Mobile Car Wash Business Facts

Mobile car washes allow for more customer convenience than commercial washes.
Mobile car washes allow for more customer convenience than commercial washes. (Image: Car washing image by Evgeny Berdjansky from

Mobile car washes provide automobile owners with a professional wash without having to leave their driveways. Most mobile car washes can provide the same services as a commercial car wash. Some mobile car washes might charge more money, but the convenience is worth it to many customers.


Mobile car washes have one distinct advantage over a commercial car wash: Customers don’t need to go to the car wash; the car wash will go to them. Customers simply need to call the mobile car wash and make an appointment. Paying a little extra money may be worth it for some customers to have their car washed and detailed in their own garage or driveway.


Different equipment is required for a mobile car wash (you obviously can't transport a wash tunnel). Pressure washers are used to clean the cars instead of brushes, which can serve as a benefit, as some consumers don’t like brushes hitting their cars. Water storage tanks are needed to store the water that will clean the cars (using a customer's water won’t always work if they have hard water, which leaves spots on a car after it has been washed). Other essential pieces of equipment for a mobile car wash include wet/dry Vacuums, detailing and polishing brushes, carpet extractors and cargo ramps.


Mobile car washes aren't able to clean nearly as many cars as a commercial wash; this can be a good thing, however, because demand will always be high if you build a large client list. Expanding to multiple mobile units is the easiest way of washing more cars in one day. Adding mobile units means more employees and equipment, but these added expenses may be worth it as long as the demand for car washing is high.


Clean driving records will be needed by those who drive the mobile units. Most insurance companies won’t insure drivers without a clean driving record to operate the mobile units. Employees will need to be trained on every detail service you offer. This will allow anyone to work on any job. Employees who operate the mobile units should have a good understanding of the geographical area in which you're providing services. Time lost by not finding a job location will mean money lost by the company.

Hours of Operation

Operating hours will need to be flexible. Weekends will produce the highest demand because most people are home during these days. You'll likely see a high demand on weekdays in the early evening, when most people return home from work—there are likely many people who would rather have their cars washed after work instead of having to rush to get it done before work. Families with multiple cars may have the ability to leave one car at home to be washed—those clients may allow you to perform your services during the day on weekdays.

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