On average a small car wash business that has just started can handle 15 cars per day (weekends are peak days). The average price of cleaning a car is Ksh.200.
In addition you can offer services like carpet cleaning, night parking and restaurant to bolster your margins. Overall, a well run car wash business in Kenya can rake in Ksh.130,000 per month with a net profit margin of 40%.
A car wash business is profitable if you have a good business location. The normal price of washing a car is usually Ksh.200. Buses and Lorries, charges are Ksh.500 and above. Therefore, you can make up to Ksh.5,000 in a day from a car wash if you have many customers.
Charges from a standard Car wash in Nakuru Town
Small car – Ksh.200
Bus - Ksh.500
Lorry - Ksh.500
Motorcycle - Ksh.50
Interior - Ksh.150
Upholstery - Ksh.100
Engine Cleaning - Ksh.250
Carpet Cleaning: small - Ksh.100 , Large - Ksh.150
Car wash business is a safe bet especially for anyone who is in employment (or another business field) looking to explore a new arena. Its risk potential is quite low and there is massive potential for it to grow given the fast rising number of car ownership in Kenya.
However, just as with any other business it requires a great deal of patience, strategy and timely judgment.
Like any other business, a car wash business needs professionalism and offer customers quality services.
Through hard work and persistence, you can grow your car wash business.
Location- A good location will attract more customers and therefore higher revenues. A good location should be near a busy road, supermarket, residential areas and other areas mostly flocked by car owners and drivers.
Car wash Management- The staff should be friendly, outgoing and organized. A well-managed car wash business will result in increased revenues, happy clients and satisfied staff.
Service- Exceptional car wash service will attract new clients, retain current clients and serve as a marketing tool for the business.
Variety service- Where the business offers extra services beyond the normal body wash, the clients are likely to spend more and thus higher revenues. These extra services may include upholstery, engine wash, waxing, etc.
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