Using the SBA 7(a) for a Car Wash Lot

 SBA 7(a) loans for car washes

As with other automotive industries, the recovering economy has led to growth in the car wash industry. This growth is expected to slow and stabilize over the next five years and beyond. This means that now is the time for small business owners to get the large commercial real estate loans they need.

The SBA 7(a) loan is a government-backed loan, guaranteed up to $3.75 million for loans of $5 million. Banks, credit unions, and other traditional lending institutions participate in the SBA 7(a) loan program. Some are Preferred Lenders, dedicated to approving qualified small business owners for SBA loans.

The SBA 7(a) loan can be used for nearly all of your car wash’s needs, as long as the use is a legitimate business purpose:

  • New construction of a car wash facility. Any of the costs associated with new construction can be covered by the SBA 7(a): hydraulics and water pumps, dryers, conveyors, prominent signage, bay doors, alarms and security, etc.

  • Refinancing a car wash. The funds from the SBA 7(a) can be used to refinance an existing loan. There are specific conditions for the loan to be used this way; for more information, check out our page on Refinancing Debt.

  • Moving into a new location. Buying an existing car wash is a legitimate use of the SBA 7(a) loan. Car washes are generally purpose-built, so finding the right location is crucial.

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SBA7a.Loans can also help connect you with other government-backed loan programs, like the SBA 504. This loan is larger than the SBA 7(a), and can require a more favorable amount down for the borrower. The SBA 504 is typically used with a traditional loan to cover the construction costs or the purchase of commercial real estate.

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