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  • Buildings

    Break the mold with a stunning design that increases capture rate and boosts awareness for consumers, letting the entire community know that that this is not your average car wash.

  • Low Labor Model

    The Express is a 3 man operation with one operator at the cashier window, a second assisting out in the lot, and a third managing the equipment and facility as a whole.

  • Investment Options

    With different designs and colors, the express model is a perfect investment opportunity starting at $2 million and up, depending on contracting and geography.

Triple Play Car Wash

Building Design

Our design is perfect for up-and-coming franchises and features a distinctive look you won't find anywhere else. Take special note of our vaulted side walls, rolling roof line, tower features, and end wall starbursts. These hallmarks impress upon the customer the quality of the wash that they will be receiving, setting your sites apart from the competition.

Modern Car Wash Architecture

Primary Tower

The primary tower anchors the facility and houses a critical innovation we call the Flight Deck. The tower is optimized as a control center for the entire facility with strategically designed doors and windows to promote easy operator access, visibility, and management.

  • Flight Deck Design

    Flight Deck

    The Flight Deck facilitates easy access to the most labor-intensive areas of the wash, allowing cashiers to reach the pay queues and loading zone in seconds while also monitoring and controlling the entire wash bay.

  • Car Wash Controller System

    Line of Site

    Clear lines of sight are an important and often overlooked element of site management. The Flight Deck features an angled panoramic window for vision of the entire tunnel, complementing strategically placed security cameras.

  • Point of Sale

    Point of Sale

    Our proprietary point of sale system utilizes off-the-shelf components for reduced operator cost. Fast and flexible, the system supports the Wash Club program and lightens the load on staff members through automatic club member lanes.

  • Car Wash Owner's Office

    Owner's Suite

    The owner’s suite is a highlight for many operators, and offers 250 square feet of quiet office space, separate from the manager’s office below. Furnish the space to your preference and take advantage of the room for staff meetings or office work.

Car Wash Storage System

Secondary Tower

The secondary tower is built slightly smaller than the primary tower to differentiate all 4 sides of the building, but serves an equally important function as a storage center. Detergents, parts, and supplies all have designated storage spaces and the tower includes a second level mezzanine area for seasonal marketing supplies and equipment.

  • Access

    For easy service and maintenance access the storage tower opens to both the wash bay (specifically the blower room) and the vacuum area on the exterior of the building.

  • Detergent Storage

    In conjunction with the POD system, the storage tower stays available for detergent drum storage to keep your wash working longer between deliveries.

  • Branding

    The wash towers offer ample square footage for large custom signage. Complement your branding with available red, blue, or neutral color schemes and other exterior accents.

Car Wash Canopy

Pay Station Canopy

The building comes standard with three pay lanes, each serving a specific function, and a three-lane canopy overhead. We supply everything from the canopy itself the lighting and menu signage below.

  • Cashier

    The cashier station is where customers come with questions, to purchase single washes or gift cards, and to learn more about club memberships. The lane comes equipped with a license plate or RFID reader for club member processing.

  • Auto Cashier

    The second lane may be equipped with an auto cashier terminal, able to accept cash or credit for single wash purchases. The lane is also able to admit club members or app sales via a license plate scanner or RIFD reader.

  • Unlimited Club

    The third lane is marked for Unlimited Club Members only and typically does not include an auto cashier station. The dedicated lane shortens wait times for Club Members and serves as an exclusive members-only benefit and selling point.

Ultimate Energy Efficient Design

Made with Recycled Materials

Totally Tommy washes are all LEED certifiable, and are built from the ground up to be eco-friendly. To promote sustainability we use recycled materials for our buildings.

Clear Roof Design

Translucent roof materials eliminate the need for electric lighting during 90% of open hours, while also creating a bright, open environment for the wash tunnel.

Advanced Lighting Controls

All lighting at the facility is integrated into one cohesive system, so that you can easily monitor and manage your energy usage throughout the day.

Minimal Temperature Requirements

Most areas in the wash tunnel are unmanned and need no temperature control, reducing energy usage and costs throughout the entire year.

Clear Modern Car Wash Roofing

Acrylic Roof

What started as hypothetical experiment in custom car wash design more than fifteen years ago resulted in a transformed wash bay environment. By fixing the dimensions and fine-tuning our engineering we've brought acrylic roof costs down to compete with traditional roofing materials without sacrificing our signature look or performance.

  • Open Environment

    Our wash design offers a low stress experience with natural light, open space, and no clutter. Few other car washes can compete with the comfort customers experience sailing through a Totally Tommy tunnel.

  • Natural Light

    Townships and cities love that our buildings are designed with environmental concerns in mind. We make use of natural light during the daytime hours, reducing your energy footprint and saving money.

  • Low Maintenance

    Acrylic is sturdy and relatively inexpensive, and endures the test of time longer than concrete or metal roofing which can break down given the extreme humidity of a car wash.

  • Temperature and Ventilation Control

    The building incorporates an optional roof vent that opens down the center of the wash bay to release heat on hot days. An optional material called Heat Stop can also help keep the bay cool in direct sunlight without blocking natural light.

  • Canopies

    The building incorporates a 10' canopy over the entrance and 5' canopy over the exit to signal transitions and offer shade as the customer enters and exits the wash bay.

Vaulted Windows Along Wash Bay

Microbrew Visuals

Customers love their cars and hesitate to trust them to 'black hole' carwashes. We signal that our design is safe and well-engineered by opening up our tunnel car wash with full-length bay windows and large entrances. We call it the microbrewery effect and it gives you the chance to showcase your wash and stainless steel arches for every future customer who drives by.

  • Full Length Windows

    Our window design features high windows for a panoramic view in and out of the tunnel, relaxing claustrophobic customers during the wash and making oversight and facility management easier.

  • Seamless Cleaning

    Our unique mullion design puts the bulk of the building's frame outside, leaving a low profile inner frame. This results in a seamless interior surface, so your window cleaning can be finished in under 15 minutes.

  • Equipment Showcase

    Your equipment is some of the finest in the world—and it’s worth showing off! Highlight your facility and equipment, and let customers look in to drive interest and wash counts.

Full Length Carwash Windows

Vaulted Side Walls

Our vaulted side walls break the shoebox mold, giving you a unique style that supports your brand and separates you from the competition. Once your customers try a Totally Tommy Express Tunnel, other auto washes just don't compare!

  • Break the Mold

    Just because boxy automatic car washes are everywhere doesn't mean they are well-loved. Outclass and outcompete those mini car washes of the past with our signature system and style.

  • Simple and Functional

    Our designs may be unique, but that doesn't mean they're complicated or difficult to maintain. We've worked hard to use standard components wherever possible to reduce the complexity of our design and lower maintenance and upkeep costs.

  • A Bold, Modern Look

    Shoebox washes don't capture people's attention or respect. Our buildings are bright, colorful, and command attention, driving increases in your wash's capture rate and customer loyalty.

Automatic Car Wash Equipment

Dry Backroom

In every car wash there are electronics and other equipment that can't handle the high-moisture content of the rest of the wash. Our dry backroom securely consolidates this electrical gear and equipment in one close, in-house location.

  • Car Wash Dry Backroom

    Main Floor

    The lower level of the dry backroom stores electrical services, pump station equipment, and the reverse osmosis unit as well as daily cleaning supplies and parts shelves.

  • Car Wash Systems


    The mezzanine level holds the reverse osmosis water tanks, air compressor, and optional hot water heater, all easily accessible via a low profile ladder and railing.

  • Car Wash Advertising

    Advertising and Branding

    The expansive surface area on the towers and dry backroom walls allow for larger branding and advertising space so that you don't need to rely solely on roadside signage to attract customers.

Car Wash Entrance and Exit Design

Entrance & Exit

The starburst pattern featured on both the entrance and exit lend a showroom-shine effect to the car wash and its result. The circular theme persists throughout the facility from the arches to the vacuum stations.

  • Dual Conveyor For Tunnel Car Wash

    No Correlators Needed

    The Tommy Transporter is a tremendous improvement over old-fashioned roller systems. We never scratch a wheel or intimidate a customer by jolting them around as they line up. Loading is as simple and low-stress as pulling into an average-sized garage and shifting in neutral.

  • Carwash Loading Module

    Self Loading

    A Tommy facility saves operators an average of $62,000 per year thanks to automated loading. The process is so natural that customers quickly self-train and rarely require assistance, in large part thanks to our bright, all weather instruction screens.

  • Electronic Car Wash Loading Module

    On-Screen Assistance

    Self-loading systems require clear, responsive instruction in order to reduce error and guide the driver into the tunnel safely and efficiently. Our entrance module provides clear and specific wording to do just that, focusing the customer's attention in one place as they load.

Site Layout

Site layout is a breeze with Tommy Car Wash Systems! We have eight distinct layout options to suit different lots with respect to orientation and flow of traffic, so your wash looks good and functions smoothly whether you are on a busy corner or mid-block lot. Our designers are able to provide a full 3D model of the facility as it will appear on your particular site for you to share with investors and contractors as part of the construction and planning processs.

Quality Car Wash, Holland MI

Site Layouts

Every car wash site is different and changing designs to fit different roads, highways, intersections, and lot orientations can make car wash design costly and time consuming. But not with Tommy Car Wash Systems! We've spent time planning out the optimal drive and building layout for every common street and corner placement and we've made sure that our design looks fantastic and welcoming from every angle.

Xpress Car Wash, Shreveport LA

An All-Sides Design

If we wanted our design to go worldwide, in all kinds of lots, climates, colors, and cultures, we needed a design that would look good from every side. With the Totally Tommy site lineup we have designs that look great just about everywhere, no matter which direction the customer is coming in from.

  • Car Wash Main Tower

    Good Side

    Customers often see this angle, which we call "the good side," as they enter from a secondary service drive in the back of the wash, or if the facility is built with frontage along a highway.

  • Car Wash Entrance Design

    Other Good Side

    This side we refer to as "the other good side". Customers view it from the road at certain intersection layouts or along highways where an entrance is again located along a service drive.

  • Car Wash Storage Tower

    Really Good Side

    Customers approaching the facility from a standard direct entrance will see this dramatic view of the wash exit, with special attention drawn to the storage tower above.

  • Car Wash Exit Design

    Best Side

    This is the view of any customer on approach to the point of sale area. The towers stand at different heights with different footprints, creating a unique and stunning visual field across all four corners and helping direct visitors to the pay lanes located below the highest architectural point.

Loading and Point of Sale For Car Wash

Point of Sale Visibility

A great car wash needs a highly visible, intuitive point of sale and loading area that customers can approach without confusion or hesitation, and our designs make it happen.

  • Carwash Paylanes

    Visible Pay Lanes

    Our standard three-lane setup divides traffic to keep customers moving and the points of sale are well-marked by signage, the main tower, and custom canopies.

  • Car Wash Loading Turn

    Customer Stacking

    The loading turn naturally buffers customers after the payment process, comfortably spacing vehicles as they enter the conveyor during peak hours, no supervision needed.

  • Construction Plans For Car Wash

    Entrance & Exit Slopes

    The Down In, Down Out principle developed by Tommy Car Wash Systems incorporates precisely graded slopes to ease motorists into position during loading and unloading.

  • Entrance & Exit Signage

    Left In, Right Out

    Consumers are used to drive-throughs that feature left hand turns, so we centered our design between a comfortable right side entrance lane and left side vacuum area.

High Performance Car Wash Site Plan

Curb Appeal

There is an extreme WOW factor that comes with our tunnel's look and scale, and that wow factor translates into a significantly improved capture rate and better ROI.

  • Elevation

    We believe that it is always best to build at least (and not more than) 12 inches higher than street level to elevate the property's visibility and improve drainage during heavy rains.

  • Flow of Traffic

    Traffic flows smoothly in the right and out the left, just as with all major fast food restaurants, banks, and other drive-up services. This simplifies navigation for your customers and prevents bottlenecks.

  • Berms & Beams

    We create berms in the landscape to lend a sense of height and depth to the facility, resulting in a warmer and more complex feel for customers navigating through the wash.

A Better Car Wash Design

Investment Overview

We have hundreds of washes under our belts, so let our 45 years of experience be your guide as we build your Totally Tommy Express together!

Here are a few things to expect:

  • Est. Cost (Excluding Land)

    $3.5 - $4.1 Million

  • Tunnel Length

    130 ft (Ideal)

  • Number of Employees

    2 - 4

  • Cars Per Hour

    1 Car Per Belt Foot
    (I.E. 140' = 140 CPH)

  • How Long Before Growth

    1-3 Years

  • Weather and Location

    Car Counts Fluctuate with Seasons and Weather

  • Build Time

    5-9 Months

  • Approx. Building Dimensions

    135' x 40'

  • Stainless Steel Lifespan

    30+ Years

  • Detergent Supply

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  • Vacuum Stations

    Order HERE