A number of additional profit centers exist that allow carwashes to appeal to more customers and grow revenue. Offering more products and services, like pet washes, can attract new and different patrons to your business and help an owner cultivate a more diverse and successful wash.

Pet washes can often be added to an existing carwash with little effort, depending on the brand and type purchased, believes Keith Caldwell, vice president of All Paws Pet Wash. Some types of pet washes can be placed inside a bay, while some require a little more space to function properly.

“A streamline flip-model pet wash can simply be placed in an existing carwash bay, taking up no additional space,” says Caldwell. “A modular pet wash is typically tied into existing utilities at a carwash location. This type of pet wash typically requires about a parking stall’s worth of space.”

Carwash operators should also consider any requirements by governing bodies. “Most building and zoning departments now require that pet washes meet or exceed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements,” shares Caldwell.

Owners and operators should be sure to consider how the pet wash will be delivered. Some are fully assembled while others arrive in kit form and need to be put together, possibly necessitating professional setup.

“Labor and installation costs are worthwhile considerations to the overall cost of a pet wash project,” notes Caldwell.

Add-on extra services

A pet wash itself is an added service, but extra options can also be included for even more profits. Caldwell states that while not necessary, add-ons will give customers chances to spend more money with your business.

“In our experience, pet treats are a valuable vending option,” notes Caldwell. “Other vending options include extra disposable hand towels and disposable aprons.”

Pet owners will be happy because their dogs are clean, and pets will be happy to receive the treats, adds Caldwell.

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