Businesses for Sale in South Africa

Connecting business buyers to sellers is our business, and the Businesses4Sale experience is tailored to cater to everyone interested in buying a business. Whether you are a first-time buyer, looking to enter the market; a franchisor, searching for franchisees; or seasoned buyer looking to expand, our experienced team at Businesses4Sale will support you throughout the whole process. Businesses4Sale offers our clients professionalism, experience, expertise, and knowledge in the process of buying a business.

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Automotive

Accessories/Parts

Ref: 3372

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Tyre Fitment Centre

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 2,300,000

Annual Turnover

R 5,675,000

Monthly Profit

R 62,000

This well-established non-franchise fitment centre in the Overberg region offers an efficient service to many local customers and tourists from all over the country. The modern equipment and well-trained staff make this an attractive opportunity for a new owner to grow the business on a highly visible site. The business is operated by the owner and 4 full-time staff members. The team is very well known in the area for their professionalism and consistently high-quality service at a competitive price. The growth and sales during Covid and lockdown make this a low-risk investment for the right buyer. This is a rare opportunity as fitment centers of quality rarely come on the open market for sale. The price excludes stock of +-R 330 000 and VAT.
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Automotive

Car Wash

Ref: 3367

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Car Wash in Prime Position

Western Cape (WC - Garden Route)

Asking Price

R 690,000

Annual Turnover

R 654,013

Monthly Profit

R 17,220

This full-service car wash was established in February 2020 in a prime location of this coastal, Garden Route town in the Western Cape. The business is in a prime position with ample parking and good visibility. The car wash benefits from a captive market with high traffic and is supported by locals and visitors to the area. In spite of starting the business during Covid, the business is showing steady monthly growth is evidence that the business is based in the right position to become the service provider of choice in this Garden Route town. The business comes with a competent staff and is fully set up and operational with three wash bays and undercover parking. The business is currently manager-run. The seller is of the opinion that the business will benefit from a hands-on owner-operator which will result in better quality control and more value-added services sold to customers. The new owner would have the choice to employ the manager if he/she wishes to continue with the operation being manager-run. The selling price excludes stock of ± R2,000.
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Automotive

Marine

Ref: 3330

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Reputable Marine Agency Business

KwaZulu - Natal (KZN)

Asking Price

R 990,000

Annual Turnover

undisclosed

Monthly Profit

undisclosed

This 40-year-old agency was acquired in 2016. The business has years of marine maintenance experience, servicing, and supplies genuine parts. The new owners made improvements to the premises and strengthened the business with staff to deliver excellent service. The strength in this business lies in its maintenance division and supply of spares as the backbone of the business. It has an excellent reputation as one of the best workshops. This is also supplemented by new and used sales of products. This business is a going concern that is fully functional from day one. The main objective is for the business to be transferred to an owner who will continue what was started and look after the key staff and make it a success. This business is the price at R990 000 and excludes stock of +/-R2 000 000
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Automotive

Mechanical Repair

Ref: 3293

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Workshop for Sale in Cape Town - negotiable

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 836,250

Annual Turnover

R 2,409,495

Monthly Profit

R 35,057

This profitable business has been in operation for more than 14years. The busy establishment offers servicing and maintenance to all petrol and diesel vehicles in the well fitted workshop. The services include major servicing as well as auto electric and suspension repairs. Currently only operating Monday to Friday with the opportunity to extend hours and increase profitability. The business is management run with very little owner involvement.
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Automotive

Marine

Ref: 3275

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Profitable Manufacturing Business - Marine Industry

Western Cape (WC - Garden Route)

Asking Price

R 8,750,000

Annual Turnover

R 19,410,022

Monthly Profit

R 268,673

Owning a marine business is a career path worth adventuring! On offer a profitable manufacturing & retail business in the Marine Industry, offering multiple income streams. Based in the Garden Route, South Africa, this well-established, profitable business specializes in new & used boats, watersports, and marine accessories, boat motors, and maintenance of boats. They are the official distributors of a well-known and popular brand of marine products in the Garden Route. The business has various income streams as well as a boat storage facility offering return & passive income. The team aims to provide the customers with their best service, integrity, and efficiency in all areas of the business. The company builds their own range of boats and there is a high demand for these boats. The business had one of its best trading years in spite of Covid, with the support of well-trained and skilled staff, you will be taking over. The ideal owner is someone who is energized with a passion for boating and who would not mind being hands-on involved in the day-to-day operations of the business. Good management and business skills are what you need to continue with this success story. Financial statements are available and all figures can be verified. The asking price excludes stock of ± R3m and VAT.
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Automotive

Bike and Motorcycle

Ref: 3263

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Unique Motorcycle Business

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 725,000

Annual Turnover

R 1,960,000

Monthly Profit

R 32,667

This Motorcycle dealership in the Southern Overberg Region has been in operation for 22 years and is now for sale. This is an excellent opportunity for a new owner to be hands-on in the business and also enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the area. The business is located in a busy street and offers a variety of services including new motorcycles, accessories, and maintenance. There is a large established customer base in the area. The price excludes stock and VAT.
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Automotive

Mechanical Repair

Ref: 3176

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Established Motor Repair Shop

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 2,007,000

Annual Turnover

R 3,979,654

Monthly Profit

undisclosed

This well established and fully functional repair workshop attracts a wide variety of loyal customers. The well trained and experienced staff ensures the smooth running of daily operations. This is a good opportunity for a new owner to benefit from a successful going concern with immediate returns on their investment. • 31 years experience in the automotive repair industry. • Loyal client base. • Situated on a busy road with high traffic and good visibility ensures continuous trade. • Ample parking is available. • Well trained staff with many years experience • All makes and models of cars can be serviced • Specializing in German cars. • Ample stock on hand. • Selling price excludes VAT and stock.
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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

Service

Ref: 329

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Reliable Auto Services and Engineering Business

Western Cape (WC - Cape Town Region)

Asking Price

R 6,300,000

Annual Turnover

R 11,245,000

Monthly Profit

R 219,242

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 proud to be affiliated with 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. 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. 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 engineering and auto service industry with a Return on Investment of 41%, 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. I hereby give my consent for the processing (use) of my personal information by Businesses4Sale South Africa to assist me with the purchase of a business or property.
  2. 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.
  3. Taking all reasonable precautions to protect the confidentiality of information made available to me in the course of any negotiation and eventual transaction.
  4. That all information is received for no other purpose than the evaluation of the investment potential of the business.
  5. 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 authorized in writing by the Vendor or his agent.
  6. Not to approach any Vendor of any business quoted to me by Businesses4Sale South Africa or its staff, customers, or suppliers without prior arrangement with the Seller or his agent and to refer all queries through the relevant Businesses4Sale South Africa representative/agent.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 the eye, machine or electronically readable form and includes information and material contained in any memorandum, report and/or other document prepared for either party hereto by a third party.
  10. 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 before 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. By my signature hereto, I attest that all the above information is true and correct. I request that Businesses4Sale South Africa add me to their database to facilitate the receipt of direct marketing notices of any new business opportunity listings that might meet my investment criteria.
  14. This consent is furnished on the condition that my personal information shall be used and processed under the Protection of Personal Information Act.
  15. Please note: Proof of funds will be required before release of financials and start of the due diligence.

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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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