Steps for common car wash
Calculate the monthly loan
payments on your car wash loan.
- a.) In the first line, enter the dollar amount of the
- b.) In the second line, enter the interest rate, such as
6.0 (six percent), or 7.25 (seven-point-two-five percent), etc..
Do not enter the percentage sign.
- c.) In the third line enter the number of payments.
For example, if the loan is for twenty years, separately multiply 20
times 12 (months) for a total of 240 months. Enter this number of
- d.) In the fourth line enter the number of payments per
year, which is usually 12 (one per month).
- e.) In the fifth line, leave the entry field blank.
At the far right lower corner click the "Payment Amount".
The result is the dollar amount of the monthly loan payments.
2.) Calculate the maximum
loan amount that the car wash cash flow will
support. Banks evaluate the cash flow of the car wash first when determining the loan
amount. Everything else is distantly secondary. Calculate
the maximum amount that a bank will loan you based upon the cash flow
of the car wash or overall car wash business.
- a.) First, separately
calculate the Cash Flow to Service Debt. This is usually the same
number as the EBITDA (Earnings Before Income Taxes, Depreciation, and
Amortization; and the same number as the NOI (Net Operating
income). For the most recent complete business year add the
very-bottom-line Net Income, plus the Interest Expense for the year,
plus the Income Tax Expense for the year, plus the Depreciation
Expense, plus the Amortization Expense. Divide this number by 12
- b.) Divide this
average monthly Cash flow to Service Debt by 1.25. The result is
the maximum loan payment that the Cash Flow to Service Debt will
- c.) Enter the result in
step b into the white entry field on the bottom line in the table.
- e.) In the first line,
leave the white entry field blank.
- d.) In the second line,
enter the interest rate, such as 6.0 (six percent), or 7.25
(seven-point-two-five percent), etc.. Do not enter the percentage
- e.) In the third line enter
the number of payments in the loan amortization. For example, if
the loan is for twenty years, separately multiply 20 times 12 (months)
for a total of 240 months. Enter this number of payments.
- f.) In the fourth line
enter the number of payments per year, which is usually 12 (one per
- e.) In the first line, at
the far right click "Loan Amount".
The result is the maximum loan amount based upon the Cash Flow to
that the bank or finance company will usually lower the indicated
maximum loan amount to 75 or 80% of the appraised amount, or to an even
lower percentage. The bank or finance company in most cases
orders the appraisal after
the loan has been approved based upon the Cash Flow to Service Debt and
Calculate an effective
interest rate for a car wash equipment
Use this to compare leases. This only works if the last payment
is essentially zero ($1).
- a.) For the lease amount (loan amount) use the gross
amount, then subtract the portion of that which you must pay in
advance. This is the net lease amount. Fax a copy of the
lease to us if you need
- b.) Enter
the number of payments that must be made after the initial 'first and
last' payments and after any other deposits. For example, if you
are getting a 60-month (5-year) lease you may be required to make, in
advance, a 'first and last payment' deposit. In that instance you
will have 48 monthly payments to make, beginning at the end of the
- c.) Enter the number of payments per year (usually
- d.) Enter the dollar amount of
the monthly payment.
- e.) At the right of the interest rate blank field,
click on the "% Interest Rate" button. This will calculate your
effective interest rate.
Calculate the number of
payments remaining on a car wash
- a.) Enter the remaining balance of the loan (line
this is a new loan enter the loan amount.)
- b.) Enter the interest rate of the loan (line two).
- c.) Enter the number of payments per year, which is
usually 12 (line four).
- d.) Enter the dollar amount of the monthly payment (line
- e.) To the right of the "...payments over the life of the
loan?" blank field, click on the "Total Payments" button. The
result is the number of payments remaining on your loan.
Calculate a car wash
- a.) Separately,
calculate the EBITDA, which is the bottom line net earnings (or loss),
plus the historical interest
expense during the period (usually the
previous year), plus any income
taxes paid or incurred during the
previous year, plus depreciation
expense during the period, plus amortization
expense during the period.
If you are using a car
wash business tax
return to calculate EBITDA look for these expenses on the first page of
the return and on the supporting schedule for the Other Deductions that
are only totaled on the first page of the return. You can usually
find the supporting schedule
in the last few pages of the return.
Some car wash investors calculate EBITDA prior to owner
withdrawals or salaries, but also calculate it after a reasonable
withdrawal or salary for the genuine work that the owner has done (or
will do) at a reasonable market rate. To compare car washes you
may want to calculate EBITDA before the
owner withdrawal and/or salary.
- b.) In the "...amount of loan?" line (line one) enter the
anticipated purchase price. Business financial calculators from
companies like Texas Instruments also call this term "PV", which is
- c.) In the "...payments over the life of the loan?" line
(line three) enter 99. This is just for simplicity. After a
number of periodic payments (annual incomes) the capitalization rate
result becomes closer to the 'correct' number no matter how many
payments (incomes) are entered.
- d.) To simplify, in the fourth line, number of
"...payments...per year ?", enter 1 (one).
- e.) In the fifth line, enter the amount of annual EBITDA
(cash flow) that you expect.
- f.) To the right of the "...interest rate?" (line two)
blank field, click on the "% Interest Rate" button. The
result is the capitalization rate, commonly used to compare alternative
investments (car washes).
calculator you can also determine your return on cash invested
(cash-on-cash rate of return) and the cash return on assets. Most
car wash investors calculate these numbers both before and after the
If you want to
do other calculations and need assistance, or want us to add the
step-by-step instructions for a calculation, please e-mail us and we
will help you.