Wash Prices

I posted this blog on <a href=“http://washologyllc.com/blog/mobile-fleet-wash-pricing/”>mobile fleet wash pricing</a>. What do you guys think?

Mobile Fleet Wash Cost

This article is going to dive into some aspects and examples of mobile wash pricing.

Savvy fleet managers realize they save time and money using a mobile fleet wash vendor. We’re going to go into the different factors that play into the overall cost, then talk about the actual numbers involved.

Size of Fleet
    The time and cost to set up for a wash job is the same no matter how many trucks are being washed. In the end, this means larger fleets will have a lower per piece price.
Type of Vehicles
    The time it takes to wash each piece will play a big part in the overall cost. A greasy dump truck is going to take much longer than a short haul tractor.
Frequency of Wash
    The longer the duration between washes, the dirtier the vehicles are going to get. The dirtier they are, the longer they take to wash. Therefore, more frequent washing is going to cost less per piece.
Water Recovery
    The geography and layout of the site play a big role in how the waste water will be recovered. We can work with anything; however, it all comes down to time. If it all drains into one drain, it’s a quick process. If it’s a variable grade and we have to set up sand snakes to divert water, it could take a lot longer.

How much does it cost?

It’s hard to pin down an exact price, as there is so much variation within the industry. As with most things in life, you get what you pay for. These are rough numbers based on typical tractors and trailers and do not take the above listed factors into consideration.

On the cheapest end of the scale, prices can go as low as $4-$10/e. At this point, a wash vendor is cutting serious corners. You want to ensure they are a legitimate business (more on that here). Ie. Legal workers, insured, registered with the state, Federal Id number.

The next step up from that is going to be from $10-$14/e. In this price range, you’re more likely looking at a legitimate business. To offer these prices, a washer is going to have to be blazing fast. The quality of the final product will most likely be on the low side.

In my experience, the majority of wash vendors are going to be in the $15-$22/e range. This leaves enough money to run a legitimate operation and take enough time to do a good wash job. This is usually where we stand.

Above and beyond the $22/e range, you’re looking at more custom fine detailing type work. This can be great if you want your trucks sparkling for a special event; but, you don’t want to be paying this much for a regularly scheduled wash.

Thanks,
Ross

I see why I don’t do fleets now…

Yeah. Ill stick to houses & decks. But hey everyone has their niche

Do you think it is a good idea to say that $22 or more they don’t want to pay. Don’t you think it would be good to get a little more for our work. Is it better to just say this price is our price and is a far price or do you think it’s good to say this price is to much.

That’s a great point rrjp. I’m going to go back and change the wording of that right now.

It is a heavily commoditized niche with all sorts of competition; but when you have 100 piece accounts that wash bi-weekly, it doesn’t seem so bad.

Lol yea good luck to you!!!

We wash log trucks on Saturdays. The going price is $40/e. BUT, it takes 45 minutes and more per truck, just because of the dried mud, the grease, and all that builds up in a week of driving on dirty and muddy roads. It’s even worse after a rainy spell! So hey, I’m looking to figure out how to cut time and chemical expenses, trying different things as I run across them.

Great article. I have been wondering if it was worth looking into. My thoughts are pick up any work I can as long as it is profitable until I can fill my schedule up with Residential units.

I just don’t see me doing much if any fleet washing at those rates! I couldn’t do work that I could live with in a reasonable time frame to offset the return. I would need to wash a truck every 10-12 minutes @20 per hour and I just don’t think I would be happy with that end product. I’m too OCD and detail oriented.

Depends on how you’re setup. It’s all about efficiency like anything else. I have a 3 man crew that averages a hair over 100 pieces per weekend.
I won’t share numbers but we get well over $15/piece no detailing at all. Most of the trucks are garbage trucks which are some of the worst ones to clean BUT they’re done weekly. That’s where the trick is - weekly service.

My guys make more money in one weekend than they would drawing a weekly unemployment check. I would rather do that than to lay them off due to winter shutdown. So it all works out.

I have three roll-off trucks that I charge $60.00 ea. for interior cab cleaning and exterior wash/wax and if they want the wheels, tank(s) and stack(s) done thats an additional $10.00 ea. I usually pull about $200.00 for a Sunday and thats just me taking my time, since the trucks don’t run on Sundays.

Thanks,
Wayne
Phoenix Services
Middle River, MD

Doesnt a stick of bubble gum cost almost 200$ in MD? let alone doing it on a sunday? You fleetwashers have way more dedication then me.

Aquatek2013,

I can understand where your comming from. I do 3 roll-offs everyother Sunday. I take my time, no need to rush and get the inside and outside cleaned. Last Sunday I was there from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Thats 7 hours and if you divide the $200.00 I made by 7 thats $28.57 per hour. This doesnt include the Federal contract I have for 13 rigs @ $150.00 a pop. It all depends on how you look at it.

If you’re happy with that then it’s right for you. :slight_smile:

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I make more than that sitting in the office, returning calls, in less than one hour. But, to each their own…

JC inNJ,

It’s only filler work for the weekends. I’ve dealt with people in jersy before, you can keep it.

I enjoy my weekends off and charge appropriately so that I dont need “filler” work on the weekends. But like I said, to each their own

I do it becouse I enjoy it. There must be something in the water.

Under $30 an hour for this business is sub-par at best. For our company with 2 employees working and to make any money at all we have to be over $72 an hour. That just pays wage and basic upkeep on the equipment. The $150 a pop deal sounds good so I can see if you give a little to get a little but I wouldn’t make a habit of that or else you become the “cheap guy” and your business will never grow to where it’s possible to grow.

Britton Emerson
Emerson Exteriors