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Car Wash Business 101: Equipment and Investment Requirements for 2018

A car wash is a nice business to get into if you’re into cars. We’ve already given you some tips on how to start a car wash business. What’s more, we’ve already given you the equipment and investment requirements needed to start a car wash business last 2017. So now, let’s take this further by updating the nitty-gritty and discussing the numbers for 2018.

Edwin Pasahol, Senior Trade and Industry Development Specialist for the Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprise Development (BSMED), gave us a general and estimated rundown of the equipment, costs, price options, and profit you’ll get when you venture into this business.

Boy washing a vehicle at a carwash

INVESTMENT REQUIREMENTS (All prices are in PHP, and based on 2018 market prices)

A. Equipment

  • 1 Pressure washer compact electric 1600 watts, 5.5 liters/minute – PHP7,035.00
  • 1 Vacuum cleaner with blower, 750 watts 6 meter – PHP3,675.00
  • 1 Power sprayer 1/2 horsepower, 26 inch – PHP5,040.00
  • 1 Pressure tank 340 liters – PHP7,455.00
  • 1 2-step ladder – PHP473.00
  • 3 Drums (for storing water) at PHP410 per piece – PHP1,230.00
  • 2 Hose at P352.00 per piece – PHP704.00
  • 3 Pails/buckets at P95.00 per piece – PHP285.00

TOTAL – (P25,897.00) or rounded off: P26,000.00

B. Direct Cost (Materials and Supplies per Month)

  • 3 pcs Chamois at P116.00 per piece – PHP348.00
  • 24 pcs All-purpose rags at P6.00 for 4 pieces – PHP36.00
  • 4 pcs Car sponge (big) at PHP47.00 per piece – PHP188.00

Sub-Total – (PHP572.00) or rounded off: PHP600.00

C. Supplies

  • 60 liters Car shampoo – PHP9,125.00
  • 15 liters Car wax liquid wax hi-gloss finish – PHP7,875.00
  • 15 liters Tire black – PHP7,361.00
  • 450 ml Car polisher/shine (for detailing) scratch remover ultra hi-gloss finish – PHP1,491.00

Sub-Total – (PHP25,852.00) or rounded off: PHP26,000.00

TOTAL – (P26,424) or rounded off: P26,000

D. Indirect Cost

  • Labor cost (PHP368.00/day x 30 days) – PHP11,040.00
  • Electricity – PHP2,321.00
  • Water – PHP935.00
  • Contingency (10% of direct costs) – PHP1,680.00

TOTAL – (P15,976) or rounded off: P 16,000 

 Price List

  • Van   –  PHP126.00
  • Taxi  –   PHP63.00
  • SUV – PHP126.00
  • Sedan-  PHP84.00 – PHP105.00
  • Exterior auto detailing – PHP1,575.00
  • Interior auto detailing – PHP1,050.00- PHP1,575.00

Estimated Sales for a One-Month Operation

  • 17 cars @PHP84.00 x 30 days – PHP42,840.00
  • 3 vans @PHP126.00 x 30 days – PHP11,340.00
  • 10 cars @PHP47.00 x 30 days (only for tire black and vacuuming) – PHP14,100.00
  • 8 cars @PHP578.00 (for detailing) – PHP4,624.00

Sub-total – (PHP72,904.00) or rounded off: PHP73,000.00


  • Direct cost – PHP26,424.00 or rounded off: PHP26,000.00
  • Indirect cost – PHP15,976.00 or rounded  off: PHP16,000.00

Sub-total – PHP42,400.00 or rounded off: PHP42,000

NET INCOME MONTHLY – PHP30,504.00 or rounded off: PHP31,000.00

NET INCOME DAILY (30 days) – PHP1,016.80 or rounded off: PHP1,017.00

Men cleaning a van at a carwash

Remember: This is just an estimated guide that will give you an idea of the equipment, costs, price options, and profit you’ll get when you start out a car wash business. Make sure to use the most current market prices when comparing different pricing options for your services.

The computation does not include monthly rent space and insurance costs (if any). Please do a more extensive research if you seriously plan to get into this venture.


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  1. mallappa
    September 5, 2018 at 10:50 pm — Reply

    i want your company franchise so can you give me all equipment , tranning ,site visiting ,and how i orded your equipment and payment mode plz send me details

  2. agk
    October 16, 2018 at 1:05 pm — Reply


    informative article… just like to ask the following

    – how many labor in your estimate
    – what is the size of the car wash (ilan kasya ng sabay)

    • October 16, 2018 at 8:47 pm — Reply

      It really all depends on your budget so I can’t give any details.

      • Jomar
        October 25, 2018 at 12:06 pm — Reply

        I’m interested and I’m looking forward this business soon..when capital is enough from Cebu City,i want to begin for materials and equipment can you give me atleast one of manufacturer? otherwise can I check the equipment thrue website,for the car wash? thank you mam..sender from Saudi

  3. Jomar
    October 25, 2018 at 12:17 pm — Reply

    I want to know only the equipment , and materials for car wash business
    inside my city Cebu where i get?where I got this all supply for car wash business.please help me to find out,you have name the company for the supply? thanks and waiting for the support..

  4. Joseph Turallo
    October 29, 2018 at 7:59 am — Reply

    Hi Ma’am Cherryl,

    Good morning!

    Firstly, I really appreciate your article ma’am! Straight forward and very helpful sa tulad kong nagpaplanong magstart nitong business na to.

    Question po ma’am on car detailing. Ano po ang requirement ng iha-hire na tao for this service?

    Thank you and God bless po!

    • November 14, 2018 at 3:17 pm — Reply

      Hi Joseph,
      Three things: It’s important to hire someone na marunong mag-mix at mag-create ng cleaning solutions, paints and other chemicals. Second, they should really know how to operate different cleaning equipments PLUS hand tools or power tools for different vehicles. Lastly, dapat they know how to follow safety procedures at all times.

      Try to ask car detailing shops so you can really get a first-hand knowledge about what it takes to set up this kind of business. This is far better. Good luck! 🙂

  5. Leandro Santos
    December 6, 2018 at 10:05 pm — Reply

    I’m interested to this kind of business, to whom can i talk with to know more details, such as where could i get the equipment, materials supply & manpower training. As per the computation you presented the business is good enough to support additional income. I have a sufficient capital to start business as soon as possible. Please reply to my email or contact me through mobile no.: 0933 312 2840

    Thank you very much

  6. Carl
    January 31, 2019 at 7:50 am — Reply

    Hi Cherryl,
    Do you have an estimate cost of the space? It was not mentioned in the article.

    • January 31, 2019 at 6:39 pm — Reply

      Hi Carl,

      I didn’t include the space cost because it varies a lot, depending on the size and location.

      This is just an estimation, but you can fit in around 2 cars plus the equipment for a minimum of around 150-200 sqm. The price range of that size can vary between P5,000 to around P20,000, depending on the location.

      Still, I would suggest you ask an accredited real estate developer to get a more accurate view of the cost.

      Good luck!

  7. February 10, 2019 at 10:10 am — Reply

    Ms Cherry
    Can I ask for the equipment where I can buy those?
    Thanks for the reply

    Phine from Cavite

  8. Junior
    March 4, 2019 at 9:33 am — Reply

    Sa labor cost po ba na 368 ilang carwash boy na yun?kasi kung mag isa lang sya hindi kakayanin yang estimated sales per day.

    • March 7, 2019 at 4:32 pm — Reply

      Hi Junior,
      Pang-isa lang yan–at tama ka, hindi nya kaya yan mag-isa. If hiring another help is too much for you then perhaps you can cut costs by helping out and doing the actual cleaning as well–if okay lang sayo.

  9. Honey Mendoza
    March 19, 2019 at 7:01 am — Reply

    Good day. Plan namin maglagay ng underwash, may regulation or laws ba na dapat sundin para wala kami ma violate? Thank you.

  10. Jun
    April 23, 2019 at 12:06 am — Reply

    Water treatment facility to comply with environmental laws…..

  11. John Kerbie Tud
    June 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm — Reply

    we provide the following:
    -Car shampoo
    -Car wax Liquid
    -Tire black

    if you need to order, you may reach me at 09184292542

    have a great day ahead. thank you.

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