How to Start a Car Wash Business in Kenya

The car wash business in Kenya is growing at a fast rate due to the increase in the number of vehicles Kenyans buy each year. According to Trading Economics global macro models, new-car registration is estimated to be about 29500.00 in 2022 and 32000.00 in 2023. This article will provide you with the knowledge and information on how to start a car wash business in Kenya.

Car wash businesses do not only wash cars but also motorcycles, bicycles, and carpets. An added advantage of starting a car wash business is flexibility, it can be at a fixed location or can be mobile.

Starting a Car Wash Business in Kenya

  1. Conduct market research on car wash business to identify business opportunities.
  2. Identify the location of your car wash business. You can either purchase the land or lease it. For your business to thrive ensure your ideal location is near a residential area, offices, bars, or restaurants.
  3. Create your car wash business plan. The business plan serves as a guide to your business.
  4. Rehabilitate the land. This is an important step that many people forget. Before you offer your services, people are fast attracted to how your facilities look. As much as your customers are immersed in efficiency decency is equally important.
  5. Register your business name on the eCitizen portal and acquire the necessary business licenses and permit for your car wash business.
  6. Acquire the necessary equipment for your business. Technology plays an important role in the success of a business. Buy the necessary machine and equipment that will improve your services.
  7. Market your car wash business through advertisement

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Products and services

  • Car Washing Services
  • Rust removal services
  • Touch-up paint for cars
  • Carpet cleaning
  • Engine wash
  • Leather restoration and protection.
  • Polishing and Waxing of Cars/Bikes

Car Wash Equipment

  • High-pressure car wash machine
  • Portable car washing machine
  • Vacuum cleaner and detergents
  • Wands and brushes
  • Water tank
  • Boom Accessories
  • Car drier systems
Car Wash Business in Kenya
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Cost of starting a car wash business in Kenya

The cost of starting a car wash business mainly depends on the size, design of your business, and the type of equipment you buy. Below is an approximate cost;

  • Leasing Land: Ksh.15,000 or more
  • Equipment (Vacuum Cleaner, brushes, squeezers, towels, detergents, and buckets): Ksh.100,000 or more
  • Rehabilitation: Ksh 25,000
  • Licenses: Ksh.20,000
  • Marketing: Ksh.15,000

To start a car wash business you need between Ksh. 50000 to Ksh. 1000000. It is also possible to buy any existing car wash from as low as Ksh.140,000 to as high as Ksh.1,500,000 depending size of the car wash.

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Car wash business profitability in Kenya

The number of new vehicles in Kenya is projected to increase each year. A car wash is not only for washing cars but al