Construction Cost Estimates for a Car Wash in National, US

The following analysis estimates the cost to build a car wash using US National Average costs from 2019 RSMeans cost data. Costs are derived from a building model that assumes basic components, using union and open shop labor for a 800 square foot building.

Scope differences and market conditions can cause costs to vary significantly. To see an estimate of the costs in a specific city or metropolitan area, go to our index of car wash models by state.

NOTE: This cost estimate uses 2019 RSMeans data. A more accurate estimate using current RSMeans cost data is available in RSMeans Data Online.

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Car Wash Construction Cost Assumption
Location:  US National Average
Story Count:  1
Story Height (L.F.):  12
Floor Area (S.F.):  800
Basement Included:  No
Data Release:  Year 2019
Car Wash with Concrete Block / Bearing Walls
Cost Estimate (Standard Union Labor) % of Total Cost Per SF Cost
SubTotal 100% $234.49 $187,593.53
Contractor Fees (General Conditions,Overhead,Profit) 25% $58.62 $46,898.38
Architectural Fees 7% $20.52 $16,414.43
Total Building Cost $313.63 $250,906.35
Cost Estimate (Open Shop) % of Total Cost Per SF Cost
SubTotal 100% $213.90 $171,119.60
Contractor Fees (General Conditions,Overhead,Profit) 25% $53.47 $42,779.90
Architectural Fees 7% $18.72 $14,972.97
Total Building Cost $286.09 $228,872.47
Other Square Foot Model Building Type Options:

Car Wash with Concrete Block / Rigid Steel

Car Wash with Face Brick & Concrete Block / Bearing Walls

Car Wash with Face Brick & Concrete Block / Rigid Steel

Car Wash with Metal Panel / Rigid Steel

Car Wash with Metal Sandwich Panel / Rigid Steel