BLUE COW CARWASH, MT. VERNON, WA
BLUE COW EXPANDS TO MOUNT VERNON
Go to the Blue Cow Carwash website and words like fun, comical, and light-hearted come to mind. Visit the locations and you’ll experience the most professionally run car washes around. Employees outfitted in Polo shirts with the Blue Cow logo and khaki pants bring home the message that these folks take quality service seriously. The Mount Vernon site sits on an acre and hosts a five-bay self-serve with an in-bay automatic. Looking to expand, Nelson removed the existing in-bay automatic that was originally built and added a 24 by 100-ft MacNeil tunnel. This location certainly warrants the size with high traffic counts in a heavy retail area.
PROFESSIONALISM, SPEED AND CONVENIENCE
The residents in the surrounding five-mile radius of Blue Cow have not historically had many precision offerings in the way of car wash options. Blue Cow provided just that solution of quality service and professionalism that patrons were longing for in the area. “Our employees wear nice uniforms and are trained with consistency in mind,” explains Nelson. This professionalism along with speed and convenience were surely factors in building what would soon become a high- volume site.
NEW SITE MEANS NEW EQUIPMENT
A second location for Blue Cow meant duplicating the successes of Nelson’s first site while mitigating the problems this time around. As a board member of the Western Car Wash Association, Nelson has attended most of the car wash shows throughout the years, giving him exposure to various manufacturers. Tasked with equipping his second car wash location, however, he looked back at the decisions he made with his first site in deciding what company to go with. “The first wash has been in business for thirteen years and is by all standards very successful. But, it has seen a lot of maintenance in its time—maintenance that I don’t want to repeat with the new site,” he explains.
With longevity in mind Nelson spent a great deal of time in choosing his equipment manufacturer and ultimately furnished the entire wash with MacNeil equipment. His choice to do so was largely a result of needing both quality in equipment and service combined. As he explains it, “There are so many moving parts in the tunnel and in the back end. If you’re not mechanically inclined, you’re going to need people who know the technical and mechanical aspects of the business. MacNeil is the best at providing this.”
TRIED AND TESTED START-UP ADVICE
With two successful car wash businesses running, Nelson is in a good position to offer advice to aspiring car wash owners out there. “There are so many factors involved. First, diligently do your research and surround yourself with people who have knowledge of our industry. The next steps after that are to establish a good location and choose an equipment manufacturer you can trust.