Today I read a poll that GasBuddy.com recently conducted. The basic premise of the poll was to tally how many times a year the average person washes their primary vehicle. The results surprised me a bit. On average, seventy percent of people reporting wash their car less than 12 times a year. Of that 70 percent, 35 percent reported that they wash their car less than six times a year, staggering really. Since I keep my feet wet in both the carwash and pet wash industries, I thought wash trends between the two would be interesting to compare. Most sources would agree that the average pet goes to the groomer every 6-8 weeks. In between groomer visits, pets are normally washed by their owners one or two times. Obviously, this varies by breed and owner, as some pets are washed weekly and some not at all. In a general, it would seem though that Americans take better care of their pets than they do their cars. This isn’t all that surprising considering that The American Pet Product Association estimates that pet owners will spend in excess of $55 billion on their pets this year. With pets living in and amongst us in our homes, it is much more difficult to ignore the same odors and dirt that may be present on our vehicles. All in all, washes are good — car and pets are alike.
p.s. On a totally random note, while researching these trends I also read a few statistics on the number of individuals who admitted their car smelled because of interior garbage. Let’s just say it was in the millions and not just one or two. Interesting or leave a lot to be desired? I vote both.