A car wash project is a business that provides cleaning and maintenance services for vehicles. It is an industry that is a vital part of the transportation sector and plays an important role in keeping vehicles in top condition.

The demand for car wash services is increasing with the increase in the number of vehicles on the roads, and a growing desire of their owners to keep their vehicles clean while obtaining good maintenance.

The success of a car wash business depends on several factors including effective marketing, good service and customer satisfaction. In general, this kind of business presents a number of potentially lucrative opportunities to its owner, which makes it an attractive option for project owners and investors. With good planning, proper investment and execution, a car wash business can be a profitable and rewarding venture.

We know that this process can be confusing, and you will have questions on this type of business, such as: How do I open a car wash? Is the project right for me? How much is a monthly car wash income? What are the profits of a car wash? 

What should be done first? Is it finding a suitable site? Or securing the necessary financing? Or an assessment of the labor market? And when should I start marketing? How long does this process take?

Because this is one article that cannot possibly cover everything you need to know to start a car wash project, we will guide you to the most important steps of starting your own business, to learn what are the requirements for this project.

Requirements to Start a Car Wash

Starting a car wash business requires careful planning and preparation. Here are some considerations and requirements for this type of business:

  1. Develop a business plan. A comprehensive business plan is essential to ensure the success of your venture: this plan should include a market analysis, marketing strategy, financial projections, and an overview of your target market. You must also define your goals plus the strategies and the resources needed to achieve them. So be sure to do thorough research, and hire experts in this field to make sure your business plan is realistic and achievable.
  2. Choose the appropriate site. Choosing the right site for a project is critical to its success. Consider factors such as site accessibility, traffic levels, site visibility, and available parking when choosing a site. The location should also be in an area with a large customer base, such as a busy commercial area or near a highway.
  3. Choose an appropriate business model. The forms of car wash projects vary, such as:
  • Self-service: In this model, car owners pay a small fee to clean the car themselves. A manual car wash provides access to cleaning equipment, such as high-pressure water hoses, cleaning fluids, sponges, and even towels.
  • Automated car wash: in which vehicles are towed through by a conveyor belt, and automatic equipment takes care of the cleaning work.
  • Full-service car wash: These locations provide both exterior and interior cleaning services. The service may be automated or a combination of automated external cleaning and self-service internal cleaning and valeting. Extras such as car maintenance or oil changes may also be provided.

Note: There are some other options, such as a mobile car wash project, a dry car wash, and so on…

  1. Selection of equipment and supplies. Investing in quality equipment is essential to providing efficient and effective car wash services. This includes washing areas, water pumping and suction systems, cleaning supplies and maintenance tools. It is important to work with trusted suppliers and manufacturers to ensure that your equipment and supplies meet your needs and are of high quality.
  2. Marketing and advertising. Developing a marketing and advertising strategy is important to attracting and retaining customers. This includes promoting your services, having a strong online presence, and building a positive brand image. Consider using a variety of marketing channels, such as social media and email marketing, to reach your target market.
  3. Legal and regulatory compliance. The car wash industry is regulated by local laws. Therefore, it is important to obtain the necessary licenses and permits, and to comply with environmental health and safety regulations. This may include getting permits for waste disposal, and ensuring that you comply with environmental regulations. Use the services of a lawyer or legal expert in this field to ensure that you fully comply with all relevant regulations and legislation.
  4. Recruitment. Hiring and training reliable, professional staff is essential to providing high quality services and maintaining a safe and efficient work environment. Consider the skills, experience, and qualifications of your employees, and provide them with training and support to ensure they can provide first-class customer service.
  5. Provide an excellent customer experience. Customer experience is a critical factor in the success of any business or project. This includes creating a welcoming atmosphere, providing efficient services, and offering convenient payment options. Consider investing in customer-friendly technologies such as automated payment systems or mobile app integrations, and collect customer feedback regularly. Incorporate feedback into your operations to continuously improve the customer experience.
  6. Selection of maintenance systems. Regular maintenance is essential to ensure the longevity and efficiency of your equipment and facilities. This includes routine cleaning, checks and repairs to keep your equipment in good working order. It is also important to provide a safe and attractive environment for customers, which can be achieved with regular cleaning and maintenance of the facilities.
  7. Business insurance. Obtaining comprehensive insurance is important to protect your business from potential setbacks and accidents. This may include accident insurance, property damage insurance, and insurance against theft or loss of equipment. Make sure to use a reputable insurance company to ensure that you have adequate coverage for your specific needs.
  8. Obtaining the necessary financing. Securing the necessary financing for your car wash business is crucial to its success. This could be an investment, a loan, or both. Consider your options carefully, and seek advice to ensure you get the best financing for your needs. Make sure you have a realistic budget and enough financing to cover all start-up costs and running expenses.

How does Al-Raedah support new projects through its financing solutions?

Since its establishment in 2016, with a license from the Central Bank of Saudi Arabia (No. 43 / ASH / 201602), Al-Raedah has become the main financing company for small and medium-sized enterprises in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to contribute since that time to serving the local economy by enabling its owners to grow and achieve their commercial aspirations, by providing solutions Adequate financial and compatible with the controls of Islamic Sharia.

As the owner of a car wash, you can easily choose the financing solution suitable for you among our leading financing programs, all of which include easy payment solutions, ensuring you a comfortable financing experience that includes a wide range of facilities. We offer:

  • Quick speed of obtaining financing within 5 working days.
  • A team trained in effective communication and cooperation with customers.
  • Providing financing solutions licensed by the Sharia Board.
  • Technical financing solutions without complex financial statements.
  • Al Raedah requires fewer documents than any other competitor.
  • Innovative digital financial solutions.
  • A flexible payment mechanism through payment deductions, instead of fixed monthly installments.
  • The possibility of submitting your application to Al Raedah online.

What staff are needed for a car wash business?

The number of workers needed for a car wash business depends on the size and complexity of the business, and on the number of clients you expect to serve. Car washes usually require the following personnel:

  • Project Manager: He is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the car wash, in addition to managing staff and finances.
  • Car wash technicians: They are responsible for washing vehicles. They may also be responsible for operating equipment and keeping the work environment clean and safe.
  • Customer Service Representatives: These are responsible for greeting customers, answering questions, and processing payments. They play an important role in creating a positive customer experience and building customer loyalty.
  • Maintenance personnel: Maintenance personnel are responsible for maintaining equipment and work facilities, including cleaning and repairing cleaning equipment, water pumping and suction systems, and other equipment.

The exact number of staff required will depend on the size of your business. It is important to have enough staff to provide a quality service, while also keeping in mind the labor costs. You may also want to consider employee scheduling to make sure you have enough people working during peak times.

How can Al Raedah help to finance a car wash?

You will not find an easier opiton than Al Raedah to obtain financing with the guarantee of points of sale. If you need financing in record time, you only need to complete the required forms to receive the financing amount within 5 working days. This is helpful in case you have urgent expenses and need to pay them in a specific period. With Al Raedah Finance, there will be no delays.

You do not need to pay the installments monthly; SME financing will be paid off from daily sales. 

Also, because Al-Raedah Company is fully aware of the customers’ needs, it deducts financing fees from the financing amount itself, and does not ask the customer for an amount added to his burdens, just as Al-Raedah deals with you with clarity and transparency and does not deduct any hidden fees.

Wherever you are located in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, you will be able to obtain financing at your points of sale.

The application procedures are so easy that they can be completed through the website online, and there is no need to submit financial statements, but only account statements in order to obtain financing for small enterprises.

Al Raedah allows you to obtain financing that starts from an amount of 50 thousand and reaches 7 and a half million Saudi Riyals within a repayment period between one and three years.

Funding can continue with the growth of your business, which means that Al Raedah Company plays the role of a success partner. The more the project continues to thrive, the financing process can also continue.


It is true that starting a car wash business can be a daunting challenge and requires a significant investment of time and money, as well as a thorough understanding of the market, industry, equipment and processes needed. It is a rewarding project at the same time.

As a business owner, you can save on the start-up costs of this business, and because our goal in Al Raedah Finance is to support small and medium enterprises, we carefully designed technical financing solutions to provide you with the financing you need to start a car wash project in a simple and smooth way, with the least possible requirements and documents. Apply today.