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How to sell a small 5 location chain of nice carwashes in Pa & Md ?

I have a small chain of financially solid carwash's (5) locations I want to retire and sell them all together. We gross about $1,000,000 in yearly sales with a gross cash flow of $500K all locations are very nice and well maintained. How best to sell my business. I can finance some of the purchase price also. Have 2 full time employees several part time.

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Allegheny County, PA

Where in PA? Could you outline the locations? Would you be willing to help a tranistion with a new owner coming from outside your business? I am a private party interested in your situation.
Jay 412-526-6815

Jan 4, 2010
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Delaware County, PA

Hi , best bet would be to sell the people who are already in the business in the same state ? Brokers and Agents will make you sign listings for one year or two and then will post your business with every broker in the industry to find someone and in that process they will waste your one year and will take 6-10% of selling just owner finance somebody if they have 30-40% down payment...


Jan 3, 2010
Paul G. Hauf, Broker & Senior Business Adviser
Paul G. Hauf And Associates, Inc.
President & Sr. Business Broker

Hi Mr. Leydig:

I have been professionally involved in both the financing and marketing of businesses since 1980. Do you own the properties besides the businesses? We have a significant number of clients who are always looking for "good" business deals with "sound" financial fundamentals. All of our buyers go through a rigorous "pre-qualification" process to assure buyer capability. Feel free to give me a call on 410-679-2704 so that we may discuss your needs further. Our conversation is without cost or obligation, and your information will be maintained on a totally confidential basis. Thank you!

Paul G. Hauf, President & Sr. Business Broker

Dec 22, 2009
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Erie County, NY

I have $300K cash if you can provide financing. Email me on

Dec 22, 2009
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Ocean Blue Realty Inc.
Hillsborough County, FL

Hi Steven
I have been in the car wash business for over 20 years if you can give me a call I could help you.
My name is Richard Corley, 813-713-4582

Dec 22, 2009
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Philadelphia County, PA

Dear Steve,

There are various factors to consider when selling carwash businesses. Since you want to sell them all together, you need to connect with a strategic alliance - business broker - who has an excellent marketing campaign platform and contact database with both existing car wash owners, gas service station owners and similar business owners, as well as the ability to connect efficiently with new prospects. Airst Stann uses both great online systems, like, as well as our unique supportive marketing campaigns to direct owners in the businesses you wish too attract as buyers. We would be happy to discuss your carwash business and the most prudent manner to quickly connect with qualified, experienced car wash operators and sell. Feel free to contact us in full confidentiality.
Randall Airst Esq. LLM and Team Members, Staff
AIRST STANN Business Brokers, Mergers and Acquisitions
1800 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Suite 300, Philadelphia, PA 19103 Website:
Main: (215) 552-8800 EST Ext. 756

Dec 18, 2009
Alicia Wines
Wolf Wines & Adame

Call Harry Wolf at Harry Wolf Commercial. He is licensed in both states and can help you with selling and obtaining a buyer. The office # is 410-581-9653.

Dec 16, 2009
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The BAF Group LLC

I know of two potential Buyers, if you are interested in using a Broker. The problem at this point is certainly one of financing. The Buyers of which I am familiar will always take any owner financing that is available, but may not need it. If you are interested, I can be reached almost any day of the week - because I have no life! - at (410) 715-0700.

Nov 7, 2009