Tommy's Express

The Tommy's Express franchise was founded in 1969 and awarded it first franchise in 2016. Since then, the franchise has grown to be an industry leading car wash service and has expanded to over 70 locations across the U.S. This is an attractive franchise opportunity due to low labor costs, no perishable items, and innovative systems that automate the car washing process. The franchise is part of the Tommy Car Wash Systems, which leads the way in providing Equipment, Facilities, and Operations for those looking to make it in the industry. They will also provide you with some of the best support and training in the industry. If you're looking to make a splash in the booming car wash industry, then the Tommy's Express franchise is for you. 

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Tommy's Express


Tommy's Express Franchise Cost and Requirements for 2024


The car wash industry is a booming industry that is worth billions and adds countless jobs to the economy. It is an attractive industry to invest in as there is not a single company that has a stronghold on the industry. This means that is not about competition from huge corporations. Are you looking to get your piece of this billion-dollar industry with an industry leading car wash service that will offer you the best support and equipment? If so, then you should consider the Tommy's Express franchise. Founded in 1969 and franchising since 2016, the franchise is powered by Tommy Car Wash Systems, which leads the way in providing Equipment, Facilities, and Operations for those looking to own the best car wash possible. It is an attractive franchise opportunity because of low labor costs, no perishable items, and innovative systems that automate the washing process.
The franchise has grown to become an industry leader that has expanded to over 70 locations across the U.S. For over half a century, the professionals with the Tommy Car Wash Systems have been providing its partners with everything they could possibly need to be the best car wash it can be. This includes providing modular building designs, robust stainless steel car wash equipment, an advanced Wash Club license plate reader system, and so much more. With a $1 million cash requirement, this is not a cheap investment, so it would be wise to be serious about owning a car wash. Consider investing in the Tommy's Express franchise today.  

Company Details

Founded: 1969
First Franchise: 2016
Headquarters: Holland, Michigan 
International: No
Canada: No

Support and Training Offered By Tommy's Express

In terms of support and training, the franchise owner can expect coaching from industry leaders, site selection assistance, social media monitoring, and assistance with the grand opening. The support and training will be ongoing after the grand opening. 

2024 Franchise Requirements Needed to Own a Tommy's Express Franchise.

What does a Tommy's Express Franchise Cost?

Tommy's Express franchise fees for 2024:

Franchise fee: $50,000
Net Worth Requirement $2,000,000
Cash Requirement $1,000,000
Initial Investment $4,059,478 - $5,677,805
Royalty Fee 4%
Veteran's Incentive Yes; $20,000 off franchise fee
Financing options: Yes

Is Tommy's Express a Semi Absentee Franchise with a Passive Ownership Opportunity?

No. Tommy's Express is not a semi absentee franchise. The owner of the franchise (the franchisee) is expected to be involved in all aspects of day-to-day operations.

Is Tommy's Express a Home Based franchise?

No. Tommy's Express is not a home based franchise opportunity.

What Do Tommy's Express Franchise Owners Make?

Click here to find out how much Tommy's Express franchisees make. Tommy's Express offers an Item 19 in their Franchise Disclosure Document which provides financial information about select franchisees in their franchise system.

Does Tommy's Express Offer a Veteran Discount?

Yes. Tommy's Express franchise does offer a veteran discount.

Is Tommy's Express Looking for Franchisees in Canada?

No. Tommy's Express franchise is not looking for Canada franchisees.

Is Tommy's Express Looking for International franchisees?

No. Tommy's Express franchise is not looking for International franchisees.

Where can I see Tommy's Express's FDD (Franchise Disclosure Document)?

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Additional Information

Additional Categories

Car Wash, Non Food Franchises

Number of Units Open

50-100 UNITS

Cash Required

More than $250,000

Passive Franchise


Home Based Franchise


Item 19 Franchise


Veteran Discount




Franchise Opportunities in Canada


International Franchise Opportunities


Tommy's Express Franchises for Sale

Click Here to inquire about existing Tommy's Express franchises for sale. We may have Tommy's Express franchise resales. A franchise resale is an already established franchise owned by a franchisee and the franchisee is looking to sell their franchise.

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