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Ready to Buy a Car Wash?

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Have you been thinking about buying a car wash? This is the time to invest, with yearly reports showing an upward trend in the car wash industry.

You may be wondering what kind of experience you need to buy a car wash. The truth is, people with all different backgrounds and education-levels can open a car wash business and be successful. In fact, according to the International Carwash Association (ICA), 37 percent of car wash owners have owned their business for less than five years.

With more cars on the road and the fact that more states and municipalities are enforcing regulations that prohibit car washing in areas like driveways and parking lots to prevent waterway pollution, buying a car wash now could be a very profitable endeavor. Total annual car wash sales are estimated to exceed $24 billion! As trends continue to move toward professional car wash systems, you should prepare to be busy for many years to come.

253,000,000

Cars and Trucks on US Roads (2014)

8,000,000

Number of Cars Washed Per Day in the US

4.35

Average Profit per Vehicle for an In-Bay Automatic Car Wash

45

Percentage of Car Washes that Occur on the Weekends

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FINANCING OPTIONS
Over the years, we have established unique and valuable relationships with financial partners including Ascentium Capital, Patriot Capital Corporation and Capitol Leasing & Financing Service. Our relationships give you access to cost-effective, appropriate funding packages that far out weigh anything else available in the industry.
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8 MUST-HAVES FOR OPENING A NEW CAR WASH
location
1. THE RIGHT LOCATION
You will need:
  • A high traffic area
  • No competing business within a 2-mile radius
  • Visibility
  • A commercial area, ideally, but somewhere with space to build will do!

laws
2. COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS
Follow all local and national laws and regulations. You will need at least:
  • Business license
  • Building license
  • Conditional Use Permit (CPU)
  • Construction permits
  • Architect/Engineer for CPU and construction permits
  • Insurance

type
3. BUSINESS TYPE
You have several options:
  • Open you own business as an independent entrepreneur
  • Run your own business as a partnership
  • Open a franchise

staff
4. STAFF
How much personnel you hire depends on the size of your business and type of services you plan to offer. The more automated your services, the less staff you need to hire.

builders
5. BUILDERS
  • Get quotes from different builders
  • Examine all contracts you receive and take note of subcontractors, ETAs and equipment to be used.

financing
6. FINANCING
To get financing you will need:
  • A detailed business plan
  • An explanation of how you will earn the invested money many times over
  • An explanation of how you will spend the investment you receive to profit the business

equipment
7. EQUIPMENT
Different types of car washes have different equipment needs.
HANDWASHING
  • Lower set up costs
  • Labor-intensive
  • Higher long-term operation cost
AUTOMATIC CAR WASHING MACHINES
  • Serious upfront investment
  • Easier to operate
  • Finish each wash more quickly
  • Require fewer staff to manage
  • Lower wait times for customers

customer
8. CUSTOMERS
When you’re done building your car wash, you need people to use it! Market your business. Try:
  • Signage in nearby, high-traffic areas.
  • Promotions
  • Online and print ads
  • Social Media campaigns
  • Digital Marketing

Why Choose Ryko When Opening a Carwash?

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Ryko has the experience, knowledge and support you need to get started—and to run your profitable car wash into the future.

We understand that speed to market is critical, whether you’re buying to upgrade existing equipment or constructing your car wash from the ground up our experts are ready to help you open your doors on time and on budget. With more than 40 years of car wash-industry experience, Ryko can advise you on every aspect of building and growing your business. Our comprehensive, tailored process includes site configuration and planning, permitting, financing assistance, car wash equipment selection and construction management, all the way up to operational help.

Once your car wash is up and running, look no further for your all-in-one service and support solution with Ryko. We offer a national network of factory-trained service technicians and the maintenance packages, car wash support and chemical delivery services that will keep your car wash profitable.

I would recommend Ryko to other new investors for their ability to put a whole program together and walk you through many of the steps. This is not only about buying equipment and washing cars. This is about understanding how a car wash function in a certain community, what it means to be a retailer and how to deliver a quality wash experience.
Dave Edwards, Managing Partner,
CAR WASH on Hamlin Hwy,
Lake Ariel, PA
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