5 Reasons to Retrofit Your Car Wash Equipment


As a car wash owner, you’ve likely been working with the same car wash equipment for many years. If your equipment is old and outdated, it might be time for a retrofit.

Not only will retrofitting your facility allow you to maximize your ROI while making the most of what you already have, it’s a great opportunity to reinvent your car wash. You know that ‘new car smell’ we all love so much? An upgrade will offer customers a new, exciting experience for your customers, and reignite the passion you first felt as a car wash owner. It’s that new car feeling all over again!

How do you know it’s time to upgrade or retrofit your car wash? Here’s a few ways sluggish equipment is draining the profits from your business.

  • You’re experiencing a lot of down time.
  • Equipment is slow, so productivity is low.
  • You’re spending a lot of money on repairs.
  • Your technology is outdated.

How can you make a retrofit work for you? 

  1. Tech talk

    New technology helps increase efficiencies and yield better cleaning results. Even aesthetically, better signage can help increase visibility, resulting in better traffic and an increase in potential revenue.
  2. Increase efficiencies

    Adding new features can help increase your price per car by adding value-added incentives. New features, like eco-friendly chemicals, new accessories and automated wash and dry systems will place you at the front of the line with your competitors.
  3. Efficient update

    Replacing old, inefficient equipment will update your look, but it will also lower your operating and maintenance costs.
  4. Conquer the cost

    Worried about the price? Car wash upgrades can be leased instead of purchased, allowing you to spread out the cost of a retrofit over time, rather than sinking a large amount of capital into the project.

Leasing also allows you to test new equipment before making a decision to purchase.

  1. How big should I go?

    That’s up to you. Simple changes in hardware can include swapping accessories, like brushes, and adding eco-friendly cleaning chemicals. A larger retrofit project might swap out an entire system to add a new bay.

What are the deciding factors?

There’s a lot of reasons to retrofit your car wash, but the decision has to be right for you. Create an annual checklist to evaluate where you are at, and consider aspects like: What are my competitors offering? What’s new and exciting in wash equipment? How can I make my car wash more efficient? Am I providing a great car wash experience, and if I’m not, what can I do to get there?

Retrofit your car wash equipment with MacNeil. The leading provider of car wash solutions for over 30 years, contact us today to discuss what option will work best for you.

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