If you’ve thought about starting your own car wash to make extra money, you might be onto something. There’s a large market for this service—according to recent data, there are over 16,000 car washes in the US, and in contrast to many industries, car washing is dominated by small businesses, not huge chains. 1 There’s room for you to break in.
That said, if running your own car washing business is your dream, you have a lot of big decisions ahead of you. A car wash can be as simple as a self-service station for drivers to clean their own cars, or, at the other end of the scale, it can be a fully automated facility with cutting-edge cleaning technology and detailing services.
In this guide, we’ll explore the ins and outs of starting and growing a car wash business. Grab your sponge and bucket and find out what you need to make your new business a shining success.