Mike worked for a full-service car wash and went to work every day, happy to have a job. But he wasn’t too enthused about his work environment. Employee morale was so-so, and most long-time employees were merely going through the...
A lot of car wash owners I talk to want to convert their wash to an express model. The desire to do so is based on a couple of factors: to reduce employee headaches, promote monthly memberships, update tired equipment,...
When is it time to change the services you offer to your customers? What services do you add or do away with? How do your services compare to those of your competitors? Is it time to renovate your existing location?
Congratulations! Your detail operation is up and running and you have customers. So now that your employees are buzzing away, completing paid job after paid job, you need a way to keep track of all that incoming revenue.
People make mistakes. Electricians make mistakes. Installers make mistakes, and employees make mistakes. Let’s be honest. I make mistakes, and most of you reading this can likely recall making a few boneheaded mistakes in your...
Your car wash implements a costly new training program for employees and then, like any smart business does, spends the next few months measuring its effects.
As operators of a professional car wash we are always looking for ways to increase the sales of our top package. What more can we add to it, what more can we do? How can we give our top package increased value for the customer?...
I recently received a call from Bill Roberts, owner of Miriam South Car Wash in Lakeland, FL. Bill wanted to let me know he had just sold his business, how happy he was with the price, and that he was now retired.
I see a wave of “mini express exterior” washes as the next evolution of car washing. They are being put together even as we speak. My reasoning in short: The current traditional express wash cost is about $3 million to $3.4...
People new to the industry often ask what is the best type of car wash to own and operate. The answer usually given is to choose the type that best suits one’s lifestyle and yet fits into the marketplace.
The car wash of tomorrow is really about technology. It’s amazing how technology has become so ingrained in our culture in such a short period of time and how fast it has advanced.
Are you thinking about financing to acquire the equipment or technology your car wash business needs? You’re not alone. According to a recent Equipment Leasing and Financing Association (ELFA) study, 78 percent of businesses used...
The automotive detailing world is seemingly in its “second round” of buzz about ceramic coatings. They first made the scene around the mid-2000s with promises of “never touch the vehicle again” or “no more scratches.
“Can you imagine?” I love learning new things. I’m that guy: the one who sees a news story on facial recognition and thinks, “One day, monthly plan subscribers will be able to drive up and enter a wash with nothing but their face.
Harry Sandwith has always had a passion for motorcycles. A passion he has turned into a thriving detail business that has become a Mecca for motorcycle enthusiasts throughout New Jersey.
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