Car Wash Wealth Insights with Whitney Elkins-Hutten

Whitney Elkins-Hutten, a successful real estate investor who has transitioned from active to passive investing, discusses car wash investing and how it can be a great asset class for investors. She shares her journey from being an accidental rental property owner to building wealth through rentals and flipping properties. Additionally, she talks about depreciation and paper losses for passive real estate investors and how cash flow can benefit those who invest in car washes. Finally, she touches on topics such as mitigating expenses by updating equipment to save energy and money, using technology to pre-program subscription models, the potential of tax benefits when investing passively in a car wash, and how the market analysis should be done to determine potential supply and demand. 


Tune in now to learn more about car wash investing from Whitney Elkins-Hutten!


[00:01 – 05:44] Opening Segment

  • Whitney Elkins-Hutten is a successful real estate investor and a director of Investor Education 
  • She started in real estate by accident in 2002 when she bought a house with a significant other
  • She and her husband have 6,500 residential units, 2200 self-storage units, and seven express car washes


[05:45 – 11:02] Unlocking the Potential of Car Washes: Cash Flow, Equity, Tax Benefits, and More

  • There are four different types of car washes that you can invest in DIY cement bay, tunnel wash, flex service wash, and full-service wash
  • Car washes are becoming more popular as an investment avenue due to tighter markets and rising interest rates
  • Third-party management is needed for larger private equity groups and IPOs
  • Cash flow increased through a monthly subscription model
  • Equity leveraged by increasing income and adding additional streams of income


[11:03 – 17:09] Lowering Expenses and Increasing Income Through Technology: A Look at Car Wash Market Analysis

  • Updating equipment and water reclamation systems to reduce expenses and be more environmentally friendly
  • Modulating the tunnel for electricity and water usage
  • Capturing customer information to market upgrade specials, share with family/friends
  • The tax benefits of investing passively in a carwash


[17:10 – 23:10] Water Reclamation Systems and More Efficient Equipment

  • Cost of water mitigation through efficient equipment
  • Market analysis criteria such as population growth, income growth, job growth, traffic count, etc
  • Water allocation to businesses versus residential


[23:11 – 28:29] Closing Segment

  • Best investment: Mindset
  • Worst investment: not thoroughly vetting an operator
  • The most important lesson learned: not taking yourself too seriously



“Everybody says to start with why.” – Whitney Elkins-Hutten


“There’s multiple oil change places and lube facilities in town. Now with car washes, this is where we think it’s fascinating because as the potential moves toward more electric cars, we’ll see many of those facilities go away. But guess what? Electric cars still have to be washed.” – Whitney Elkins-Hutten

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About our Guest

Whitney Elkins-Hutten

Whitney is a real estate maven who, after purchasing her first rental in 2002, and hitting a homerun, then nearly losing it all on her second deal, took control and figured out how to invest in real estate the right way. She realized that success must leave clues. So, she studied and replicated the very personal finance and wealth creation strategies the wealthy use to create financial freedom.

Today, Whitney is a partner in $700M+ of real estate —including over 5000+ residential units (MF, MHP, SFR, and assisted living) and more than 1400+ self-storage units across 7 states—and experience flipping over $3.0M in residential real estate.

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About the Host

Taylor on stage

Hi, I’m Taylor. To date I’ve acquired, partnered on, invested in, or had a hand in over $150 Million in Commercial Real Estate Investments. I help busy professionals invest in multifamily and self storage real estate through my company NT Capital

I started the Passive Wealth Strategy Show to teach busy professionals how they can build passive cash flow and protect their wealth by investing in Main Street real estate, instead of Wall Street.

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