Case Studies

Below are several case studies for clients we’ve worked with in the past listing the work we’ve done and the increase in profits. If you have questions about our case studies or if you’re ready to make the jump and sign up for one of our services please contact us!

 
 

Flex Serve Start-up Case Study

Three very inexperienced partners opened the doors of their Flex Serve Car Wash on a shoe string budget.

  • They hired Wash Guru Car Wash Consultants to:

    • Select their real estate,

    • Help them acquire financing,

    • Design and build their facility,

    • Recruit/hire/train their managers and staff, and

    • Get them to profitability.

  • They did a great job building the business around their Unlimited Car Wash Membership Program.

  • They created high volume quickly with their Unlimited Car Wash Membership Program.

  • They had a high Car Wash ticket average.

  • They had a low labor cost.

  • They were profitable their third month of business.

  • They had 1,100 Unlimited Car Wash Members and washed 8,000 cars in their sixth month of business.

At Month Six

Sales
$168,000

Volume
8,000

# of members
1,000

Labor (all-in)
$50,000

Profit
$56,000

 
 

Multi-Unit Express Case Study

A very well-established 14-unit company opened their Express Exterior Car Wash in 2014. Their in-house real estate department wasn’t providing good real property and site information.

Here’s what happened:

  • They hired Wash Guru to help select their real estate and make sure they weren’t making several multi-million dollar mistakes.

  • They did a great job building the business around their Unlimited Car Wash Membership Program.

  • They created high volume quickly with their Unlimited Car Wash Membership Program.

  • They had an initially low Car Wash ticket average.

  • They had a low labor cost.

  • They were profitable their first month of business.

  • They had over 1,000 Unlimited Car Wash Members and washed 17,000 cars in their third month of business.

At Month THREE

Sales
$102,000

Volume
17,000

# of members
1,000

Labor (all-in)
$18,000

Profit
$36,000

 
 

Full Serve Turnaround Case Study

Three businessmen (absentee owners) opened a traditional full service car wash about 15 years ago. They hired a couple different consulting firms to come in and help them to try and be successful. They made very small gains through their endeavors.

They had low car counts, a low ticket average, high labor, and poor inventory management. They had a run rate of about $867K in sales and $87K in profit.

They engaged Wash Guru to perform comprehensive training and ongoing management through their sales sharing program.

They have a current run rate of $1.4MM (60% increase} in sales and $350K in profit.

With Wash Guru’s tutelage they are profitable every month now!

CLIENT 1-YEAR
CHANGE IN SALES

60% increase in sales!

 
 

High Volume Flex Turnaround Case Study

Three very inexperienced partners opened the doors of their Flex Serve Car Wash on a shoe string budget. They did a great job building the business around their Unlimited Car Wash Membership Program and created high volume quickly with their Unlimited Car Wash Membership Program.

They had:

  • A low Car Wash ticket average.

  • A very high Car Wash labor cost.

  • A run rate of about $1.7MM in sales and $250K in profit a year and a half into operations.

They Hired Wash Guru Car Wash Consulting for comprehensive training and finished the following year with $3.1MM in sales, $1.1MM in profit, and 4,000+ members.

Client 1-year change in profit

340% increase in profit!

 
 

Low Volume Flex Serve Turnaround Case Study

Two inexperienced partners opened the doors of their Flex Serve Car Wash about six years ago. They did a great job building their brand and reinvesting into the business, however:

  • They struggled with creating reasonable profitability.

  • They had a low Car Wash ticket average.

  • They had a high Car Wash labor cost.

  • They had a run rate of about $660K in sales.

So… they Hired Wash Guru Car Wash Consulting to perform comprehensive training and ongoing management. This resulted in:

  • Their current sales run rate is about $1MM and continuing to climb.

  • They set many records this year compared to their previous 6 years of operation.

Client 1-year change in sales

50% increase in sales!

 
 

Real Estate Performance Matrix

PerformanceSite GradeVolume AchievedProfit Achieved
Site 191110,000$750,000
Site 29198,000$720,000
Site 389160,000$1,200,000
Site 493120,000$690,000
Site 5+92192,000$615,000
Site 6+92204,000$650,000
Site 7+92210,000$670,000
Average91.4156,286$756,429
  • The above case studies are all Wash Guru Clients for whom we did site feasibility studies.

  • The last 3 are new sites with only a few months of data, therefore averaged into run rates.

 
 

Wash Guru Owned Car Wash

Wash Guru opened the coolest, greenest car wash in Colorado. Being extremely green isn’t even bragging, we’ve won multiple awards for it. We decided to operate the facility as a flex serve on .75 of an acre. Our team ran into neighborhood and noise issues which we ultimately were able to mitigate. Now we are not only the greenest car wash, but we’re also the quietest. We learned a lot throughout the process and continue to learn every time we build a new wash. A lot has been learned by our team over the last 16 years, and we’d love to share our wealth of experience with you.

Car Washes Per Year

Total Sales Per Year

Year 1

101,000 cars
$1,800,000 sales

Year 2

128,000 cars
$2,4000,000 sales

Year 3 is still in progress, but these are our projections:

Year 3*

150,000 cars
$2,900,000 sales
3,000 members

Year 4*

175,000 cars
$3,400,000 sales
4,000 members

Year 5*

200,000 cars
$4,000,000 sales
4,500 members
$14M+ Valuation