What you need to know to get started in the carwash business


Want to start a carwash business? A carwash investment can be daunting. What should you tackle first? Scout a site location? Buy equipment? Get carwash financing. We’ve got some tips to get you going.

Find the finances

Starting a business is risky. Do the research and prepare a business plan that includes start-up costs and a potential revenue model. Meet with other car wash business owners for advice. They’ve gone through it and may have tips to help make your transition go more smoothly. Approach a financial institution with a solid plan in place.

Location, location

A good location depends on a variety of factors. Who is your competition? How is the traffic flow? Who are the potential clients? Is the site easily accessible? Does it have multiple access points? Is the site visible from the street? These are all things to consider.

Know the rules

What are the zoning rules? Research the areas that are zoned for car washes and find out if any conditions might stand in your way. Verify the zoning with the city and determine land costs.

Go for quality

Your car wash should be designed to draw the attention of the local market and keep them coming back. A quick, comprehensive, clean service means investing in a top-notch product like Ryko. Investing in good equipment up front will help you provide a credible, reliable service for a long time to come.

Market it

Advertise! People won’t come if they don’t know you exist. Use signage, initiate a mail campaign and use your social media to get the word out. Social media is a great way to connect with the community before they’ve even crossed your threshold. Post promotions and offer a great incentive, like a free first carwash. Host a community event, like a BBQ and bring in some family-friendly entertainment to start building a feeling of community.

There’s lots to consider. We’ve helped thousands of customers launch a successful car business. Find out how Ryko can help you.