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Where Do I Start?

Design & Build a Tunnel Car Wash
A Step-by-Step Procedure

  • 1GET STARTED 
    Understand that this type of project can start out at nearly one million dollars and go up from there—contact and connect a quality equipment manufacturer or dealer to get an estimate for your project, outline the scope of work and get started.

  • 2LOCATE 
    Find a location with the following characteristics: high traffic volume, retail and shopping near by, an average speed limit of 45 mph or less, little or no direct competition in the area. Also consider performing a site study.

  • 3VERIFY 
    Check zoning, verify utilities and make sure sewer is available.

  • 4BUDGET 
    Establish a budget from personal finances, lending sources, etc.

  • 5SCOPE 
    Survey property and get soil borings, environmental reports, etc.

  • 6DRAFT 
    Begin drafting architectural design drawings.

  • 7REVISE 
    Update and complete your civil drawings.

  • 8PLAN 
    Contract with an equipment supplier who will help with site planning and assist you at city meetings.

  • 9APPROVE 
    Submit your site plan for approval.

  • 10FINALIZE 
    Complete your architectural design drawings, in alignment with the approved plan.

  • 19APPLY 
    Apply for building permits.

  • 12SUBCONTRACT 
    Disperse for subcontractor cost proposals and finalize construction costs.

  • 13PREP 
    Excavate your space for footings and foundation.

  • 14BUILD 
    Conduct and oversee the building and site construction process.

  • 15INSTALL 
    Complete equipment installation.

  • 16INSPECT 
    Conduct a final inspection of your car wash space and experience.

  • 17OPEN 
    You should be all set to market and open your car wash for business!