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Lou Pai
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Owning a car wash business
Curious if anyone on here has any experience of owning a car wash or knows anyone that does. Have no imminent plans of doing so whatsoever, just curious what the pros and cons are.


The Spleen
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Member since Dec 2010
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re: Owning a car wash business
I dated a girl whose dad owned one of those self serve coin-op ones. Biggest pro is it is a straight cash business. This was 20+ years ago and I notice they all take credit cards now though so that no longer applies. Biggest con was the constant damage to the equipment, both intentionally by people and just normal wear and tear.




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Big Floppy TDs
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re: Owning a car wash business
How much money are you trying to launder?


sneakytiger
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Member since Oct 2007
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re: Owning a car wash business
Your sig pic is ridiculous

Are you taking about self wash or full service?


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PhiTiger1764
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re: Owning a car wash business
In high school I had a buddy whose Dad quit his day job and bought one. His Mom quit her accounting job to run the day to day. Quiet family but they seemed to have their share of problems. It seemed like they were doing well. They drove nice new cars all of the sudden. Then I get a call from my buddy one day and he wants to meet up for breakfast. He tells me it’s not all sunshine like it ss seems. Shortly after my buddy’s Mom leaves his Dad. Sad story.



























Meth.
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yellowfin
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re: Owning a car wash business
There's one for sale in Lafayette


jimbeam
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re: Owning a car wash business
Where baw? Th one at camellia and Johnston is always packed.


KillTheGophers
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Member since Jan 2016
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re: Owning a car wash business
The new ones will cost about $1 million all in....land, wash, construction, etc.

If you manage it properly, they are cash cows.


GoldenBoy
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yellowfin
Chicago Cubs Fan
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re: Owning a car wash business
No it's one that's been around forever


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Lou Pai
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Member since Dec 2014
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re: Owning a car wash business
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If you manage it properly, they are cash cows.



This is what I like about it... that, and the potential for minimizing labor. Something that will always be around as well, unless you think ridesharing places use their own facilities.
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Chad504boy
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re: Owning a car wash business
Well north of a mill for a new legit wash


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Twenty 49
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Member since Jun 2014
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re: Owning a car wash business
I know a guy who had one of the old pay and spray car washes back in the 90s. He would tell you all day what a PITA it was to own, keep repaired, etc. He regretted the hell out of getting into it.

That said, they are building one of the drive thru models on every corner in town these days, so they must have figured out how to make those work. The biggest downside to the new ones is they have employees who have to be hired, managed, fired, etc.

Personally, I like the ones where you hand over the car and let them run it through the wash, then hand dry it and clean the interior glass, dash, etc. But owning one of those, with 20 workers, has to be a full time commitment unless you have a great manager you trust,


Globetrotter747
Member since Sep 2017
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re: Owning a car wash business
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How much money are you trying to launder?


Enough to leave his family a second hand Subaru.


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achenator
Member since Oct 2014
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re: Owning a car wash business
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Personally, I like the ones where you hand over the car and let them run it through the wash, then hand dry it and clean the interior glass, dash, etc. But owning one of those, with 20 workers, has to be a full time commitment unless you have a great manager you trust,

I can only imagine how much 2 weeks of rain would suck if you owned one of these places. Just sitting there burning money.


castorinho
Oklahoma Fan
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Member since Nov 2010
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re: Owning a car wash business
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I can only imagine how much 2 weeks of rain would suck if you owned one of these places. Just sitting there burning money.
well cars need to be washed after rains....


jchamil
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re: Owning a car wash business
I used to do a lot of legal work (maybe 25-30% of my time right out of law school was billed to them) for some guys who owned several car washes around Memphis and the surrounding areas in North MS and Arkansas. They are drive through car washes and they have free vacuum cleaners for after the wash. These guys make a ton of money, in fact seeing how much money they made is one of the things that got me out of law firm life as soon as I realized how much money can be made outside of the corporate world


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crazyLSUstudent
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re: Owning a car wash business
That is Livingston parish for you


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achenator
Member since Oct 2014
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re: Owning a car wash business
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well cars need to be washed after rains....


then it comes to how long people are willing to wait in line. I've tried to go to Blue harbor in Mandeville before on a pretty day, saw the line and went home and washed it myself lol.


robertLSU
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Florida
Member since Jan 2013
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re: Owning a car wash business
ya but if people are leaving because the lines are long I'd say you're doing pretty well lol


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