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  • Cassie Farley

Pros and Cons of Owning a Car Wash

Updated: Mar 18, 2019


  • High Demand. The number of cars on the road continue to increase. Across the U.S., motor vehicle registrations are expected to increase 1.3 percent annually through 2018, according to the SBA.

  • Success does not rely on health of the economy. Owners report the success of their wash is not necessarily dependent on the health of the economy. Weather is more of a factor.

  • Lower SBA loan failure rates. According to the Small Business Administration, SBA loan failure rates for the car wash industry is 22% lower than general business.

  • Cash Buisness. Immediate payment. Enough said.

  • Less of a time commitment. While it is a common misconception that you can buy a car wash and let it run itself, if you keep up with a maintenance schedule and hire a competent manager this business does not have to take up all of your time.

  • Competition is local. Customers have limited options. You only have to differentiate your wash from the few operations within a few miles.

  • Limited Corporate Competition. The car wash industry is not controlled by large corporate chains. 90% of car washes are owned by small business.


  • Seasonal Business. The car wash business is seasonal and weather dependent. A bad winter could put you in the red.

  • Employees. A full service wash could require hourly employees. In this economy, finding reliable help can be difficult.


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