This year the Tommy Car Wash Systems family of companies celebrates fifty years of car wash operations and development. In that time we’ve seen tremendous change sweep across the industry, and inspired much of that change ourselves.
The location and layout of a new car wash can make or break its long-term success, which makes proper design and good site selection some of the most critical and strategically demanding early steps in the car wash development process.
Location is critical for the success of any business, and car washes in particular rely on the strength of their site to drive traffic and customer awareness. This makes site selection one of, if not the single most important step when founding a new car wash. But even an ideal location with good traffic count, size, layout, and proximity to desirable destinations like shopping malls or grocery stores, can be undone by a single, often overlooked factor: competition.
The process of designing a car wash and getting it financed, built, and finally up and running can be grueling. Fortunately, many entrepreneurs are discovering that with the right design in the right location, the investment has a lucrative and long-lasting payoff.
If you are serious about opening your own car wash in the United States or abroad, there are a few thing you’ll need first:
First-time investors, owners, and operators aren’t always prepared to answer the important questions that car wash development can raise. Considerations need to be made for site layout, pricing, advertising strategies, marketing budgets, staffing, and much more. But as far as car washes go, few choices are as vital as those deciding which car wash equipment will be installed inside the tunnel.
A car wash is, of course, a facility that washes cars and if the equipment behind that wash process isn’t up to the task the car wash will experience great difficulty.
Problems typically crop up in the following areas:
As a 40 year veteran car wash equipment manufacturer and site developer, we’ve seen it all. We know what a daunting and potentially confusing process starting a new car wash can be. What comes first? Prospecting site locations? Securing financing? Assessing your market? How soon should you begin marketing? How long will the process take?
A Buck Can Make All the Difference