When shopping around for new equipment for your car wash, you have probably heard all types of information from different car wash manufacturers trying to sell your their products. But what about what you haven’t heard? More importantly, what about what they won’t tell you?
There are certain things that you should know about your car wash equipment before you buy; even if most typical car wash manufacturers won’t tell you, we will. Here is what you need to know:
Increase your car wash’s productivity without adding new wash bays
Most sales teams will try to convince you to add extra wash bays in order to maximize your profits. However, before you go buying an extra wash bays, you should try upgrading your current ones. This is because there are wash bays that are exponentially more productive than your current ones. MacNeil Wash Systems, for example, recently started offering a mini-express tunnel that cleans up to 150 cars per hour.
For many car washes, these insane levels of productivity add more value than two additional car wash bays. As Gregory Hamel of Demand Media said in a recent article about business productivity, “Higher productivity can increase a company’s profit margin in addition to raising total profits.”
Value for your car wash equipment will come from more places than just the price
Cheap car wash equipment is exasperatingly common. The manufacturers of low quality car wash equipment will try to convince car wash business owners, especially those who are new to the industry, that all car wash equipment is essentially the same, because they all “wash cars.”
While all car wash equipment technically provides customers with some type of a car wash, they are definitely not all the same. Here is why:
Different levels of resource management
As time goes on, you will discover that your car wash’s most expensive asset is neither the land that you operate on nor the equipment that cleans your customers’ cars. Instead, the cost of your washing chemicals (water, soap, etc.) will add up more quickly than you could have thought possible. A cheap set of car wash equipment will use these assets liberally, driving down your ability to break even, let alone make a profit. Instead, you should specifically ask about car wash equipment that minimizes chemical use.
People care about their cars. If all they wanted was a quick rinse, they would’ve used a hose. They expect a quality wash with different feature options. Cheap car wash equipment typically does the bare minimum; when customers notice this — and notice they will — your reputation and ability to attract new business will be harmed.
Looking for Quality Car Wash Equipment to Stay Competitive?
Having effective car wash equipment can mean the difference between success and failure. If you want to drive business away from your competitors, you’ll need to invest in effective equipment. This is where you can rely on MacNeil Wash Systems to help you succeed.
For over 30 years, we have provided a variety of quality car wash equipment options for hundreds of clients across North America, and we can help you bring more profit to your business. We will find the right solutions to fit your business. Learn more about our car wash equipment, or get a quote, and take a step towards a more profitable business.