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Conquer Your Competitors: 12 Ways To Be The Car Wash Of Choice

In an ever-evolving industry, competition is fierce. It can be difficult to differentiate and establish your brand’s identity. Difficult, but certainly possible. When running a successful car wash, it is often the finer details that make all the difference.

 

Let’s look at 12 ways to help your site stand out from the crowd, attracting new customers whilst simultaneously building trust and loyalty with your existing clientele.

 
  1. Provide a superior wash experience
    Focus on offering both value and speed. Customers utilising automatic washes seek to have their car sufficiently cleaned in the shortest time possible. However, speed should never sacrifice quality. Balance between an expedient, yet thorough wash service is key.
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2. Never compromise on wash quality to save $
Quality is crucial; therefore, a consistent clean, and efficient wash-cycle is vital. Frequent servicing, coupled with titration testing, greatly reduces the likelihood of unexpected breakdowns and downtime.

3. Ensure easy wash access and exit
A well-designed car wash is a successful car wash. Customers want an easy, stress-free experience. If something is confusing or intimidating, chances are, your customers won’t return. We highly recommend using a specialist who can custom tailor your design & manage the architecture, civil, hydraulics, traffic & acoustic planning for you.

4. Manage car wash traffic on busy days
Don’t let long wait times drive your customers directly to your competition. Not only can excessive wait times create discontent among customers, but they also cost the business through lost revenue and ROI.
5. Be a stickler for cleanliness
The presentation of your car wash is paramount, It directly represents your brand. Your facility should present as clean as possible, demonstrating your pride in both the car wash and industry itself. This means no chipped paint, no broken equipment and certainly no buildup of dirt, sludge, or mould…your customers will appreciate it.
 
6. Avoid mixed messaging 
Simplicity is key. Communicate your offer, value, and promotions with clear, and concise language.
Your signage needs to convey both the value and price of your offer(s), with efficiency and ease.
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7. Look at things from your customers perspective
Whilst you have sound understanding and experience with the equipment, presume your customers do not.
Take a step back and observe. Examine if your systems run as smoothly as planned and make subsequent user-friendly changes where necessary (E.g.Hard to access wash bays, inconcsistent or over-stimulating signage).  

8. Be active on Social Media and connect with your local community
When it comes to online content, freshness matters. Social media being no exemption. 
Be sure to regularly share updates, promotions and run customer-led competitions. Have some fun with your page(s); set up a catchy company description, and connect with your local community. Social media is the perfect breeding ground to create a sense of community and credibility for your brand. Your customers want to know what’s new, so tell them. 
Check out our social media resources here

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9. Greet customers with a smile on arrival, and a thank you on departure
It’s not enough to just have an attendant on site. It’s crucial to actively interact with your customers. Show them how to get the best out of the equipment, learn your regular’s names and thank them for visiting.

A simple smile and enthusiasm go a surprisingly long way. Warmer tones are often mirrored by your customers. Creating a memorable experience, and direct reflection on your brand.

10. Staff should be well presented
Just as the presentation of your site is imperative, so too is the appearance of your staff.
As champions of your brand, your team should present in a clean, professional, and easy-to-identify uniform.

11. Be consistent
Great wash quality and value for money will ensure your customers are satisfied, building trust and loyalty in your brand. Whilst a singular positive experience may not produce immediate brand advocacy, negative encounters will result in immediate critiques.  
 
 

12. Identify your point of difference and advertise it
Competition is fierce within the carwash market. Own your brand and pinpoint your competitive edge. Example: “Hot water in self-serve bays”.
It is essential to tout your values, cement them in the community’s mind. Increase your perceived value with your strong branding and advertising.

 

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6 Ways to Make Your Car Wash Stand Out

6 ways to stand out against your competition

As any industry grows, more players come to the game. This can seem daunting but it’s also an opportunity to focus on how you can create a better offer & show why you’re better. You all know that quality, well-maintained equipment & premium chemicals are a must, so this list talks about some more unique ways of standing out.

1. Above & beyond…

Deliver extraordinary customer service. It’s not enough to have an attendant on site. They need to actively go up & interact with your customers, show them exactly how to get the best out of the equipment & learn the regular’s names. Finish off by thanking them for visiting the car wash.

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2. Kind gestures…

Hand out cold waters on those hot summer days. It’s hot on the forecourt & a cold water will never go unappreciated.

3. For the love of kids…

Lollipops for kids & treats for dogs. It goes without saying that people love their kids & their animals. If you show them some love, you create loyalty for life.

4. Feedback…

Address customer pain points. Seek feedback & take action on criticism. Don’t assume it works well – ask the people who pay to use your facilities.

5. Socialise…

Be social in every way. Get active in your local community, help raise funds for charities & show up on social media. Share local events, lost dog posts & celebrate your customers.

6. Make them smile…

Surprise & delight customers. Hand out free fragrance trees, wet towels or hold a sausage sizzle on the weekend.

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Time to Titrate

The warmer conditions are here & these environmental changes often require alterations to your chemicals. We recommend you titrate monthly to ensure superior chemical delivery.

Get your Titration Test Kit from Prowash here >>

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What We’ve Been Up To…

Car Buffs at Raymond Terrace waved goodbye to their aging M5
to make way for a LaserWash™ 360 Plus
Splash N Dash in Merimbula removed their LaserWash 4000 to
upgrade to the LaserWash™ 360 Plus

Want to know more about what the LaserWash can do for you & your car wash business?
Watch videos of it in action, see it’s ROI generating features & optional extras.

Don’t forget the fundamentals of Car Washing

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Effective Car Wash Menu Board Signage

Effective Car Wash Menu Board Signage: It matters!

You’ve financed, planned & built your car wash. But how much energy have you dedicated to your car wash signage, in particular your car wash menu board signage. The menu board at your car wash is critical to get right. Think of it as a 24 hour sales person. The menu needs to quickly & simply convey both the value & price of your offer to your customers.

Your car wash menu board signage firstly should:

  • Be appealing
  • Be clear & simple
  • Align with your brand
  • Communicate the value & difference between the different wash packages
  • Include any usage terms & conditions 
 But that’s not all- there’s some little details that will make all the difference & we encourage you to speak to your designer to incorporate the following points into your artwork: 
 
  • Aim to only have 3 wash packages, or less – research shows more than 3 creates customer confusion over the options
  • Your top wash (the most expensive) should always be first on display – top or top left, the same way we read. The text should be larger than the other options on your board.
  • The top wash package should also be highlighted in a contrasting colour to draw the eyes attention to it & increase conversions of this wash package.
  • As a rule, if people are in a rush or feeling pressured to make a decision they will opt for the most noticeable.
  • If you have a wash club or loyalty programme, advertise it somewhere on the board showing the potential savings for regular washers.
  • Avoid any pointless information – your customer is concerned about what they are getting & what it will cost them, nothing more.
  • No clutter. Avoid excess images & colours.

Below is an example of an effective car wash menu board signage that we recommend for our Carwash World customers that follow the tips above:

We cannot stress enough, owning a car wash is owning a retail store. You need to make this process as simple to understand as possible while explaining the service & the value the customer can expect to receive for their money spent. Simplify the process! We always suggest no more than 3 wash packages & don’t go overboard on pointless details that your average Joe customer won’t understand. If you’re not sure how your car wash stacks up as far as ease of use & offer goes, invite 10 acquaintances who don’t use your wash to try it out. Ask them to fill out a 10 question survey & give feedback on how they found everything. Chances are, there are things you thought were pretty straight forward that are confusing for your customers.

‘Discovery exists not in seeking new lands but in seeing with fresh eyes.’

We have pdf versions of these suggested menu board templates for Carwash World customers.
Send us an email marketing@carwashworld.com.au

 

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Increasing Your Car Washes Earning Potential & Retaining Customers

Increasing your car washes earning potential & retaining customers

These are 2 things that should be high on your agenda as a car wash owner.  Increasing your car washes earning potential means maximising the ROI of every square metre of your car wash site. If you’re washing 60+ cars, per day, regularly in your current Laserwash 360 (or other automatic car wash) or you run a self-serve only set up, you’re going to want to do your homework after reading this post.

Car washing is changing. Customers are demanding a faster, more efficient service. The offer is starting to evolve.

Owners are being pushed to think about

WASHING MORE CARS, FASTER. But how?

 

Additional Automatics = Fast Cleaning + Happy Customers + Fast ROI

The trend of 2, even 3 autos on a site is increasing at pace. A car wash business with 2-3 touch-less automatics in Australia is becoming the norm, removing customer frustrations at having to wait in lines. We’re seeing increased turnover by approximately 30-40% almost immediately with the addition of an extra Laserwash 360+. Experienced owners know they’re leaving themselves exposed to the competition by not adapting their offer to suit the needs of the consumer.

Are you maximising your sites potential?

First things first, you need to know your numbers. Above we mentioned the 60+ sweet spot that indicates a car wash is potentially ready for an investment into an additional auto car wash. We generally see an increase in approximately 30-40% turnover within months for sites who add a second auto. During busy periods, these sites have the potential to wash 200 cars with ease.

Do you know what is your dollar turnover in your self serve bays on average, every hour? This is an ideal starting point to assessing whether an investment into a second Laserwash 360+ could work for you. Even if you were charging above the industry average of $2 per minute for the services in your self serve bays, with lost time (customers making selections etc) you’re potentially going to be generating around $100 per hour.

A premium Laserwash clean, sold at a conservative wash price of $15 per hour, at an average of 12 cars per hour would potentially generate $180 per hour. Now you need to consider, is there potential to increase the income of your self serve bays – generally the answer is no. Not significantly enough to rival the turnover of the Laserwash automatic car wash.

Reinvesting into your business creates growth. Removing the customer frustration of waiting in line creates repeat loyal customers who value your offer. Something important to acknowledge is the fact that sure, you know the numbers currently being washed in your automatic but you have no way of knowing how many customers you LOSE each day to drive offs. Not everyone has the time or inclination to wait in line.

The initial outlay of a new automatic car wash needs to be a calculated financial decision but when you’re investing in the most reliable, premium touchless wash option on the market today, the Laserwash 360+, we know most customers are getting an ROI easily within 12-18 months. This investment strategy is also a way to ensure that you keep out any potential competitors in your area. Trust me, when people drive past your car wash & there is always a long queue, the first thing people are thinking is, that car wash is always busy, that’s a good business to get into. Don’t leave your business exposed.

Want to run the numbers with us?

We know exactly what turns a car wash business into a success & it’s actually fairly simple formula. That’s why so many car wash owners trust Carwash World.

Send us an email: marketing@carwashworld.com.au



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Car Wash Retrofit Case Study

Car Wash Retrofit Case Study

In this car wash retrofit case study we cover how one regional car wash was able to retrofit to a PDQ Vehicle Wash LaserWash 360 Plus for immediate growth.

Car Wash Retrofit Case Study

Originally installed was an aging Water Wizard, in bay automatic, that was not producing a quality clean. It was clear this site was not fulfilling it’s potential with the current equipment. It was retrofitted with a LaserWash 360 Plus with dryers, high side blasters & OverGlow. In addition, the substandard chemical that was previously used was replaced for the far superior Blendco soaps (which we recommend to all of our customers). This vastly improved the clean, the customer experience & the perception within the local community.

As part of this car wash retrofit, adjustments were also made to the wash packages, menu-board signage, self serve bays & pump room which are detailed below.

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WORK UNDERTAKEN:

  • Retrofitted Water Wizard to a LaserWash 360 Plus (inclusions dryer, high side blasters & OverGlow).
  • Entry system changed to a Hamilton – meaning the site can use RFID & wash club packages.
  • Increased the price of the wash packages & reduced it down to only 3 choices from 4.
  • New signage for the wash packages with the top wash taking up the majority of the space on the board & highlighted in yellow. Consequently the percentage of sales of the top wash is now a huge 84% after these changes.
  • In both the automatic & self serve bays introduced Blendco chemicals replacing the cheaper generic brand. Creating a far superior wash result & over time actually reducing cost per wash.
  • Added Splatterwax with Carnauba to the self serve bays & a general upgrade of equipment.
  • The addition of tap & go payments to self serve bays.
  • Major fine tune of faulty pumps & plant equipment which was compromising the integrity of the wash finish & increasing overheads.
  • Improved lighting & security for after hours cleaning.

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THE RESULTS:

  • Increase of 100%+ on numbers of cars through the automatic wash. Increase on ROI with the introduction of dryers, OverGlow & high side blasters adding both an actual dollar & consumer perceived value to the wash package.
  • Average dollar in the self serve bays increased from $5 to $7 on average per car. (Amendment – since going to print, self serve is now $8)
  • Blendco chemicals providing a much more thorough & consistent wash result & reduced the amount of chemicals required to clean a vehicle leading to lower cost per wash.
  • Positive user feedback was received as opposed to complaints. The wash acquired many new regular customers as well as gaining back some previously unhappy customers.
  • Maintenance overheads were lowered significantly by replacing an aging machine.

Is not spending money on upgrading costing you customers? This is question you’ll need to ask. Sooner or later there will come a time where you need to  assess if your car wash is living up to it’s revenue potential based on offer, catchment, demographics etc. As shown above, making an investment into your car washing equipment can help grow your business & lessen some of the stress that unreliable equipment puts on operators.

If you’d like to talk about how to achieve these sorts of results at your own car wash follow this link: www.carwashworld.com.au/help

 

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Carwash World now Distributing Tommy Tunnel Car Wash Systems

Carwash World is proud to announce that we’re now Australia-wide distributors
of the premium Tommy Tunnel Car Wash Systems.

This addition of Tommy Tunnel Car Wash Systems to our suite of quality car washing equipment is due to the increased desire of car wash operators to clean a high volume amount of cars in the shortest space of time possible.

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Tommy Car Wash Tunnel Systems are free standing, conveyor tunnels designed for high performance using state-of-the-art stainless steel equipment. In addition their innovative designs ensure a quick & efficient installation process. The Tommy Transporter Dual Belt Conveyor moves cars smoothly through the wash with no guide rails. This reduces the risk of vehicle damage and equipment breakdown. With over 45 years in the tunnel washing industry, Tommy Car Wash Systems are a tried & trusted supplier of equipment.

Tunnel car washing is a staple in the US marketplace. Now starting to be recognised by early adopters in Australia as a means to generate a considerably higher ROI compared to an in bay automatic set up. Express Car Wash Tunnels at capacity, have the ability to clean in an hour the same amount of cars an IBA can clean in a day.

Clean more cars. Faster.

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Using a combination of soft cloth friction, high pressure water & precise chemical application these tunnels can clean & dry a car in under 3 minutes all while the next vehicle is just centimetres behind, easily loaded onto a wide, easy access drive on conveyer system.

Ideal for unusual or difficult long blocks that don’t suit a traditional set up. The future of high volume car washing is here.

If you’re interested in washing 400+ cars per day – contact us here to learn more.

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10 Car Wash Business Commandments

Is your car wash business delivering on our Top 10 Car Wash Business Commandments?

 

Owning a car wash can be a lot of work. Staying on top of employees, marketing, social media and ensuring your equipment is delivering the best possible wash to name just a few responsibilities.

In the interest of not complicating things, we’ve put together a list of 10 Car Wash Business Commandments that you should be trying to focus on to ensure that your customers are satisfied and you’re profitable.

It really doesn’t matter whether you’re running a single in bay automatic or a 40 foot tunnel – these non-negotiables stay the same.

  1. Focus on offering both value and speed – customers who use automatic car washes are looking to have their car sufficiently cleaned in the shortest amount of time possible.
  2. Keeping your site super clean and well maintained – just because it’s a facility to clean your car doesn’t mean it should look dirty. In fact, it should look as clean as possible to show how much pride you take in your car wash. This means no chipped paint, no broken equipment and certainly no build up of dirt, sludge or mould.                                 
  3. Clear signage, great lighting & quality cameras – communicate your offer, value & promotions with clear, concise signage. Great lighting is a wonderful marketing tool & also makes your customers feel safe. Quality cameras are also a must.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
  4. Ensure equipment is simple to use for customers – yes, YOU use the equipment every day but your visitors do not. If something is confusing or intimidating (ie hard to access wash bays, triggers on hoses that get stuck) chances are people won’t come back.
  5. Don’t have too many wash options to chose from – customers want choice but not too many. Research shows that too many options leads people to feel overwhelm. We suggest no more than 3 options for your automatic car wash – ditch the cheap, budget wash & watch your profits grow.                                                                                                                                                 
  6. Maintaining & servicing your equipment – you have spent a considerable amount of money on equipment so you must service regularly to avoid unnecessary breakdowns or repairs. Downtime = Loss.
  7. Making sure your chemical delivery is on point – especially important for a touchless car wash but also relevant to any car wash. Running test washes & making tweaks to chemicals regularly is a must.
  8. Creating relationships with customers – building & maintaining a relationship with customers is imperative for repeat business. Utilise your attendants & their customer service skills as well as social media to communicate how much you value their business.
  9. Invested staff – your employees need to have synergy with your brand & offer. They need to hold the businesses values front of mind. It’s important that they have been trained to have a broad knowledge of the equipment & the product delivery.
  10. Strong offers & promotions – keep things fresh & inviting by creating deals your customers will get excited about & to entice new customers. Discount codes, giveaways on Facebook & Unlimited Wash Clubs are all excellent ways to add more value.

No matter how busy you are in business, if you simply ensure you focus on the 10 Car Wash Business Commandments above you’ll have yourself a popular car wash that the locals love to visit.

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Car Wash Technician in South Australia

Car Wash Technician South Australia

Exciting news! Due to growth & demand Carwash World now has a full time car wash technician in South Australia.

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Ryan is joining the Carwash World team from October 1 & will be the full-time car wash technician in South Australia. He will be available for car wash maintenance & repair work from this date.

Carwash World Director, John Sewerle said it was time that Carwash World had a permanent technician on the ground to ensure the needs of South Australian customers were met quickly & efficiently. “Carwash World has seen a considerable amount of growth over the past 18 months. Our focus is to ensure that our customers, who are our number 1 priority, have access to great technicians at all times”.

To find out the benefits of using a trained car wash technician you can read our blog post here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Car Wash Water Recycling Systems for Australia

We’ve all seen the news & are aware of how dry it’s been this Winter. Now is good time to discuss the benefits of using Car Wash Water Recycling Systems.

Given that Australia is experiencing one of it’s worst droughts in years, it’s a poignant reminder that this lack of water could in fact affect car wash businesses like it did in the early 2000’s. Between 2001-2003, the water crisis was so severe that local bodies were looking at introducing restrictions on car wash businesses. Even going so far as to propose locking meters & preventing trade. It wasn’t until the Australian Car Wash Association stepped in to negotiate & introduce sustainable car wash practices. Car washes had to show these governing bodies that they were using Car Wash Water Recycling systems & were not completely reliant on a fresh water supply. In fact, for car washes that were using recycling units, their impact on water usage was less than households who were at that time restricted to using water on odd days.

Given todays climate, we encourage you to answer the question, are you prepared?

  Aside from the ability to continue trade, the benefits also consist of immediate savings when you invest in a water recycling system. Without a water recovery unit not only are you going to be paying more for water usage but also for wastewater removal & disposal.  

 

As a guide, our users can recycle at least 80% of the water consumed in their automatic car wash using a water-recovery system. Using recycled water, you save approximately 200 litres per car at a minimum. Immediately lower your overheads by reducing your use of fresh water supply.

Carwash World has been proudly distributing Con-Serv car wash water recycling units Australia-wide for many years. We have over 100 units out in the field. The unit has the smallest footprint at only 1.5 x 1.5m in size. Cleaning the filter basket is a simple 10 minute per week job. The main filter automatically back-washes after every car. A water recycling unit is definitely something to at least consider for the benefit of your business. Got questions? We’re here to help – you can contact us here.

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Using a Trained Technician to Service your Car Wash Equipment

Benefits of using a trained technician to service your car wash equipment

Your equipment is the lifeblood and income generator of your business so there should be major importance on using a trained technician to service your car wash equipment. If I asked you, do you service your own car? Most of you would reply with ‘of course not’. Yet a lot of car wash sites are servicing their own equipment without the proper equipment knowledge. Worse still is that some car washes are not servicing their equipment at all!

I read a fabulous quote online the other day. It’s a great reminder to any business owner who fails to see the value in maintaining their machinery.

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You may have staff at your wash sites who’re mechanically minded. Perhaps you’d consider them pretty well versed with your equipment. You’re possibly still on the fence as to why you should be using a trained technician to service your car wash equipment.

Here’s some things to consider as to why your car wash business will benefit from using a trained car wash technician for both service work and troubleshooting.

 

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Let’s go into a little more detail:

  • If a technician services your equipment regularly they will be very familiar with your business. That means equipment, site set up, plant room etc, should you be having issues.
  • Service work can be booked in advance. This gives you time to ensure you have the funds allocated when the time comes rather than forking out for a surprise breakdown!
  • Technicians are factory trained to identify, diagnose and solve issues. This means making adjustments during routine services to ensure your equipment is running to its full capacity and avoiding unnecessary breakdowns.
  • Owners & staff are generally time poor. Their emphasis is on customers and the needs of the business. Owners and managers should assess whether that time could be better allocated to dollar producing, customer attaining and retaining tasks.
  • Technicians can solve issues faster. Their intimate knowledge of the equipment means you’ll be up and running much faster than you trying to do it yourself.
  • Sometimes technicians have the ability to dial in remotely to assess and troubleshoot any issues you’re having. Often techs can fix an error without the need of an on-site visit.
  • Carwash World techs offer phone support for errors and breakdowns. Perhaps you’re encountering an issue and you’re unsure of its severity. Just give us a call. The first 2 phone calls regarding a single incident is free of charge & any calls thereafter are charged.

The expert service you receive when a qualified Carwash World car wash technician maintains your equipment will give you piece of mind that your equipment is fully maintained and operational. In the event of mechanical issues our team will have you up and running as quickly as possible with a goal for a first-time fixed resolution.

Carwash World has technicians on the ground in New South Wales & ACT as well as South Australia. If you’ve got questions about servicing your equipment Contact Us today, we’re here to help.