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Starting and Owning Your Own Car Wash

The American Dream is the belief that anyone, regardless of where they were born or what class they were born into, can attain their own version

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man detailing carThe American Dream is the belief that anyone, regardless of where they were born or what class they were born into, can attain their own version of success.

For many, this means starting their own business.  After all, who doesn’t want to be their own boss? Could owning your own car wash be the realization of that American Dream for you?



A Thriving Industry

Nationwide there are more than 15,000 single unit or multi-station car washes that take part in the $8 billion a year car wash industry. With new advances in equipment, cleaning washes and waxes, and station options, there has never been a better time to start your own car wash business.  

A Successful Business Model

According to the Small Business Administration, car washes fail on their loans at a rate that is 20% below the national average, even for franchised businesses. As a cash business that requires immediate payment, car washes have far less of the issues of cash-on-hand and chasing down payment for services rendered that are so common for many other businesses. Self-service and fully mechanized car was options require few to no employees and only daily cleaning and upkeep requirements.  

A Growing Customer Base

New car sales indirectly affect the car wash industry. In the United States alone, new car sales from January until May of 2019 were just shy of 7 million automobiles. That’s 7 million new customers eager for a regular professional car wash in just the first 5 months of this year. Car washes are also a local stalwart as people don’t drive out of their neighborhoods to shop for alternative services. They find a local provider that fulfills their needs and they return week after week, for years. With monthly car wash sales, you can lock in return customers for weeks, even months, at a time. The Start Your Own Business Bible says that car wash owners earn from $75,000 – $250,000 a year.  

Make Your Dream a Reality

If you want to make your dream of owning your own car wash a reality, you need a partner. Someone who can help with car wash design, equipment installation, supplies, and provide regular maintenance. Your new business needs a partner that’s Reliable…Plus. Give us a call. Car Wash design, installation, supplies and service are what we do. We’re sure you’ll experience the Reliable Plus difference.

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