If you’re an entrepreneur looking for a worthwhile investment, then building a heavy-duty car wash could be exactly what you need. While a typical car wash can still be a great investment, if you opt for a heavy-duty one designed to accommodate semi-trucks, trailers, RVs, and buses, you’ll get a far better return on your investment. An automatic or self-service car wash that caters to heavier vehicles makes a profitable niche investment, especially in Alberta, where the haulage and industrial sector make up a substantial portion of the economy.
With so much to consider, starting your own business from the ground up can be a little overwhelming at first. So, let’s continue our little guide on how you can build your own car wash business; this time, let’s focus on a cleaning facility built for heavier vehicles.
Research is the Key
In any new business, research is a crucial part of the brainstorming process. This way, you can determine the feasibility of your potential truck business. A SWOT analysis is a great starting point where you consider all the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats that you may be facing.
Looking up the pros and cons of operating under a franchise or operating independently is one key aspect that you should also consider. Since truck washes are more of a niche industry, the franchise options may be slightly limited than a regular car wash business. However, if you happen to find a good franchising option, then that could also be a good advantage since you can invest in an already established business model.
Choosing a Location
A heavy-duty car wash requires a bigger patch of land since you’ll be dealing with significantly bigger vehicle types. At the very least, you’ll need two acres of land that could accommodate all the site utilities. When looking for a location, consider the population, competition, traffic counts, zoning, and access to your potential site. Studying customer segments, buying patterns, and doing a market analysis to explore your competition also helps a lot.
When choosing a location, it’s best to include your builder early on since you can get some pretty good insights about the potential advantages and disadvantages of a particular place. You can easily avoid choosing a poor location that may cost more than you anticipated to build on.
Finding the Equipment You Need
Getting a franchise makes looking for equipment a lot easier since the franchisor can easily provide or recommend the best equipment for your truck wash. However, if you’re going the independent route, you need to do a bit more research when choosing car wash equipment and finding a reliable car wash supplier. Whatever equipment you choose will affect not only your costs but also the quality of your service.
Building your own car wash is probably one of the best decisions you could ever make. It may seem like a niche industry, but with all the heavy trucks, RVs, mining equipment in Alberta, you can cater to all the needs of those customers. To make things easier, partner with car wash builders with an excellent track record of building and maintaining similar businesses for many years.
Complete Car Wash Solutions promises quality and precision in every car wash facility that we build. With over 40 years of experience in the industry, our team has been delivering world-class car wash solutions to our clients across the industry. If you’re looking for highly skilled and dependable car wash builders, CCW Solutions is here to help. Contact us today to get started!