With fancy technology and flashy light shows, today’s automatic market can, at first, seem like it’s leaving self-service car washing behind.
The single most important decision in evaluating a business is pricing power. If you’ve got the power to raise prices without losing business to a competitor, you’ve got a very good business.
Long-term success in the car care industry requires constant education. Operators need to stay abreast of the latest technologies and techniques in order
The Southwest Car Wash Association’s Annual Convention and Car Wash Expo for 2019 took place in Arlington, TX Sunday, February 24 through Tuesday, February 26.
Any of you who have managed to slog through any one of the more than 40 articles I have written in the last 15-16 years already know that at some point I am going to tell you about the three types of water used in vehicle...
Not too long ago (Auto Laundry News, September 2016), I wrote about the impact a $15 minimum wage could have on the car washing industry and how inaction could significantly impact revenue growth.
The 2019 National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Show took place at the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco, CA, January 24-27.
According to industry surveys, the average crew size for a full-service conveyor wash in 1991 was four off-line positions (two managers, two clerks) and 23 on-line positions (13 full-time, 10 part-time).
The wants and needs of the American consumer are in a constant state of flux. However, over the past decade these changes have been so drastic that many industries have been forced to evolve at an accelerated pace just to keep...
One of the most effective upselling strategies in menu design is focusing the majority of the sign on the top wash package. Visually representing all the services in the top package and minimizing the lower packages will lead to...
The information presented in this profile results from an analysis of data provided in Auto Laundry News annual operator surveys (1997-2017) and several other sources including the International Carwash Association.
For several years I have seen 10 pins at the end of a long lane, waiting only for me to knock them down. Once the ball was thrown, returned to me, and the pins reset, I never thought much more about the experience.
As detailing pros, we all know not to work on vehicles in the sun. UV rays soften up the clear-coat surface on autos and make them susceptible to scratching and swirl marks.
The express-exterior car wash format may be changing the industry into a more impersonal business but there are still plenty of opportunities for folks who want a traditional mom and pop business.
The 18th annual Mobile Tech Auto Recon Expo (MTE) took place January 10-12 in Orlando, FL. It was held this year at the Orange County Convention Center.
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