A number of factors have to be considered before starting your own car wash business, especially the type of car wash itself. There are different types of car wash services such as hand wash, mobile, self-service, automatic or a combination. Each option needs be carefully researched and priced which will determine which one will be viable, profitable and will give you a good return on investment. Hand wash and mobile car washes only require a minimal upfront investment, although one needs to consider ongoing labour costs.
Automatic and self-service car washes are less labour intensive, although the real estate and upfront machinery cost can be high. To determine the viability, conduct a local market research in your area which will help you decide what type of service to offer. Also check out the competition, weather conditions and other such factors that may hinder the business. Request information, specifications and pricing from car wash equipment suppliers, which will also inform you on what type of equipment is needed to start up a new car wash business.
The Business Plan and Licenses
Once you have decided what type of car wash you want then you need to create a business plan based on the equipment choices and market research and should include all aspects of the business. A business plan is required when you apply for finance. You also need to decide what type of business structure you want, for example you may want to operate as a corporation, a Pty Limited, sole proprietor or partnership.
You will then need to find a suitable business premises that will provide the necessary space for your car wash. Once you have established a working site you need to obtain all the required business permits, tax registration certificate, zoning vacancies, and if hiring employees you require an employer ID number from the Receiver of Revenue. Business liability insurance is also a necessary requirement for your business.
Types of Equipment Required when Starting your Own Car Wash Business
Automatic car wash equipment includes a water car wash system, vacuum detailing stations, pump stations, car wash accessories, air car wash systems and a reverse osmosis system. For a self-service car wash you need to purchase dependable vacuum equipment, vacuum adaptors and hoses as well as toggle switch vacuums. You should offer car products such as spot remover, shampoo and fragrances that will enhance your customer services.
Water car wash systems require wall and ceiling booms to be installed which are available in various designs and sizes. You will also require a straight or bent brush and wands in the wash bay and air system accessories which will improve your income. Add a reverse osmosis system for a spot free rinse and tire cleaners to clean wheels. For a safer and contaminant free work environment vinyl wall curtains are an ideal option.
The Importance of Marketing your Car Wash Business
From the moment you decided to open a car wash business to the day you wash your first car will take approximately eighteen months or more, in which time you should already be setting up marketing campaigns. Make sure the marketing is included in your budget during the first year especially. Marketing is one of the most important and overlooked aspects when launching a car wash business and involve a combination of legwork and marketing techniques.
Successful marketing will help you break even far quicker whereby you will be able to see returns on your investment far sooner. A website and online marketing through social media campaigns, AdWords and SEO are probably the most efficient along with print media and leaflets. The more focus and skill in apply when marketing, the bigger your returns will be.
We hope that all the aforementioned tips will help you in your effort to start your own car wash business. Should you require more information about the products you may need, please feel free to call upon our team at ITS Africa today.