• GUEST December 12, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Most definitely stay away from the professional liars and manipulators in Matco Tools management, they will present you with a phenominal business opportunity and send you on test rides with only top Franchisees with full trucks who tow the company line. The tools are definitely one cool aspect of the business however the tool business has changed radically since the advent of Franchising. You do not own your own business with this concept and can/will be terminated for any reason the company chooses. THIS IS NOT A FRANCHISEE FRIENDLY COMPANY.
    Ask the management how many Franchisees started in the last 10 years versus how are left after 10 years, the number is AN ASTOUNDING 90% are gone!! They will only quote 1 years worth of attrition with plenty of excuses minimizing fault on their end.
    Plain and simple Matco Tools is running a "churning" operation, they suck you in, fleece you for 2-4 years then discard you and on to the next victim.

  • DISTRIBUTOR December 13, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    I AGREE!! This is one to stay far far far away from. My Matco's own documents – they boast of a 47% new distributor failure rate – unbelievable.
    LIES, If you want to throw away $100,000, your good credit, your marriage, and your dream to own a small business – then invest
    BE SMART – the smart RUN

  • richard brannies December 13, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    how can matco have it where people can establish their own account with matco and their distributors name is optional. isnt that like selling in someone elses area. its just okay for matco to do. thats not right

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  • Churned & Burned January 10, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Stay away from these corporate vampires ! They paint a rosy picture in the beginning and set you up to fail, they even hope you do fail because it means a new source of capital. New loan, new interest, new starter inventory. You will be thrown out owing thousands to Matco, bankrupt, broke, and depressed.

  • Rocky January 21, 2012 at 12:23 am

    I lost (walked away) after many failed promises of making a ok living. My buisness failed because of the lack of support from Matco. When I wanted help they offered to help at a substantial cost when I was still owing the initial inventory and trying to make the truck payment. Small route area, poor D.M. support and too many unhappy fellow distributors caused my buisness to fail. Monthly meetings were a joke, all they did was push harder to purchase more and sell cheap with very small profit margins. Class action? Iam in!

  • DEBBIE SOLKO March 15, 2012 at 11:05 pm


    Matco 'churns' distributors, franchise fraud, multiple lawsuits! You probably won't get another distributor, if you do, won't last long…..

    A recruiting video for Matco Tools quotes a US Department of Commerce study that NEVER existed.


  • Todd Peterson March 15, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Matco used fraud, lies, spyware and false documents to steal my successful Franchise and left me with less than 325 customers after they did it! Then I was promised a route resurvey by my District Manager twice in 2009 after I cited low head count as a problem with my Franchise and being profitable and it was never done. Matco let my Franchise die out slowly losing over 50% of my customers to shop reductions and closures. I do not recommend this Franchise to anyone and ask any MILITARY SOLDIERS to do their homework before starting a Franchise. Read the UFOC front to back! If you do it you will see that it in itself is a CROOKED AGREEMENT although the people selling it will swear that they will treat you right and you have nothing to worry about! Run FROM THIS SCAM!!!

  • Tony March 15, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Same story here Rocky. Everything you said, but dont forget that Matco expects you to take on the added risk of financing your customers who cant qualify for Matco Financing. So in a depressed economy, you are forced into making loans to people who otherwise couldnt get a cup of coffee on credit, and when they get fired or quit, they leave you holding the bag on the debt. No help from Matco there. Oh sure, you can try to go after the guys with collections companies. Where you MIGHT see a 5% return.

  • Damian Freiermuth August 30, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I think this Matco is totally fraud. Thanks a lot for the publishers to share this helpful information with all of us…

    • Richard Dayton September 11, 2012 at 7:38 am

      To all of you who write about Matco's "Scam" …. small business is now and forever has been a RISK. You make it sound like you are victims, when you all provem is that running a small business is not for everyone. All of you had the opportunity to meet any other franchisee you wanted to to discuss getting into this business, before you committed. All of you had the Matco UFOC to read and question, but never took advantage of this info upfront. All of you had a list of the shops and customers you would be serving, before you made the decision to join Matco. All of you lost a business that has fed thousands of families for many years…. why couldn't you succeed? It's easy to point fingers at Matco, but what about your lack of managing your cash, customers and time properly. All of you should be working for somepone else since you have proven you cannot handle the RISK of a small business. It's a shame you will not admit that you played a BIG PART in the failure of your business.

  • Russell Campbell February 27, 2014 at 10:32 am

    I am in the same boat as you other distributors with Matco Tools. Todd Peterson, Rocky as well as others told my whole story and I didn't have to write a thing! I live in Ontario Canada & Matco isn't making a good name for themselves here!

  • Chris July 29, 2014 at 11:21 am

    I am in the process of considering a franchise to invest. After reading multiple reviews on the net – 95% negative – am steering away from Matco tools. All the comments are similar – Matco taking over routes, forcing distributors to carry unnecessary inventory, lack of help and worst of all forcing the franchise to carry customer/client debt. In todays economy why would a small business owner take on customer/client debt unless you're a financial institution. Richard Dayton's comment is true in the fact a business owner is responsible for their success however on the flip side a proven franchise doesn't have the high failure rate Matco tools seems to be churning out. Advise to anyone looking into franchises – do your homework and if you're not reasonably savvy at understanding contracts, take the contract to a lawyer before signing.

  • Craig Barnard September 9, 2016 at 9:00 am

    I too have been a victim of matco tools.
    Worst mistake i have ever made.
    Does anyone have any advice on how i can deal with the vultures at matco wanting me to pay them 400000 now that the failed franchise has left me destitute?

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