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Self-serve

Site attendants: The better way to wash?

Is it worth it to pay the wages for an attendant? This controversial question has been around for a lot longer than the 18 years that I’ve owned our
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Thrifty trends in self-serve vacuuming

From stainless steel canopied islands with combination vacuum/shampoo/spot remover units, to high volume vacuum lanes powered by central vacuums — carwash owners are tailoring their vacuum equipment to meet
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Swivels and brushes and booms — oh my!

The most important components in any business are the pieces used most often by the retail customer. The wands, brushes, booms and swivels at your self-serve carwash come into
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Life in the pits

The original six-bay carwash that we have now was built eight years before we bought it, so the decision on how to build and pipe the pits was not
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The self-serve vacuum evolution

We bought our first carwash in 1988 from the previous owner who had built the wash in 1980 and had installed four vacuums just in front of the bays,
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Self-serve & in-bay: A winning combo

With the carwash industry becoming more competitive than ever before, carwash operators are constantly looking for ways to attract new customers, grow the loyalty of existing customers and, of
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Self-serve token talk

When I bought my first carwash in 1988, the coin acceptors were not as sophisticated as they are now, nor were the tokens for that matter. The acceptors could
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The water that runs a self-serve site

Water is the most important component of all carwashing equipment when it comes to cleaning cars. Without quality water, the finished product will not be satisfactory to you or
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Is it time to express yourself?

Today there are several carwash service options from which customers may choose, such as: Self-service; Automatic; Full-service; and The express wash. The wash everybody is talking about is the
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What's your acceptance level?

Self-serve equipment has come a long, long way. At one point in time, manufacturers would not even grant a warranty on bill validators used in the harsh environment of
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