[Business Idea]: Starting a Shoplot Car Wash Business in Malaysia

  • 3 Reasons Why Car Wash Business is Attractive
  • Estimated Car Wash Revenue
  • What are the Car Wash Set Up Costs?
  • What are the Car Wash Monthly Running Cost?
  • Should you Buy an established car wash instead?
  • Car Wash Business Risks

Car Wash Business Key Observations

3 Reasons Why Car Wash Business is Attractive

Estimated Car Was Revenue

What are the Car Wash Set Up Costs?

Shop lot car wash business set up cost

Shoplot Rental

  • Must be ground floor, can be an intermediate unit.
  • Cheap rent, below RM 3,000 a month. The lower, the better.
  • Location near housing areas (i.e. Kajang, Bangi, Semenyih, Shah Alam).
  • Nearby car showrooms.
  • Nearby used car lots.
  • Nearby banks.
  • Nearby tint shops.

Equipment Needed for Car Wash Business

Up Front Equipment Costs

Avoid Cheap Online Starter Kits

Industrial Grade Wet & Dry Vacuum

  • Reputable, international brands:
  • Must be wet & dry capable
  • Tank capacity around 15 L
  • Lightweight (less than 5kg) as you’ll be moving the vacuum around
Karcher or Black & Decker

Air Compressor

  • Blowing dust out of cracks and crevices.
  • Blow drying hard to reach places.

Water Pump

  • Electrically operated (engine power might be unnecessary).
  • A min of 3hp or 40 bar pressure.
  • Costs around RM 1,000.
EuroX Water Pump

Water Tank

200 Gallon water tank

Cement Ramp

Carpet Cleaner

Karcher Puzzi 8/1 C

What are the Car Wash Monthly Running Costs

Estimated Car Wash Monthly Cost

Staff

Cleaning Detergent (Soap & Shampoo)

Bulk car wash soap

Should You Buy an Established Car Wash Instead?

  • The best-case scenario is if the last owner genuinely wants to sell the business because he/she needs the money to do something else.
  • Which makes me wonder if the business is profitable, why would they want to sell it?
  • You could be inheriting a nightmare.

Car Wash Business Risks & Solutions

Key TakeAway

  1. Setup 1 shop and refine your working SOP.
  2. Achieve ROI as soon as possible, then save up 6 months of business running costs. According to my estimate earlier, this could take up to a year.
  3. With additional profit beyond the ROI & savings in step #2, consider opening up another branch or franchising it.
  4. Profit $$$

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Helmi

Hi, I’m Helmi Hasan. I create relatable content around personal finance & earning online.