Advertisements

So You Want to Build a Truck Wash Outside of Town?

Consulting in the Truck Wash Industry is not easy, often we get calls from people all over the country who proclaim that they are interested in setting up a Truck Wash. Not long ago, a gentleman from Texas emailed for some consulting services in the Truck Wash Sector and before we agreed to consult with them we had the following questions:

  1. Where is your location?
  2. How many gallons of fuel are you pumping a day?
  3. Where is the next nearest Truck Wash to your location?
  4. How is the labor supply there?
  5. How much money do you have to build the “truck wash” part of the business?
  6. How much space do you have there?

He emailed back and stated:

I am currently working on a business plan that answers most of these questions that you have asked. Because my partner owns and operates a truck stop/convenience store on what will be adjacent property to the truck wash, we have a pretty good idea of traffic, labor, location, and competition, when compared to the his store. Our main questions are in regards to the building of the truck wash facility, environmental laws/misc. regulations, and ultimately truck washing products. I know this info is vague, however, I do not want to disclose any further detailed information at this time. I can say that we feel that there is a unique opportunity for a successful truck washing business in our area, and we are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity. Please let me know if you are interested in consultation work and what your fee and terms would be for the service.

Interestingly enough without the answers to the original above questions then one cannot answer the following questions of Environmental, regulations, or truck washing products. For instance, Truck Wash Products and Soaps have dwell time, the amount of time the soap sits on the surface in order to work. How much labor and the quality of that labor determines the amount of automation that should be used. Too much automation will eliminate some “independent truck drivers” who will only settle for a hand wash. Hand washing requires more soap and different rules and regulations.

Interestingly enough without the answers to the original above questions then one cannot answer the following questions of Environmental, regulations, or truck washing products. For instance, Truck Wash Products and Soaps have dwell time, the amount of time the soap sits on the surface in order to work. How much labor and the quality of that labor determines the amount of automation that should be used. Too much automation will eliminate some “independent truck drivers” who will only settle for a hand wash. Hand washing requires more soap and different rules and regulations.

The space available for the facility is also related the space needed for clarifiers, reclaiming and recycling of wash water and this affects the waster water quality that the municipality is willing to take. The regulations for truck washing includes everything from permits, water, OSHA, EPA, etc. and more. If a Truck Washing Consultant does not know what type of facility, the amount of space, the competition, how much fuel is being pumped and the labor supply availability then the consultant does not know how many trucks may be washed.

The consultant cannot guestimate how many people will be working there and thus you cannot know the type of building that is needed or the truck wash systems to be used or anything else and therefore cannot adequately answer such specific questions. Indeed, as a consultant, I had to email back, due to my busy schedule that I do not have time to fool around and play games. The so-called truck wash entrepreneur will have to find someone else with less knowledge to work with. Here is the point blank email reply to the Texas Truck Wash Business Plan writer:

I do not do “secrets” if someone cannot give me all the details, I cannot legitimately render my best advice. So if you cannot disclose the details or do not trust me with them, then how can you trust my advice. Thus, I am not interested in assisting you at any price. No further contact will be accepted by you to this email address. Good day and enjoy your Ten Gallon hat.

Moral of the story, don’t let people waste your time if you are a consultant. Now if you are new in the industry and really need the money, maybe you might want to explain things to folks like this, but other than that, you should be able to smell someone who has more manure than cattle.



Source by Lance Winslow

1
Social Media Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com