Thank you for your interest in Carolina Pride CarWash, Inc. We are very proud that you have
contacted us regarding the equipment which we manufacture, or the other fine products and
services we represent. Our company has been in the carwash industry as suppliers and
operators for over forty years. We have helped hundreds of people over the years fulfill
their goals as profitable carwash operators or investors. We look forward to assisting
you with the many different aspects of your project; from the site analysis, design,
and construction, through installation, marketing, and service.
The most important ingredient in the success of a self-service carwash is the equipment.
Buying the best equipment available will help insure your investment and the profitability
of your wash. We use industrial grade components for ultimate quality and reliability.
Return on Investment
Profit and/or Return on Investment are the main reason you are considering investing
in the carwash business in the first place. The average yearly expense of operating a
self-service carwash is approximately 40% of the gross revenue. This leaves about
60% of the gross revenue for Return on Investment, excluding any debt service or
leases that may be involved with the facility.
There are many different variables to consider in your building design, such as the number
of bays and whether or not you incorporate an automatic wash into the facility. The most
important factors to consider are traffic flow and maneuverability, in that your customers
should be able to easily access all the services you offer without any obstruction or hin-
drance to other customers.
We recommend the use of brick construction rather than block
or steel for ease of maintenance. The majority of new washes use an aluminum beam
roof structure with painted aluminum decking for reduced maintenance. The average
construction cost per self-service bay is around thirty-five thousand dollars, and can go to
around fifty thousand dollars, depending on the desired architectural design. Automatic bays
start at around ninety thousand dollars building cost.
The more successful washes usually
have a more esthetically inviting design and promote a modern image of cleanliness and
functionality. Lighting of the facility is very important. Bright lights convey a sense
of security to the public and say that you are always open for business.
Location, Location, Location
Operators and sales people will agree that location is very important in the success of a
carwash, or many other businesses as well. An investor should take considerable time to
study the market area in which they are looking to build, and compare the various
benefits and expenses associated with each prospective site.
Here are a few factors to consider:
Market area, Cost of land, zoning, water, and sewer service to the property, and building
setback requirements that may consume too much area and not allow the facility to
be as large as originally planned.