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Professional Carwashing & Detailing

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August 2014

Volume: 38
Edition: 08

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Factoring the average profit margin per car washed

Ryan Essenburg
One of the most searched questions in carwashing is the average profit margin per car washed. The answer varies depending on factors like the region, quality of the vehicle output, quality of the operator and equipment brand.
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Waterless washes are fighting misconceptions one car at a time

Joe J. Napoli
While the automatic carwash and the waterless wash industry don’t always agree on everything, they do have some things in common; namely, providing an environmentally friendly car cleaning service. There’s also a lot the automatic carwashing industry can learn from innovation in the waterless market, and how these companies present their services.


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The Top 10 mistakes owners make when it comes to security

Allen Spears and Jennifer Spears
When adding any type of security to your site, it pays to do a little research and make sure you have thought about what your goals are and how best to accomplish them. The last thing anyone wants is to add security equipment, only to realize later that it lacks features you need, or is not reliable.
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Kustom Klean Car Wash

Small town carwash owner/operator Frank Harris shares his tips for success in a town of 10,000 people.
Joe J. Napoli
My advice to those just starting out is to do your homework and know the market before you develop your business model. Be able to keep your business relevant by recognizing shifts in the market and adjusting accordingly once your business has been established.


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The evolution of the carwash arch

Bobby Jones
Ten years ago you could pull into a carwash and be greeted with boring industrial gray square arches that just served one purpose: To wash the car.
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Tire care

How to keep profits from going down the drain.
Joe J. Napoli
Tire shine applicators are usually an add-on that provides that “special something” in the carwash experience. For this service to bring in more revenue for your business, however, it needs to be working efficiently and to be properly maintained.


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Getting down to the “nitty gritty”

Understanding the science that goes behind proper and thorough carpet cleaning.
Bud Abraham

Understanding the science that goes behind proper and thorough carpet cleaning.


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The good, the bad and the ugly sides to customer service

Debra Gorgos
I have written before about Yelp and how it can be a thorn in every business owner's side, or a blessing in a not-so-disguised format. A bad review can lead to a positive change, or a chance for you, as a business owner or manager, to come across as composed, reflective and repentant.


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Cashless telemetry technology

Coinco

Powers cashless and telemetry technology that enables your machines to accept cashless payments by connecting them to the payment gateway.


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Pre-soak kit and blending station

Warsaw Chemical Co. Inc.

Formula 600 Micro Pak AP Hyper Concentrated Liquid Alkaline Pre-Soak for frictionless and reduced friction cleaning of road film, oil and heavy soils.


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Tire Shine Applicator

MacNeil Car Wash Systems

MacNeil’s Gloss Boss tire shiner is now available for in-bay automatics, providing IBA operators with a new revenue generating add-on.


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Touch-free automatic

Coleman Hanna Carwash Systems LLC

Decrease wash time while increasing profits with the Water Wizard FasTrak™.


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Wheel cleaning system

MacNeil Car Wash Systems

The new Wheel Boss Wide Version from MacNeil Wash Systems is now available for in-bay automatics.


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Water reclaim

Coleman Hanna Carwash Systems, LLC

The Sweetwater Reclaim System comes in base units of 90 gallons per minute with 16 cyclones.


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Presoak

Stone Soap Company

New and improved formula added cleaning KEMADE® A Touchless Presoak’s formulation uses chemistry to loosen and remove tough film on glass and paint.


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Around the Industry

There has been a recently proposed bill for carwashes to need licenses and a $300,000 surety bond in NYC, and the Department of Consumer Affairs came out in favor of it during testimony to the city council on June 17, according to the Epoch Times.


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Industry Watch

Motor City Wash Works, Inc. hosted a day-long open house celebration on June 17, which also included an auction fundraiser, demonstrations, food and drinks, and attendees, including members of Professional Carwashing & Detailing magazine, were taken to Comerica Park to see the Detroit Tigers take on the Kansas City Royals.


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Ground Breaking

Thomas Ennis, founder of NS Wash Systems, and Patricia Knott, who together own Green Forest Car Wash, have opened up a Dinosaur Car Wash here as well, according to a Los Angeles Sentinel report.
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