Pay-back and return on investment for car wash upgrades and retrofits can vary significantly depending on the type of equipment selected to be installed. Installing high performance, reliable solutions are the key to guarantee success. With over 30 years of innovation and countless satisfied customers, the key to our success is simple; our equipment cleans better, more safely, and with less downtime than other brands. Superior performance in all three of these categories is why MacNeil Wash Systems has the reputation of providing the most durable and dependable car wash systems and parts in the industry. Our equipment is innovative, efficient, modern, and built to fit the needs of any professional car wash.

5 Reasons to Retrofit your Car Wash Equipment

As a carwash 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 If your equipment is old and outdated, it might be time for an upgrade. 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  • Your technology is outdated.

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 Value

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? Carwash 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.

5. 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 are 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.


As a third generation car wash owner, Glen Sheeley has professional car washing in his blood. His interest was fueled at the young age of 12 while attending his first Car Wash Show with a family friend and fellow operator. While his parents were networking at the show, Glen saw MacNeil’s helix arch in operation for the first time and at that moment, one thing became clear: he had to incorporate MacNeil equipment in the family business.

Watch this video and hear first-hand from Glen Sheeley on how upgrading his wash to MacNeil equipment resulted in higher efficiencies, profits, and most importantly higher levels of customer satisfaction.

For more information on Glen’s successes, read our Customer Spotlight of the Month piece on him and his business Wash Company in Middletown, New York.




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