Opening a car wash is the dream of many who want to start on a new investment path and see greater business success. While owning a car wash is very similar to managing other types of industries, there are a number of things that are unique to car washes that you will want to consider in your process. By now you have likely created a business plan, which gives you a great overview of where you want to go when you own a car wash, but we want to discuss more of the small details and little known secrets that go into the process of opening and owning a car wash.
The place you choose to build your car wash is incredibly important. The perfect car wash location should have the following important features:
If you find a location that doesn’t meet this requirements, you risk losing some of the success you would see owning a car wash.
Depending on how much budget you have when you are starting your journey to owning a car wash, the best option may not be to build a new car wash from scratch. Instead, it might be a better idea to speak with a commercial real estate agent to find existing car washes that are for sale. When you buy an existing car wash, you will have the building blocks to work with building a car wash custom for your goals. You can also look at other buildings that you can more affordably transform into a car wash. When looking at commercial properties to purchase, be sure to follow the location rules above.
Before purchasing property, you will want to make sure it is zoned for commercial use. If not, you may have to find another location, look into the re-zoning process, or apply for a special use permit. It is also very important to check the local utility usage codes and sanitary sewers to ensure they are able to support a car wash and the recycling technology that will be installed. Don’t forget to factor in the cost of business licenses, insurance, and property tax when owning a car wash.
Arguably the most important part of owning a car wash business is the soap you will use. For a bigger initial profit margin, some car wash business owners will try to go for the most affordable soap on the market. This is a big mistake for long term success. The soap you use is like a business card for your car wash. Car owners will look at the shine and finish on their vehicle after taking it through your wash. If their vehicles have soap scum, are spotted with water, or if the shine fades after a couple of hours, they will not go back to your car wash again.
When choosing your car wash chemicals, here are some important questions to ask yourself.
Before selecting your soap, it is important to speak with a professional car wash distributor. They will know the type of car wash you plan to install and understand the soap options available for your system. To help you stay in your business expense budget, they will provide a variety of options for a better shine to improve your car wash business reputation.