Businesses for Sale in South Africa

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Automotive

Automotive

Ref: 3112

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Well Established Supplier of Automotive Lubricants

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 1,115,000

Annual Turnover

R 2,023,187

Monthly Profit

R 13,450

The business has a well established and loyal client base due to good service, excellent quality of the product, and price advantage due to a unique relationship with the manufacturer of the oils and greases. The target market is small to medium workshops, various mechanics, and heavy-duty machinery owners such as earth moving equipment and tipper trucks. The business has grown and remained consistent over the 10 year period despite having never done any marketing activities what so ever. The operation is set up like a Takealot model with very low overheads, it operates out of a warehouse with 1 manager who takes the orders and dispatches the orders, there is scope for growth by adding a point of sale at the warehouse for walk-in buyers. The owner has negotiated various advantages benefits with its various suppliers which will all be passed on to the new owner. The business is set up to run without the owner. The business has been systematized and streamlined to currently run without the owner, and with just 1 staff member in place and zero spend on advertising. Thus there is massive potential for a hands-on owner and a few basic marketing activities to very quickly growing sales and profitability. Price includes R100,000 working capital in the business bank account and excludes VAT.
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Automotive

Fuel Station

Ref: 3092

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Profitable Established Petrol Station / Garage

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 11,150,000

Annual Turnover

R 10,798,868

Monthly Profit

R 452,035

Set in the heart of a vibrant growing community. This well established and profitable petrol station has a lot to offer their regular customers. While enjoying healthy profit margins from the various sources of income the establishment provides the owner with a successful and rewarding lifestyle. The business is supported by a well-trained staff compliment with a strong management team. This vibrant establishment includes a well-stocked convenience store and bakery franchise offering their customers freshly prepared food and essentials 24hrs a day. National advertising campaigns contribute to attracting more feet through the door more often. A busy car wash provides a comprehensive offering including sanitizing vehicles, leather treatments, and various other options. A loyalty card program ensures regular recurring clients. Gas is also stocked and supplied. The site is adjacent to a national supermarket retailer and bottle store which contributes to a healthy passing trade. The site has fuel sales of +- 350 000 liters per month which contribute to a healthy average monthly return. Asking price excludes VAT and franchise joining fee
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Automotive

Mechanical Repair

Ref: 3055

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Commercial Truck Repair Centre

Western Cape (WC - Garden Route)

Asking Price

R 1,270,000

Annual Turnover

R 4,360,919

Monthly Profit

R 50,158

This well-established truck repair center offers quality commercial and heavy-duty vehicle roadside assistance and repairs across the Garden Route. Their 24-hour service includes emergency roadside Mechanical and Auto-Electrical, repairs in a 250km radius from the Garden Route. The company is known as a reputable and reliable service provider offering a cost-effective solution to keep your fleet on the road. This company has been operating for over 18 years They pride themselves on service and their clients needs always take preference. Their technicians are qualified. The business has a strong customer base with return business. Established relationships with longstanding clients result in repeat work and word of mouth attracts clients to the business. The seller is relocating, and the buyer can benefit from a great referral network with the seller. The seller is prepared to stay on for a month to ensure smooth handover and transition. Reason for sale: the owner is relocating. The selling price excludes VAT and stock of ± R100,000.
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Automotive

Mechanical Repair

Ref: 3015

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Busy Automotive Workshop in Garden Route

Western Cape (WC - Garden Route)

Asking Price

R 1,195,000

Annual Turnover

R 2,300,000

Monthly Profit

R 16,845

This workshop is very well positioned in this busy town, with good access. The premises are more than adequate, have a lot of natural light, and are well sign-written. The workshop will work on most vehicle types, petrol, and diesel. The staff are well trained and settled in their work. Client loyalty is secured by giving honest advice and good value service. There are no other loyalty generators, so the new owner would absolutely need to be mechanically proficient. The asking price is very reasonable, includes any stock on the day, and excludes Vat.
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Automotive

Fuel Station

Ref: 3010

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Petrol Station Incl. Property

Western Cape (WC - Garden Route)

Asking Price

R 27,300,000

Annual Turnover

R 52,543,453

Monthly Profit

undisclosed

NO BEE REQUIREMENTS Major brand petrol station with C/Store on a major route in the Garden Route now for sale. Included in the sale is the property which not only houses the filling station but also generates rental income from other tenants. Fuel sales for this site are +/- 260,000 litres per month with a turnover of +/- R193,531 per month in the convenience store, This station is on a major route with high traffic flow and have a loyal customer base. A suitable candidate will show and provide proof of the necessary funds associated with this transaction. Such proof shall be given in writing by your financial institution, lawyer and or auditor for the attention of the broker and seller to this transaction. These requirements will form the basis of moving any agreement that may be forthcoming forward and may there be further requirements laid down prior to an interview being granted. There is no BEE requirement. Due to the popularity of this listing, the overwhelming responses and daily avalanche of emails and voice messages thereto, you will be required to complete our Non-Disclosure Agreement and to provide us with “proof of funds” from your bank or financial institution for you to be privy to any information financial or otherwise. Asking price excludes stock of ± R1m and VAT.
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Automotive

Car Dealership

Ref: 832

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Car Franchise Dealership

Western Cape (WC - Garden Route)

Asking Price

R 4,800,000

Annual Turnover

R 4,177,830

Monthly Profit

undisclosed

This franchised new car dealership is based in the Garden Route. It has been established since the early 2000s and trades more than one well-known vehicle brand. The business comprises of new and used car sales divisions, as well as a service center. The dealer principal has the right to the whole of the Southern Cape for this strong vehicle brand and has the opportunity to develop the brand within the whole of the Southern Cape region. The range of vehicles covers all the LSM groups and has a loyal South Africa following. The business does not show significant seasonal trends. There are some exciting developments within this brand that will change the financial results of this business favorably in the next 3 - 6 months. The seller would like to retain a minority share in the business. On offer is a 90% share in the company for R4,800,000. Over and above the purchase price, the buyer will need to provide surety for additional working capital (floor plan). Take ownership of this exciting opportunity to enter the automotive industry under this flagship franchised vehicle brand and join the seller on the journey to growing this brand in the Southern Cape. The seller will also consider an outright sale.
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Automotive

Accessories/Parts

Ref: 548

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Automotive Equipment Supplier

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 5,575,000

Annual Turnover

R 6,809,734

Monthly Profit

R 75,000

This business model is Import, Sell, Service and Maintenance of a variety of top-quality automotive workshop gear and garage forecourt equipment such as hose reels, oil & grease pumps. The technical staff is certified by the various principal suppliers in Europe, and the revenue streams are for new supply and installations plus the servicing of existing equipment. Certain equipment has to be serviced and certified by law, and this business is fully certified to perform such functions. Here is a well-positioned business opportunity with a real opportunity for growth. Solid commercial relationships are in place with key oil companies and motor franchises to supply equipment and servicing. The new owner need not be practical nor experienced in this industry but needs to be of a disciplined management caliber. Training and hand-over to the new owner will be conducted professionally. The asking price excludes stock of approximately R1,400,000 and VAT.
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Automotive

Car Dealership

Ref: 354

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Motor Dealership and Property

Western Cape (WC - Garden Route)

Asking Price

R 10,300,000

Annual Turnover

R 28,919,643

Monthly Profit

R 197,349

Trading in 2nd hand motor vehicles, this business has stopped any form of advertising years ago. Why?...you ask...Because their service and their product are so consistently reliable that their client referral base is immeasurable; it just keeps on going and growing. In-Bound vehicles are repaired/renovated/rejuvenated before they get to the sales floor. A vehicle on the sales floor is absolutely ready to be bought and at excellent value prices which generate loyalty. This business sets new thresholds of excellence for the motor trade and they are undisputed leaders. The new owner would need to be a true blue petrol-head! Someone who has the business acumen and discipline to step into shoes of perfection and excellence. No re-treads here please, you have to be the real deal. This is also an opportunity for someone just wanting to add the property to their portfolio. A third of the building is not utilized by the business, and therein is an opportunity for the new owner. There are many options with this offering. The asking price is for the 1200 m2 building, and the business. It excludes VAT and stock, which would obviously vary. Budget on R2million for the stock.
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Automotive

Auto Electrical

Ref: 329

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Auto Service & Engineering

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 7,200,000

Annual Turnover

R 15,800,000

Monthly Profit

R 188,000

This top auto service and engineering business is based in the Northern suburbs of Cape Town and has been in existence for twenty years. They provide premium quality auto services and are rated as one of the best auto service centers in South Africa. It is simply a cut above the rest. The business is also affiliated to the Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) The state of the art workshop is equipped with the most modern and up to date technology and equipment of more than R 4 500 000. The business is highly profitable and is effectively managed by the owners who are supported by a well-trained and loyal staff. The whole operation is backed up by computerized management systems. The owners focus to deliver the best possible experience at an affordable price. There is significant loyalty to all customers. The potential for growth is high and the owner has considered franchising as an option. No active marketing takes place because of the established name in the industry. The business is self-managed and not required for the owner to be there. There are key people employed. If you are looking for a premium business in the automotive repairs, auto service industry, this is the opportunity for you. The price excludes stock of +-R 100 000 and VAT.
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Confidentiality Agreement

In consideration of Businesses4Sale South Africa entering discussions relating to the possible acquisition of an interest in a business on my behalf, I hereby agree as follows:
  1. Not disclosing any information, including that the business is for sale and to treat as totally confidential the identity of each business quoted to me and any details as to its operation or financial accounts.
  2. Taking all reasonable precautions to protect the confidentiality of information made available to me in the course of any negotiation and eventual transaction.
  3. That all information is received for no other purpose than the evaluation of the investment potential of the business.
  4. Not to disclose the identity or any details of the operation or financial accounts to any third party (except my accountant or legal advisor who shall agree to respect this requirement for confidentiality) unless expressly authorised in writing by the Seller or his broker.
  5. Not to approach any Seller of any business introduced to me by Businesses4Sale South Africa or its staff, customers or suppliers without prior arrangement with the Seller or his broker and to refer all queries through the relevant Businesses4Sale South Africa representative/broker.
  6. I accept that all information was presented to me/us in good faith and that I cannot hold Businesses4Sale South Africa or its agents liable for any inadvertent deviations or inaccuracies.
  7. I accept that I am responsible for verifying facts and figures to satisfy myself, as to the accuracy of information during any due diligence I/we may choose to carry out.
  8. For the purpose of this agreement the “Confidential Information” means any idea, concept, data, document, drawing, schematic, business, technical, financial, operational, administrative, marketing, economic and other information and material of a proprietary nature, about or concerning or relating to the business whether in oral form or in eye, machine or electronic readable form and includes information and material contained in any memorandum, report and/or other document prepared for either party hereto by an third party.
  9. In the event that a suitable business opportunity is found in using the services of a Businesses4Sale South Africa and in the subsequent event that I should wish to present an offer to purchase such business, then prior to the commencement of the “Offer to Purchase” process, and should I be called to do so, I agree to willingly submit a consumer credit report.
  10. If I decide not to proceed with the investment, I agree to immediately return to Businesses4Sale South Africa all written information supplied and retain no copies.
  11. I agree that, in the event of a breach of trust in the above, the Seller can take whatever action they deem necessary to recover any cost of damage caused by such breach.
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Questions about buying a business in South Africa

Most of the businesses for sale with us are valued on the following;

  • The amount of money they earn
  • The desirability of the industry
  • The associated risk factors

Higher prices will be paid for businesses in more desirable industries that are operating in a market perceived as low risk. These types of businesses are in strong demand. Therefore, the value of the business will be greater than for one in a less sought-after industry and perceived to have a higher risk factor attached to it, even though both businesses may make the same amount of money.

Most small owner-operated businesses are valued according to the cash surplus available to the owner. Depending on the industry this will vary. The amount will depend on factors such as the industry, location and length of time in business.

Larger businesses are valued on either a return on investment (ROI) or a price to earnings ratio (PE). Once again this will vary depending on the industry and the amount of net profit generated by the business.
When you have your first meeting with one of our business brokers, they will give you an overview of the values of businesses within the industry sectors of interest to you.

Some industries are very sought after, and newly listed businesses sell quickly. To ensure you are aware of new listings we provide a unique service by sending you an automatic email with details of any new listings that match the criteria you have pre-selected when registering for this exclusive service.
Our business brokers can register you, or you can do it online through the Register toolbar.
Many of the businesses we list are sold before they are advertised. By registering to buy a business, you will receive priority notification of all appropriate new listings from any one of our team of brokers, not just from the broker you have initially met with.

If you are serious about buying a business, you should make an appointment with one of our specialist business brokers who is knowledgeable in the industry sector that interests you. Our business brokers specialise in the sale of businesses in which they have prior industry experience thus giving you access to industry-specific knowledge. Your broker will ask specific questions in order to find the business that is best suited to your requirements. And don’t forget to search for businesses for sale by using the Businesses4Sale search bar.

You will be asked to sign a Deed of Confidentiality before receiving confidential information on any business you are contemplating buying. This protects the owner of the business by ensuring the information you receive will be treated as confidential and not passed on to other parties. Business owners want to be assured that the information given out to a pre-qualified buyer will be treated in confidence.

Once you have decided to buy a business, you will benefit from an initial meeting with one of our brokers, and they will have your name in mind when any new business becomes available.

When you initially look at a business, certain information will be supplied. However, in some cases, the owner of the business will be reluctant to reveal too much about the business until an offer is made. Many aspects in the operation of a business are commercially sensitive and confidential, thus a business owner would not be wise to disclose all until a prospective purchaser has indicated a serious intention to purchase by making a conditional offer.

 

A conditional offer is normally subject to the purchaser performing due diligence, a process whereby you as the purchaser requests, for scrutiny, specific information on the operation of the business. The owner will supply this information under due diligence. The buyer must maintain the strictest of confidentiality through this process and must not disclose any information to other parties except any professional advisors they are using in the process.

 

The due diligence process is for the benefit of the purchaser, giving you time to complete the verification process. If satisfied with the end result, the agreement proceeds, and you become the proud owner of your new business. If, however, you are not satisfied with the results of the due diligence, then the owner is advised accordingly, and the agreement comes to an end. The deposit money held in trust is refunded in full.

Before you begin looking to buy a business the first step is to work out what money you have available. There is no point in looking at businesses for sale that are beyond what you can afford. Calculate how much cash you have available and what other assets such as property you could borrow against.

 

When dealing with a business broker tell them how much you have to invest, then they will direct you to suitable businesses within your price range. The business broker will also know which businesses for sale are more suitable to finance, or if the current owner is prepared to finance some of the purchase price. If the broker knows what funds you have available, this will help them to help you.

 

With some types of business, it can be difficult to borrow money using just the business as security, due to the difficulty a bank may have in securing its loan. i.e. a retail store’s asset is the stock which it is constantly selling off. Therefore, the bank would not have any actual security. If you have a house or investment property, you may be able to use this as security for a mortgage to buy the business, thereby requiring very little actual cash.

Once again, buying a business through a broker will help you in this process. The business broker will explain the process to you and guide you through it.

The business broker will prepare the sale and purchase agreement for you. This is the document used for making an offer to purchase the business and needs to include special conditions to protect you throughout the process. Likewise, the owner of the business will want to know that the confidentiality of his business is protected through this process.

 

The agreement contains conditions that protect you, the purchaser and also the owner of the business. The document details information regarding the business along with the price you are offering and the special conditions relative to the offer. At this stage, you will also need to pay a deposit. If you are buying through a licenced Real Estate company such as Businesses4Sale the deposit is held in a trust account until the agreement becomes unconditional. If the conditions upon which you are prepared to buy the business are not met, then your deposit is refunded in full without any deductions. The trust account is audited and operated under very strict legal requirements.

 

Before signing the agreement, it may be advisable to have your lawyer review the agreement. When choosing a lawyer, it is important to use one familiar with the process of buying a business. Business brokers are not qualified to give legal advice, and likewise, lawyers are not experienced in selling businesses. Your lawyer will be looking after your interests just as the lawyer for the seller will be doing for their client, and the agreement must be workable for both parties. Ultimately the lawyer works for you, and you must have a say in everything that is done. Once you have signed the agreement, it is then presented to the business owner who will either accept it or make the necessary alterations before returning the agreement to you for your acceptance or further alteration. This is called negotiation and the agreement may go back and forth several times until both parties are in agreement. This is the work of the business broker who will liaise between both parties and often, through experience, bring solutions that can result in both parties reaching an agreement.

Gathering all the information you need to make an informed decision should start with the basics.

 

Price – is the business within your budget and can you fund the purchase?
Location – is the business suitable for you and is it in a good area for this type of business?
Lease – how long is the lease and are there rights of renewal (ROR)?
Rent – how much is the rent and other associated outgoings?
Staff – how many employees (full-time or part-time)?
Income – how much money will you earn? How long has the business been operating?

Confidentiality is paramount, and your business broker will arrange a time with the business owner for you to inspect the business.

 

A physical inspection of the business should come at a time when you have considered the financial information given to you, are satisfied with this and wish to proceed further. Remember, however, that the owner of a business will be very sensitive about your visit. On the one hand they will want to provide you with all the information you require, yet on the other hand, they will not want the staff to know why you are really there. Please respect this sensitivity and have the courtesy not to embarrass the owner.

We are often asked what the perfect business is. There is no perfect business as each business and industry has its own unique set of challenges for the owner. It is important to buy a business in an industry that you relate to and believe you can learn and be comfortable with. We have sold businesses where the owners have moved into an industry with no experience but they could relate well to that industry. Look to buy a business with an eye towards what you can do with it, how you can improve it and how you can use your ideas and enthusiasm to make it more profitable and productive.

 

A new owner can sometimes see potential in a business that the current owner can’t see simply because of the new owner’s skills. Whatever the type of business, make sure that it will be fun for you and you will enjoy what you do.

A professional business broker can provide you with many different business opportunities including some that you may never have considered. Frequently we have people buying businesses they had never considered buying until the business broker explained how this business could be suited to them. All our brokers have owned their own businesses, understand and relate to the process you as a buyer are going through and can provide you with helpful information on the business you are considering buying.
An experienced specialist business broker has industry knowledge that can assist you when considering buying a business and will normally have a selection of businesses for you to compare. Our brokers have prepared the necessary information, gathered financial documentation and compiled it in an information memorandum for you to review.

 

There is no cost to you in buying through a business broker; their fee is paid by the seller.

It is important to have a business broker who is knowledgeable in the industry you want to buy into. Our brokers specialise in business categories that they have experience in, thus giving you a business broker knowledgeable in that industry and experienced in the process of buying and selling a business.

Please use the search bar on the top right-hand side to find that special business you are looking for and Register with us for regular email updates. If you would like an Advanced Search click here. You can also contact a Businesses4Sale broker directly and enhance the probability of finding the right business for you.

When you make contact with our company, ask for the broker who specialises in the type of business you are seeking to buy. At any one time, Businesses4Sale has over 220 businesses for sale.

It is important to have a business broker who is knowledgeable in the industry you want to buy into. Our brokers specialise in business categories that they have experience in, thus giving you a business broker knowledgeable in that industry and experienced in the process of buying and selling a business.

Please use the search bar on the top right-hand side to find that special business you are looking for and Register with us for regular email updates. If you would like an Advanced Search click here. You can also contact a Businesses4Sale broker directly and enhance the probability of finding the right business for you.

When you make contact with our company, ask for the broker who specialises in the type of business you are seeking to buy. At any one time, Businesses4Sale has over 220 businesses for sale.

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