Starting a car wash business in Nigeria will always be a profitable business since there are two seasons in Nigeria that favour this business (The Dry and rainy season)
During the dry season, due to too much dust on the road, people tend to wash their cars often thereby favouring the car wash business owners .
During the Rainy season ,people also even tend to wash their cars more often because of the bad road in Nigeria.
Types of Car Wash in Nigeria
There are Three types of car wash business in Nigeria.
Full Service Car Wash:
This one is commonly seen in Nigeria where the exterior of the car is washed in addition to having the interior expertly vacuumed
Exterior Conveyor Car Wash
In this type of car wash, the owner will have to stay in his or her Automobile while the car is pulled along an Automated conveyor as its exterior is being washed.
Self Service Car Wash
This is when the owner of a car visits a car wash business center to do the washing by him or herself (the amount paid here is less)
Cost of Starting a car wash business in Nigeria
Starting the business in a small scale will require less amount of money, lets say N200,000-N500,000 while a large scale of the business will require millions of naira due to how expensive the equipment are.
Important Factors to Consider Before Starting a Car Wash Business in Nigeria
But before you start up this business in Nigeria you must consider the below :
The location of your car wash business is very important as it determines how successful your business will be, you can ask your self these questions
- How many cars pass through here in a day?
- Are people in this location willing to pay for a car wash service?
- What is the condition of the road in your location?
- Write the questions down and see if you can answer
Know your competitors and their prices:
It is very essential that you must visit a car wash business center and ask them some questions like:
- How much do they charge per car?
- What type of equipment do they make use of?
- How do they attract customers to their arena?
- Then you can secretly ask their customer why he or she prefers the car wash business center.
If you can get the answers to these questions, then you are making a move to the business.
Availability of funds to purchase the equipments needed for it.
Remember you have to determine the type of car wash business you want to set up before buying the equipment needed which are:
- Well or bore hole
- Overhead tanks for storing water in scarcity.
- Generator to power the equipment and lighting.
- Washing system ( eg pressure washer,conveyor, self service equipment, mobile wash systems)
- Chemicals (like cleaning solutions, wax, sport free rinses, presoaks) etc
- Water systems
The above can all cost $2000 when you buy the cheapest version of them but can also cost $5000 or even more when you buy the standard version of them.
Setting up your Car Wash Business.
When the above needed information and equipment have been gotten , then the next thing is to set up your car wash business. you can run a free service or invite family and friends or hold an event near your business center to create an awareness.
Marketing or promotion of your Car Wash Business:
Promotion of the business is very essential since it helps you reach your target customers, you can run your promotion via Radio stations, Television stations, News paper or magazines, or online promotion which include Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter or through other means of promotion.
Ease of Hiring Workers or Helpers:
Car wash business in Nigeria is not a one man business as it requires the assistance of one or two people. make sure that your workers are customer friendly, punctual ,respectful,skillful and can communicate well with the customers.
Registration of your car wash business:
Getting the required licence for your business is one way of insuring its future existence. You need the following to get licence:
- Federal tax identification number
- Sales tax licence
- Income tax withholding
- Unemployment insurance tax.
When you are done, Please dont forget to keep track of your renewal dates and make a copy for your business records, you must also need to display this licence in your car wash business center for customers to see.