Start Your Own Truck Washing Business

You can get into this profitable business with practically no start-up capital, including selling your service, inexpensive equipment, the added touch, pay dirt, tractor-trailer car wash.

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    Your independent truck washing business can compete with mechanized washers if you focus on the trailer exclusively.
    PHOTO: JOHN A. HINZ
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    A well cleaned truck, top to bottom.
    JOHN A. HINZ

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If you live within commuting distance of a truck stop, you could be in business for yourself—and making more than $100 a day—within two weeks from right now. How? Well, by taking advantage of dirt!  

Trucks that travel 2,000 miles or more each week can get downright filthy, and there's money to be made in cleaning the dirty diesels. Furthermore, before you get turned off by the thought of scrubbing down behemoths that are 55 feet long and 13 feet high, consider this: Most drivers will want to have just their tractors washed, not their trailers.

Many load-haulers (even the independents) switch trailers regularly. The big, mechanized washers do a pretty fair job of keeping the "boxes" clean but not the truck cabs. An entrepreneur who runs a "Tractors Only" business can stay competitive with the "big guys" by lavishing special attention on each vehicle.

Then, too, most 18-wheeler drivers take a lot of pride in their equipment. In many cases, their trucks are virtually their homes, and so the men and women want those traveling dwellings to look good as they churn down the freeway.



Sell Your Service

To get started in truck washing, you'll first have to make an appointment with the manager of your local truck stop and do a little selling. Explain your concept, and tell the boss that you don't want to set up as an employee, but—instead—as an independent contractor. Stress that you intend to be the best truck washer on the interstate, and that your reputation will increase his or her business. (It's true! If drivers can get a top-notch wash job while they stop for a bite to eat, they'll be more inclined to choose your location regularly. ) If the manager is unwilling to let you open up shop for no charge, perhaps you can work out a rental arrangement covering space and water.

Once you and the truck stop operator are able to come to an agreement, choose the exact location of your "wash rack" carefully. The spot should be paved, have good drainage capabilities, and—of course—be easily accessible to the monstrous vehicles.

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