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While many businesses produce profits,the self-service car wash business can be a highly profitable business. The car wash industry is a unique one. It offers high income potential by allowing for low labor cost and inventory. Owning a car wash can be expanded into related areas such as full service,exterior automatic and detail centers.

Today’s Modern Car Wash

In the beginning, self-service car washes offered limited services which were simply high pressure wash and rinse with vacuums for the inside of the vehicle. Today,the car wash facility has developed into a complete car care center with a wide range of services and income producing options that are available. Today’s consumer is looking for value and quality service for their car cleaning needs. The self-service car wash provides them with just that.

In-Bay Automatic

With today’s demands on time and convenience, an in-bay automatic proves to be an essential component for successful modern car washes. It is convenient and takes less time than self-serve washing. Over 43% of self-serve locations have an in-bay automatic wash. One in-bay automatic typically generates the income of 3-5 self-serve bays. With that kind of income potential in a single bay, selecting the right in-bay automatic is very important.
When considering an in-bay automatic, it is important to understand the different types. In-bay automatics are classified into two categories: touch-free or friction.

Touch-Free Automatic

A touch-free automatic uses high-pressure passes and cleaning agents to clean the vehicle. No equipment comes into contact with the vehicle in a touch-free automatic. Touch-free automatics provide a high quality wash in little time. A typical wash takes on average between 2 and 5 minutes depending on the options that were selected. With that convenience,customers are able to get in and out and be on their way.

Friction Automatics

Friction automatic utilizes top and side brushes that rotate and make contact with the vehicle in order to clean it. Friction automatics can also utilize high-pressure passes and cleaning agents in combination with the brushes to aid in the cleaning process. Both friction and touch-free automatics have low operating costs, are easy to operate, convenient for customers and can be operated without an on-site attendant.
To maximize your carwash potential, it is important to choose an automatic that is loaded with features and options that customers can choose from features that, not only provide a clean vehicle, but also put on a good show, making the car wash a fun experience!

Features like:

• Hot Foamy Presoak
• Tire Cleaner Applicators On-Board
• Undercarriage Wash
• Scrubbing Action Oscillating High Pressure Wash and Rinse
• Soft Touch Brushes
• Rocker Panel Sprayers
• Wheel Brushes
• Triple Shine Foaming Conditioner
• Sizes the Vehicle - Length and Height
• Spot-Free Rinse
• On-Board Blowers
• Rollover Design for Faster Wash Cycle

Self Service

While many businesses may produce profits, the self service car wash business will bring profits much more pleasurably. The in-bay car wash industry is a unique one. It offers high income potential by allowing for low labor cost and inventory. Owning a car wash can be expanded into related areas such as full service, exterior automatic and detail centers. The in-bay self serve car wash is an industry which offers car cleaning services to the motoring consumers who can wash their own vehicle. By vehicle, we mean that you can wash cars, trucks, boats, campers or anything that is portable. With this in mind, imagine how many "dirty" vehicles are in your area alone!

In the beginning, self-service in bay car washes offered limited services which were simply high pressure wash and rinse with vacuums for the inside of the vehicle. Today, the car wash facility has developed into a complete car care center with a wide rang of services in income producing options that include:

  • Count down timers
  • Low pressure pre-soak
  • Low pressure tire/engine cleaner
  • High pressure hot soft water wash
  • Foaming brush for scrubbing action
  • High pressure clear cold soft water rinse
  • High and low pressure Clear Coat Protectant
  • Low pressure spot-free rinse
  • Bug Remover
  • Powerful vacuum cleaners
  • Interior fragrance machine
  • Interior shampooer machine
  • Interior fragrance machine
  • Vending products
  • TripleShine® Conditioner
  • Triple Color Foam Brush

Entrance Controllers

Offering an automatic entrance controller at an automatic bay compliments the entire package.It welcomes customers with a vibrant greeting and gives them instructions and options. With an automatic entrance controller,the customer is given several payment options and the average per wash income is increased when customers can pay with credit cards, coins, bills, user codes or any combination of thereof.
All components are intended to create a unique wash experience that will keep them coming back.
It’s true! The self-service car wash business can be very profitable. Of course, profitability depends on a few contributing factors.
Location, competition, equipment, services, appearance and management are just some of the factors that lead to a profitable location. Many ask how the self-service car wash business can be so profitable. Here’s how:

• Low labor cost... typically only one part- time employee
• Low direct operating cost • Cash only...coin/token/credit card operated machines means no account receivables and no personal checks
• Customer provides labor
• Inventory is small
• Open 24 hours a day
• You control prices for special promotions
• Not just a seasonal business....car washes are used year round
• Broad target market... anyone who owns a vehicle,regardless of age, income or gender
• Fixed costs such as bookkeeping and insurance are minimal
Why do so many people invest in the self-serve car wash business?
• High rate of return on initial investment
• Easy management
• Minimal labor issues
• No cash flow or inventory control problems
• Cash business - no accounts receivable
• Tax incentives
• Expansion Opportunities

 


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