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Spring into education

We’ve elevated our marketplace knowledge in recent months.


Rich DiPaolo is the Associate Publisher – Editorial of Professional Carwashing & Detailing magazine.

For many Americans, the months from April to June bring good vibes and a turning of the seasons for the better. Warmer temperatures, lighter clothing and apparel and friendlier weather — particularly good for carwash owners and operators — is ahead from the cold, snowy, windy conditions of winter.

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After all, when your customers feel better about the weather, they want to get out and about and do things that make them feel good, such as getting the car washed.

Springtime also brings about longer days as we set the time forward an hour. Known as Daylight Savings Time, most Americans welcome this event. According to a poll conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Americans enjoy Daylight Savings Time because “there is more light in the evening/they can do more in the evenings,” including taking a visit to the carwash.

As a result, these months through November ensure longer hours of productive operation and more days of simply being open to serve customers.


For members of the Professional Carwashing & Detailing team, this past spring offered unique opportunities to elevate our own marketplace knowledge and awareness.

For instance, similar to many other carwash professionals, members of our team were in Las Vegas for The Car Wash Show™ 2017, presented by the International Carwash Association (ICA) from April 4-6. In addition to hearing from many readers, we attended several seminars while at the show.

This event brings together the best minds in our industry, and this show and its educational seminars should be on your radar for 2018. Be sure to regularly visit www.carwash.com/category/the-car-wash-show for updates on next year’s event.


Also, in May, members of our team traveled to Grimes, Iowa, to check out National Carwash Solutions’ (NCS) new training facility. While at the facility, we sat in on a course geared toward new investors. For a recap of our visit, including photos, please visit www.carwash.com/pcd-visits-ncss-new-college-clean.

However, regardless of the season, whether you have decades of experience in carwashing or you’re a newbie, technology and customer needs are evolving so fast that it’s never a bad time to spring into education.

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