Sometimes you come up with an idea that might be impractical but it gets you thinking that with the right location and the right person running it, it may just work!
FAST AND FURIOUS
Do you have a dirty car? What are your choices?
1. You can go fill up with gas and buy a car wash for approximately $5. Time to complete: 10 minutes
2. You can go to full-service car wash. Cost $10-$15. Time required: 15 minutes
3. You can go to a spray booth. Cost: Approximately $4. Time required 10-15 minutes.
4. You can wash it at home with a bucket and brush. Cost $0 Time rquires: 30 minutes.
Option # 5 ; Go to Fast & Furious
Fast and Furious is a car wash set up in a location that has a water source, electrical supply and good drainage. There are four people that each have their own power washer. When you drive up to them, you drop two bucks in the basket. There is a large one-minute clock on display. The four washers then go fast and furious at washing your car with their sprayers. They only have 60 seconds to wash your car the best they can, then you must move on so the next car can advance. When it is busy, they will push through 60 cars in an hour. That equals $120 per hour if they can maintain a steady line-up. The wash you will receive will be adequate if you just need a quick rinse and the time required would be less than two minutes in total.
The car wash would only be open when washes are busy. You have to maintain at least 30 cars an hour to make it profitable. You might be able to get away with only three washers and if you wash the cars yourself, that will obviously increase your net take-home pay.
You would need to make arrangements for appropriate space from an accessible location. You might convince them to let you have it for free if you can sell them on the idea that this will bring more people on to their property and maybe into their store. You might even work a cross promotion to help each other. Buy over $20 worth of groceries and get a free car wash outside. Or get a car wash and get a $2.00 off coupon to spend inside.
You will have the cost of water and electricity to look after. Depending where in North America that you live, this cost could vary greatly.
The biggest selling feature for your customers would be that it only costs you $2 and you are in and out in one minute. If you can do a decent job in that amount of time with four wash wands, the word will spread and you will have a regular client base. Do I hear franchise? Bikinis?!?!
Still sounds like a fun idea. Give it a try.
Coming up next week: A safer way to commute!