Best Car Wash: Mr. Clean Car Wash
Our favorite for best car wash franchise, Mr. Clean has an established, trusted brand name, a proven business model with multiple profit centers, and best-in-the-business marketing support.
Shorter timeline to open than other franchises at an average four to five months
Very involved with location evaluation and market research
Several training options available
High investment cost, $2.3 to $3.2 million
Shorter franchise term, 10 years with a 10-year renewal option
Franchisees benefit from Mr. Clean Car Wash’s powerful support system developed by their experienced team. They focus on multiple profit centers and state-of-the-art facilities with a recognizable look that everyone knows and loves, making them our hands-down favorite for the best car wash franchise.
Mr. Clean uses a business format franchise where the franchisee owns its business, but Mr. Clean’s corporate team assists with site selection, staff training, and advertising. Like other world-class franchises, the franchisee owns their business but your chances for success improve with a strong partnership from the corporate team.
The qualifications Mr. Clean seeks in its franchisees include:
- A convincing desire to succeed and an entrepreneurial mindset
- The ability to motivate and train people
- Financial management skills
- A willingness to be on-site to manage your location
- A willingness to complete their training and evaluation program
- Meeting their financial requirements
The initial franchise fee is $35,000, and the applicant is required to have a $700,000 to $1 million liquid capital and a net worth of $2.5 million. The typical investment for a franchise location is slightly higher than others, ranging between $2,379,000 and $3,219,500 for a single facility. After opening a Mr. Clean Car Wash, franchisees are required to pay a royalty of 6% and a marketing fee of 5% from net sales.
Mr. Clean Car Wash offers five weeks of hands-on experience at a training facility and on-site. The management staff can also get additional training if needed. Mr. Clean support representatives will be on-site during the opening to ensure everything goes smoothly.
The Mr. Clean Car Wash team also provides franchisees with guidance about local and national standards, specifications, operating procedures, marketing, and purchasing equipment and products.
After the 10-year contract term, franchise owners and Mr. Clean have a chance to mutually agree on a 10-year extension. If the owner wants to leave the business, they can list it with a third-party broker to sell to a buyer that meets Mr. Clean’s criteria.