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Old 04-09-2015, 02:29 AM   #1
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So I've been considering buying a carwash for many years now but have always been intrigued with the mobile wash/detailing. While the deterrent of having to travel to the client is substantial, the initial capital is much smaller. Carwash site is estimated between $1-3.5 million while mobile operations are estimated between $20-50,000...comparatively I could have 50-70 mobile operations. ROI seems to be greater on a mobile operation as well. My questions to everyone here are:


-what are your thoughts on mobile carwashes/detailing?

-what do you like to see in a carwash/mobile operation?

-is the convenience of a mobile wash worth a 5-10% premium?


I've paid for several mobile carwashes through different companies in different states, but most are unprofessional and look like a guy just decided to buy a power washer, soap, and towels and start washing cars...I would operate the complete opposite. New vans, professional employees, top products, huge importance on quality control etc. Thanks in advance for any input!
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Old 04-09-2015, 09:35 AM   #2
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A buddy of mine used to have a detailing company, if you can start getting on to car lots and washing all their cars you can make a tonne of money. I don't think I would personally pay extra to have someone come and wash my car, unless it was a hot girl that did it in a bikini/naked
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I'm with drhoward. Specialize. Hot women in bikini's is the only way to go. You'll earn far more. You'll stand out, and make lil Mishri stand up.
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And the auditions for detailers would be scrumtedelicious.
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I would be willing to volunteer my time to help with the "job interviews"
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Haha well that's one avenue I could take...would definitely set me apart.
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Mobile detail business in my opinion. Not only can you go where the work is, you have low overhead. Brick and mortar business' cost the same even if you have a slow month. A mobile business costs you less in a slow month. IE: It only costs you money if you are driving to a job. Yes, your truck payment and insurance are reoccurring, but that's a lot less than a building lease, employees standing around and machinery maintenance.
You're better off with multiple mobile rigs.
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Mobile detail business in my opinion. Not only can you go where the work is, you have low overhead. Brick and mortar business' cost the same even if you have a slow month. A mobile business costs you less in a slow month. IE: It only costs you money if you are driving to a job. Yes, your truck payment and insurance are reoccurring, but that's a lot less than a building lease, employees standing around and machinery maintenance. You're better off with multiple mobile rigs.
Exactly. I'm thinking 3-5 mobile units to start and test the market. Allows for organic growth as well.
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