an appraisal on your auto-related property, please use this appraisal pricing form.

Lube Shop, Service & Repair Facility, and Tire Store Property Definitions 

According to the Appraisal Institute Commercial Database Data Standards and Glossary of Terms (2004), which is part of The Dictionary of Real Estate Appraisal, 5th Edition, published by the Appraisal Institute, a “lube shop” property is defined as:

“A specialized service facility focused on the performance of simple fluid replacement jobs such as oil changes, radiator flushes, and transmission/steering fluid maintenance. The facility may not be well suited for major auto repair work due to the absence of hydraulic lifts; typically consists of a three-bay garage building with roll-up doors on both the front and back to allow assembly-line drive through service. Garage bays feature long grease/service pits rather than hydraulic lifts.”

The market commonly refers to a lube shop as a “quick lube” property.

Conversely, they define a “service and repair facility” as:

“A multibay facility designed to accommodate a full range of major auto repair work; typically features hydraulic lifts in most of the bays.”

A “tire store”, as defined by this source is:

“A service facility oriented toward tire replacement sales and suspension/brake work; typically consists of a service garage building with hydraulic lifts.”

The main difference between a tire store/service and repair facility, compared to a lube shop, is that the latter commonly has a basement which is referred to a “pit area” for this property type.

Lube Shop Properties

Most lube shop, otherwise referred to as quick lube properties, have a retail presence. In fact, they are considered sub-types of “retail” by the Appraisal Institute. Though this is not always the case, as some properties that offer these services have more industrial type locations. As mentioned earlier, the main differentiator between a quick lube property and a similar auto-use property is the pit area. However, if a property doesn’t have a pit area, it doesn’t mean that it cannot be used for oil lubrication services.

Service & Repair and Tire Store Properties

Some service and repair properties were originally constructed specifically for this use, others have been adapted through the years to accommodate this use. The same can be said about tire store properties. The difference between these two property types is very minimal, if any. Both are used for automotive services and have lifts to support servicing vehicles. Both typically have a small administrative office or customer area, though this is not the case. In most cases, the lifts are not considered part of the real estate, but rather, equipment, which is personal property.

Lube Shop, Service & Repair Facility, and Tire Store Property Appraisal

The most difficult aspect of appraising this property type is finding comparable properties that have sold, and/or, have rental information available. In an ideal world, there would be at least five replicas of the subject property that have sold within the past 12 months, within the same market, that are of similar ages, tenancy, and sizes. In this ideal world, there would also be at least five replicas of the subject property that have been leased, within the past 12 months, to a similar credit tenant, within the same market, that are of similar ages and sizes. In reality, this level of comparability is not common. Further complicating the matter of relatively few transactions, is that lease rate information is not public, and most owner’s/tenants do not want to share this information. However, even if there is limited data, there are still ways to accurately estimate value.

Appraisal Pricing

In order to provide pricing on a commercial property, including a lube shop, tire store, or service and repair building, some general parameters must be understood. Please use this appraisal pricing form for pricing.