Tommy’s Express car wash locations now total 122 across the United States, with an additional 95 locations set to open in the coming months! Tommy’s Express is one of the fastest-growing businesses in one of the fastest-growing franchise industries, earning multiple recognitions for excellence and growth.
- Tommy’s Express ranked #2 in the Franchise Times Fast & Serious list of the Top 40 Smartest Growing Franchise Brands.
- Tommy’s Express ranked #1 in the car-wash services category in the Entrepreneur Magazine Franchise 500® 2021 and ranked #30 on the Top New Franchises list. The Franchise 500® is one of the most comprehensive, well-respected, and widely referenced guides to franchises.
- Professional Carwashing & Detailing’s annual Top 50 U.S. Conveyor Chain List ranked 100 of Tommy’s locations at #5, up from #7 last year.
We’re proud of our growth and grateful for the franchise partners joining us on this exciting journey.
Several factors make opening a Tommy’s Express franchise a winning business opportunity.
Proven Business Model
While many businesses may choose to franchise after only a few years, Tommy’s Express was a successful local car wash for 47 years before franchising in 2016. This knowledge and experience in the car wash industry is passed along to every Tommy’s Express franchise partner. Tommy's Express provides each franchise partner with the information and tools for success, from selecting an optimum car wash location to running an efficient day-to-day car wash operation. And the proof is in the results. Tommy’s Express locations open for over 36 months report average sales of over $3 million.*
Tommy Car Wash Systems Equipment
Car wash operations expertise… check. Premiere car wash equipment… check. A business partner that drives continuous innovation… check.
Responsible for car wash equipment breakthroughs such as the Tommy Transporter dual belt conveyor system, the unique circular arch car wash design, and signature car wash detergents, Tommy’s Car Wash Systems is a leading innovator in the car wash equipment industry.
Our advanced systems automate more of the car wash process, maximizing control and minimizing labor. We help our owners save money, increase sustainability, and deliver high-quality results for their customers. Additionally, Tommy’s equipment uses stainless steel and other advanced design concepts and engineering, so wash equipment lasts longer, and owners spend less time and money on maintenance.
Low Labor Requirements
Most Tommy’s Express locations require only twelve staff members to operate. The express wash process is almost entirely automated, from our Detergent POD stations that manage wash operations to the self-loading conveyor system that can process over 2,000 cars per hour.
Additionally, there are no perishable items and no competition with Amazon and other e-commerce disruptors.
More People Washing Cars
With vehicle quality improvements, car shortages, and increasing car prices, many owners hang on to their vehicles longer. According to a June 2021 Wall Street Journal article, the average age of cars on U.S. roadways rose to a record 12.1 years. Regular car washing helps keep vehicles healthy for the long run, and most vehicle owners choose express car wash locations to get the job done. Memberships make it easy for customers to frequent the car wash and offer convenience over washing their cars by hand at home.
The franchise partner you select sets the foundation for your success in your new business. You want a partner with a proven track record, a solid deliverable, and a 360-degree plan to ensure success from groundbreaking to ongoing operations.
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Not a Franchise Offer: This information is not intended as an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, a franchise. It is for informational purposes only. If you are a resident of a U.S. state or a country or wish to operate a franchise in a U.S. state or a country, that regulates the offer or sale of franchises or business opportunities, we will not offer you a franchise until we have complied with any applicable pre-sale registration and disclosure requirements in your jurisdiction.
*Average sales as reported by the 2022 franchise disclosure document for sites open 36 months.