One of the important aspects that you should look into is the truck wash system. It will determine the amount of budget you are going to invest including the structure that you are going to put up if there is a need for you to. Here are other things you need to consider.
Manual or Automatic
Truck washing systems are categorized into two; manual and automatic. Manual means you would have to employ workers who will do the actual washing of trucks for your customers. This could mean additional costs for labor. However, if you are just starting out with limited space and you are working on a budget, manual truck washing system is a good and practical option. On the other hand, an automatic truck wash system means reducing manpower as most of the truck washing is done automatically. You just have to invest on a truck washing equipment and your business can start rolling.
There are different types of automatic truck wash systems. There is single brush truck washer which does not require a wash bay as it is mobile. It also does not require electrical and plumbing installations. It can clean an entire truck for 10 minutes with price range of $10,000 to $45,000 for the washing equipment. A more intricate or modern type of truck washing equipment can cost around $80,000 to $150,000. This is called roll-over truck wash. It requires wash bay and uses gantry with three brushes to perform the job. The price of the equipment could vary depending on the specifications of the washing equipment. For drive-through truck wash system, the budgetary requirement could reach up to $400,000 depending if there is a need for you to build a wash bay and of course, the equipment is more extensive with this type of truck wash system. The upside of this system is it can wash a truck for 3 more minutes.
To construct a wash bay or not
As mentioned earlier, there are types of truck washing systems that do not require physical washing bays. However, if you would start your business from scratch and you have the financial resources for it including an ample space for the wash bay and truck parking, then building of structures would be indispensable.
Type of trucks to wash
The type of trucks you intend to wash is also an important consideration in choosing a truck wash system. If you intend to wash an entire truck, then you would have to purchase equipment that can deliver such purpose. However, if you just intend to wash the chassis or the wheels or other specific arts of the truck, then you would have to purchase equipment designed for such purpose.