Pros and Cons of Owning a Car Wash

Thinking about owning your own business? Then opening a car wash may be the perfect option for you! Every business has its pros and cons and the car wash business is no exception. Keep reading below as we discuss the pros and cons so you can decide for yourself if this business is for you.

Pros of owning a car wash

There are plenty of pros to owning a car wash. Below are our top 3:


The best of all! Everyone wants their business to be profitable and car wash businesses have the opportunity to turn into incredible investments. This can be especially true with very little competition in town, but anyone can be successful in this business with hard work and determination.


Starting a business allows you the opportunity to be completely in control of how things are done. While it’s always a good idea to take advice when it’s given and to ask for it when it’s needed, owning a car wash will allow you to decide how everything runs and how the business is portrayed to the public.


There’s nothing better than being able to set your own work schedule. Want to take the weekends off? You can do that when owning a car wash because you decide how the schedule works. Keep in mind that you’ll need to invest a lot of time on the front end to get the business running, but once everything is profitable, you can do whatever you’d like.

Cons of owning a car wash

With all of the pros come a few minor cons. Below are two of the most common that pop up when running a car wash business:


Typically, the car wash business relies on good weather to be profitable. So when it’s raining or snowing outside, your business is going to take a hit in sales because people don’t want to wash their car in bad weather. But this brings a caveat- all storms end and when they do, the business will come back with a boom because people will want their cars cleaned from all the dirt and/or salt on the road.


Something to also consider is when the car wash machinery breaks down. Unfortunately, it does happen so preparing ahead of time with a list of contacts to reach out to will limit the amount of time your business is down. To counteract this, you can always invest in more than one car wash but be aware of this nonetheless because it will eventually happen.

Get Started

The pros definitely outweigh the cons if you ask us! If you’re ready to get started and take the plunge into opening a car wash, then you’re going to need a car wash building.

At New Horizons Car Wash, we specialize in creating custom car wash buildings for your business. Our team of architects, contractors and builders are all exceptional professionals and your business’ success is our first priority.

Give us a call today, let’s get your car wash business up and running!

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