5 Creative Ways to Raise Capital for Your Car Wash

Raising capital for your car wash business doesn’t have to be hard. Think outside the box and you are sure to find a solution. We offer 5 ways you can raise capital to fund your auto detailing business.


5 Creative Ways to Raise Capital for Your Car Wash
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When you need to raise capital for your car wash business, you need to be creative and think “outside of the box.” According to Forbes.com, “not having enough money invested or to invest in your business is the number one reason most businesses fail these days.” Whatever the reason that you need additional capital, let’s look at five creative ways to raise that additional capital for your car wash.


Vendor Financing or Supplier Guarantees

If you cannot raise the funds needed to purchase your car wash business outright, maybe you can make arrangements to lease the equipment and products needed while creating a payment schedule to pay for what is being used at a later date. Vendor financing is basically a loan from one company to another which is used to purchase goods from the company that is providing that loan. Many people choose this option if their creditworthiness is less than perfect since it is usually easier to obtain funding through other sources.

Supplier guarantees, when done properly through a financial institution, will allow receivables to be paid directly to the supplier for the goods that are used. This helps the car wash business to run a little smoother without worrying about how much money to send to their suppliers.

Peer to Peer Lending

Peer to peer lending doesn’t always mean borrowing from family and friends, but they should be the first group of people you ask. Although asking family and friends may sound scary and awkward, it is absolutely your best option. Make sure you act professionally in giving your sales pitch as they might be your future investors. If they are willing to take the risk and put their money towards you and your car wash business you should have your funds quickly. The people closest to you will be able to see your passion and know whether or not you can run a successful car wash business or not.

Some of the other benefits of a peer to peer lending can include a flexible pay back schedule and quick access to cash. On the downside of this type of funding, you may be asked to offer employment opportunities to family or friends or be asked to offer free or discounted services during the course of your obligations to these peers.

504 Loans

The SBA (Small Business Administration) offers 504 loans for car wash businesses and other business ventures. They are under-utilized loans which provide funding for the purchase of fixed assets which means real estate, buildings, and equipment at blow market pricing.

The 504 loans work by requiring 10% of the loan amount from the owner of the company; a traditional lender puts in 50% and the other 40% by a non-profit organization or CDC (Certified Development Company) and are specifically set up to support economic growth in a particular area. There are several hundred CDCs nationwide. They allow business owners to borrow up to five million dollars and will pay the traditional lender first should the car wash business fail to thrive and go out of business. There are, of course, several eligibility requirements that need to be followed.

Fan-Based Funding

This is actually another good option for those with less than perfect credit and who are unable to obtain a business loan through conventional means even with a good, strong business plan. There are still plenty of good people out there looking to invest in you and your car wash business as well as in others to help them reach their potential too. Be sure to keep in mind that you may want to also have a legal advisor in place so you can understand the terms and rates of the company you are securing funds through from your fan base.

Crowdfunding is a new funding phenomenon brought about by the Jumpstart our Business Startups Act of 2012 (JOBS). It allows people to donate personal monies up to $1 million dollars for businesses making less than $100,000 through a short registration process and limited financial knowledge. Multiple sites have come up allowing entrepreneurs the availability to find new money sources effectively and inexpensively via the internet and compounded interest via other social media sources.

Community Loans

If there is a need in your community for a car wash business you may be able to solicit the help of your neighbors in the form of microloans. There have been many instances when a community has pulled together funds in exchange for shares in a local business venture, whether it is an established business or not. Borrowing from your own business customers started in the early 2000’s, originally from the community supported agricultural loans, and has now spread to many communities all over the US. This business model expanded to include many service types of businesses. The dangers and drawbacks to this type of funding is that your customers no longer want to be involved in paying for car wash services up front and demanding the payback in their money instead.


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