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Acid rain and the carwash

Recently, we had a customer come into the carwash and complain about blotches on his paint job. He wasn’t complaining about our wash or our facility, he was looking
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Number crunching

A while back, I received an email from a reader who was thinking about getting into the carwash business. There was a carwash for sale near his home and
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Smelling and selling

Of all the ways to professionally wash a vehicle, self-serve has the greatest opportunity to engage the senses and drive the overall consumer experience. Of all the product attributes,
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To prep or not to prep

In a straw poll recently conducted by Professional Car Care Online™, 80 percent of the respondents said that express exterior carwashes should not engage in the practice of manually
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Raising revenue with radio advertising

When I was in the electrical construction industry the president of the firm asked me to handle the advertising in addition to my estimating and project manager duties. It
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Solve self-serve sediment odors

In a typical self-serve carwash, with a central basin in the middle of the bay, it is extremely difficult to have a satisfactory sediment removal and odor control system.
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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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