The AA driving school franchise is not a bad deal, and is a very good way of starting your driving instructor business as long as you are aware of a few things.
1. The AA is a strong brand which is very good for instructors getting new learners privately, but don't expect them to pay the full lesson price for their area when coming to you directly.
2. Don't take an AA Driving Instructor franchise expecting them to give you all the pupils that will make your business successful, you need to do your own marketing as well, and expect to keep doing this until you are established.
3. You can't use the AA logo on your personal website, stationary, but you can mention you are an AA driving Instructor. Photos of your car can not also be used on private marketing materials.
4. You get all the stationary you need to run your business free, but cards, AA approved marketing materials are provided at extra cost.
5. The franchise fee is payable weekly, and is usually off set by any AA driving lessons you have given which have been prepaid to the Bristol office. AA pupil introduction fees are additional.
6. The is an introduction franchise fee discount for new driving instructors which could be up to 10 weeks, and there could be other offers as well. The introductory discount means you don't have to pay the full weekly fee which is very helpful for a newly qualified ADI to build their client base.
7. There is a 2 day induction course before you take up the franchise. You will get your ford focus driving school car during the induction course.
8. You only need to give 30 days notice to end your AA franchise.
9. You will undergo a credit check when applying for a franchise, and there is a deposit (payable by card) when you apply.
10 The AA driving School makes money from its franchise holders, so make sure you get the service you deserve.