- A Self-Service Wash has the Least Operational Complexity
- Self-service car washes require much less building structure and equipment making them less expensive to build. They can be operated with little or no staff, allowing for 24 hour operation. There are almost no damage claims as the customer is doing all of the work. There are very few limitations on what vehicles can be washed at the facility, and the equipment requires substantially less maintenance than tunnel or in-bay washes.
- Lower Return on Investment
- The revenue opportunity at a self-service wash is usually lower than any other car wash models equaling a lower return on investment. Although they are less expensive to build, a self-service wash still has a fairly large footprint, depending on the number of wash bays. While there is typically not a need for a full time attendant, self-service washes often require a lot of clean up of the wash bays, vacuum areas, and surrounding lot.