$10M+ Exit – Parham Parastaran, Car-X Tire and Auto

$10M+ Exit –  Parham Parastaran, Car-X Tire and Auto

January 15, 2019

Joining us today is Parham Parastaran, an entrepreneur whose drive and determination led him to extraordinary success. We’ll delve into his captivating story and explore the intricate process of opening a business and the financing it. Parham also discusses how personal growth is the key to growing and succeeding in business.

Tune in to gain valuable insights into what it takes to turn dreams into reality.

About Parham Parastaran:

Parham Parastaran is an Iranian-American entrepreneur and author with a passion for discussing mental health issues in the business community.

After fleeing Iran as a child during the midst of the Iranian revolution, Parham became the epitome of the American Dream. He built a multi-million-dollar business Car-X Tire & Auto, a franchise of tire and auto repair shops that quickly grew from a single store in Champaign, Illinois to 16 locations.

Although he enjoyed success as an entrepreneur, he had a secret: He suffered from severe depression and addiction. A rock-bottom moment led to signing himself up for psychoanalysis. It opened up the darkest doors within himself and found him revisiting a childhood of trauma. Over 15 years after that first psychoanalysis session, he chronicles his powerful story in his new memoir, Perfect Pain.

Shifting to a focus on mental health advocacy, Parastaran stepped away as a business owner and successfully sold Car-X Tire & Auto in 2017 to Monro Muffler Brake, a New York-based publicly traded auto company that operates in 25 states and owns over 1,000 locations, adding over $10 million in revenue to Monro’s business.

Beyond his passion for advocacy and entrepreneurship, Parham is heavily involved in his community through philanthropic efforts. While owning Car-X, he hosted the Car-X Crazy K, a charity 5K race held in his home city of Champaign, Illinois which raised over $300,000 for over 30 charities throughout its tenure. Parastaran’s penchant for charity won the former Champaign Central High School graduate the C-U Schools Foundation’s Local Business Community Impact Award in 2016.

He graduated from the University of Illinois and later attained an MBA through the university. He often returns to the University of Illinois to give talks to current business students. Parham is married to his wife, Jennifer, and they have three daughters. They live in Champaign, Illinois.

Best Advice I Ever Received

Being successful in everything you do doesn’t make you good but just lucky.  


Best Advice I’d Give To Someone Who Wants To Build A $10m+ Business

Focus on the process.


In this episode, Steve, Mary, Richard, and Parham discuss:

  • The benefits to opening businesses in more rural areas.
  • The process of investing in real estate and investing in property.
  • How the number of stores affects your choices and expanding decisions.
  • The drive that comes from growing up as a poor immigrant.
  • Opening a business and the financing it requires.

Key Takeaways:

  • Success is partially luck, being in the right place at the right time to seize opportunity.
  • Changes happen quickly and sometimes aren’t planned when it comes to scaling your business.
  • A background with trauma often deeply motivates someone to work harder for a better future.
  • Fear of shame and personal failure can collapse a business.


“Always assume 15%-20% of the stuff that’s happening is not exactly going the way you wish it would be going.” — Parham Parastaran



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