The Colors on Parade Story

rob-headshot3Founded by Robert Lowery in 1988, Colors on Parade began with a vision to provide the automotive industry with body shop quality repairs from a mobile unit, thus allowing services to be conducted on the customer’s own site; all while maintaining cost-effective pricing. This vision was grounded in Mr. Lowery’s long-time passion for restoring classic cars. Mr. Lowery spent endless hours perfecting his patented processes, and in 1988, his vision was realized. That year, the first Colors on Parade began operating in South Carolina. In 1991, the first Colors on Parade franchise was granted in North Carolina.2009 Shelby GT-500KR Colors on Parade

In the years that followed, Colors on Parade grew with a record number of new franchises being granted throughout the U.S. Today, Colors on Parade’s customer base includes car dealerships, rental car agencies, body shops, and individual vehicle owners.

In the past few years, Colors on Parade again expanded to offer services to retail customers.

Currently, Colors on Parade franchises have locations in 31 states.

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Ranked one of “Top 500 Franchises” by Entrepreneur magazine every year from 2004 to 2008.

Ranked one of “Top Home-Based Franchises” by Entrepreneur magazine in 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2008.

Ranked one of “Top Low-Cost Franchises” by Entrepreneur magazine in 2007 and 2008.

Ranked one of “America’s Top Global Franchises” by Entrepreneur magazine in 2004.

Awarded “Franchise of the Year” by Entrepreneur magazine in 1998.

Business Start-Ups “Top 100 Low-Investment Franchises” in 1998.

Named “Franchisor of the Year” at Fourth Annual Franchise Symposium, Southeast Franchise Forum in 1998.

Business Start-Ups “Home-based Franchise 200” in 1998.

Ranked one of “Franchise Gold 200” by Success Magazine.


Robert Lowery has 7 patents related to the Automotive Appearance Restoration field.

Honored with Small Business Administration’s “Entrepreneur Success Award” in 1998.

Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals in 1996 through 1998.

Who’s Who in American Inventors in 1996-1997.