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Increasing Your Car Washes Earning Potential

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.

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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.

Shoot us an email: sales@carwashworld.com.au

Call us: 0433 233 733

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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.

For any servicing or repair enquiries – feel free to call John O’Neill 0405 133 929 or email service@carwashworld.com.au

 

 

 

 

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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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Managing Social Media for your Car Wash

Managing Social Media for your Car Wash

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Where are you supposed to fit in time for managing social media for your car wash? You’re a busy car wash owner . You don’t have lots of time and small business is stressful enough, I get it. However, you simply can’t ignore that the digital age is forever changing the way we communicate with our customers and how they give us feedback regarding our products and services.

At this point, your eyes might be glazing over as you think  ‘Sarah I don’t want to learn anything new’ to which I say ‘a comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there’. I know you want your business to grow. I’ve put together a cheat sheet for car wash owners to start you on your way to managing social media at your wash site in as little as 20 mins per week. Now in this post I am only going to talk about Facebook as I feel it’s the most relevant platform to start with for a Car Wash business.

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Regularly take photos & videos

This really should take minimal effort. You (or your attendants) should have a pretty major emphasis on customer service. That means actively greeting and helping customers at your wash so make sure your phone is in your pocket. A quick before and after wash photos, videos of the equipment in action or how-to-use tutorial, pics of full wash bays, gleaming paintwork and wet dogs are all great content for your page whilst being an opportunity to interact with your customers.

Run competitions & promotions

Stay front of mind with your regular customers by running season promos and giveaways for seasonal events. Think Easter egg giveways, vouchers for Christmas or give back to the community by donating a portion of each wash back to a local charity.

Apps to make the whole process easier

Today’s phones take amazing pictures and the beauty is, even if the photo is a little sub par you can edit it easily using software already on your phone. So snap away and edit later. An average photo can become an impressive shot by adjusting the light and colour or simply throw a filter over the top of it.

Then you can take your image to the next level and add text over top to advertise your offer. There is a lot of mobile phone apps to add a text overlay, I personally prefer to Canva or Picmonkey on my desktop. I  just find it easier to manage social media on a bigger screen but you do you.

Canva is great because it has predesigned themes so if you struggle to make your marketing material look pretty, it’s all done for you. Simply select the template, upload the image you want in the background, change the text and save. Canva has loads of different pre-designed themes; everything from A4 flyers, gift certificates, Facebook ads and more.

Here’s a great little tutorial on how to create a graphic in Canva to explain it better than I can.

Picmonkey is also a big favourite for me. Similar concept to Canva with templates or design your own options. I find Picmonkey better for making photo collages and designs that I want to create from scratch.

For both of these websites you can upload and store logos/images into their library and adjust the colours of the text to match the colour of your logo and business branding. You really can create something unique and professional for your business.

Here’s a Picmonkey tutorial for you to learn a little more on the amazing things it does.

Other ideas for managing social media for your car wash

Don’t think it needs to be all about clean cars. Just know your community and be relevant to them. Don’t ever underestimate the power of a cute animal video or funny quote – people love them. Share information on local events to keep your followers up to day with what is going on in their neighbourhood.

Did you know?

Flicking through your phone and see a post you think would be good to share at a later date? Save it to share later. Here’s what the SAVE button looks like – you find it in the drop down menu when you click in these 3 dots below:

Plan in out
Put aside 20 minutes per week and aim for just 2 posts per week. Don’t overwhelm yourself with any more than that when you’re starting out. You can schedule posts in advance by selecting the SCHEDULE from the right drop down menu on the PUBLISH button. This allows you to select a time and date that suits you to display the post to your followers.

I hope this gives you some clarity on managing social media for your car wash business. If you have any questions, you’re welcome to contact me to discuss!

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Why the PDQ Laserwash 360 Plus is dominating the touchless car wash market in Australia.

It’s no secret that the PDQ Laserwash 360 Plus holds an exceptional reputation within the car washing community. Why is it dominating the touchless car wash market?

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The Laserwash 360 Plus signage alone proves a distinctive selling point to customers for car wash owners. You’ll see the Laserwash signage being directly imitated by competitors trying to pass their machines off as the same thing.

With over 350+ PDQ Manufacturing Automatic Car Washes in Australia alone, there’s no surprise it’s the touchless car wash of choice.

For Carwash World, as a supplier of premium car washing equipment, the Laserwash 360 models are our biggest seller. The machine’s reputation & benefits helps sell itself before a customer even reaches us. A lot of people have already done their due diligence & know it’s the equipment they want at their car wash.

Regardless of the Laserwash 360 Plus’ reputation & popularity, it’s still important for you to know exactly what the capabilities & limitations of any machine are. You want to ensure that you’re purchasing the right equipment to best service your needs & customers. You’ll need weigh up your thoughts on touchless versus friction equipment. Then if touchless is your preference you need to compare all models available in the marketplace today.

Here’s a comparison of a Laserwash 360 Plus with a run-of-the-mill friction model to start to get us started.

Contactless

The fact that the equipment & the parts make zero contact with vehicles is a major reassurance for yourself & your customers alike. The Laserwash 360 Plus’ design eliminates the concern for damage altogether, in comparison to a friction system that cleans using direct contact on the car for the majority of the wash cycle.

Organic Matter & Contaminants

Baked on bugs, dried bird pooh & lime dust are a test for any touchless on the market due to the lack of friction, (ironically also it’s biggest selling point). Very stubborn contaminants simply will not be as easily removed from a customer’s car without the use of friction. Even though those same customers are adamant they want a touchless wash! This is where consumer education & a great attendant make all the difference to your business. Simply guide customers on what to do in a self serve bay to loosen & remove these contaminants before using the touchless. Ensure customers know how to get an optimal clean of their vehicle depending on what’s on their exterior.

Less maintenance

The Laserwash 360 Plus has less moving parts, a wide-open wash bay & no contact with a vehicle. It’s sleek, innovative & friction-free design means you experience less wear & tear on the machine. Regular scheduled servicing & replacement of consumables ensures this machine is a tried & trusted work horse. Carwash World suggests servicing your equipment every 6 months & for some high-volume sites, every 3 months.

Chemical Monitoring

Being touchless, you’re relying on ensuring you have the optimum chemical delivery running alongside your high-pressure water at all times. This requires regular monitoring & titration testing to provide superior cleans. Friction washes can be a bit more set & forget in this area as the brushes do more of the work when it comes to dirt removal.

Downtime

Less moving parts & no contact add even further benefits over & above the minimal maintenance discussed above. The Laserwash 360 Plus machines overhead design has been refined & simplified further than other touchless designs. It incorporates an aircraft grade anodized aluminium bridge & main rails. Constructed of non-corrosive materials such as stainless & aluminium, with the welded manifolds replacing assemblies of fittings reducing leak points. Furthermore each design feature has been incorporated to decrease overheads & increase your ROI.

Consumer Perception for Vehicle Safety

Whether warranted or not, friction/brush car washes still have a reputation with customers for doing damage to paintwork. Brush technology has indeed come a long way. From hard plastics to now soft neoprene brushes, truth is these brushes still come into direct contact with a vehicle. If the brushes are not clean & maintained regularly, the likelihood of surface damage to paint is high. We see this often in some of the cheap & cheerful petrol station washes that don’t have dedicated staff regularly maintaining equipment to a high standard. A quick scroll of Google reviews of an array of different car wash businesses quickly highlights customer’s positive perception of touchless car washing & in particular the Laserwash, as a reliable & safe car washing option.

Ease of Use for Customers

 

Here’s a comparison of a Laserwash 360 Plus’ open, overhead wash bay versus a competitor’s design with ground rails. Any rollover style, friction or not, makes it much more narrow access for customers. These rails often come into contact with a vehicle’s tyres, causing damage to rims. Consequently this type of access can often be intimidating to both nervous, young or elderly drivers. In conclusion, it’s really important in a business where you are selling a service to limit any barriers to purchase. From uncomplicated entry units, simple payment solutions through to how easy it easy to drive into the wash bay.

Whilst this article does discuss the many benefits of touch-free cleaning, there is definitely times where brush washing can & will suit your business better. Car dealerships, fleet & commercial businesses often opt for brush cleaning as it’s more practical for their business model & end goals.

Got questions about anything Car Washing? Contact the team at Carwash World. We’ve got 35+ years car washing experience & we’re here to help.

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