How to Choose the Right Equipment Manufacturer

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Starting a new car wash business can be daunting. There’s a lot to consider, from site selection to financing to hiring the best staff.

With many new products and manufacturers on the market, it’s hard to know where to begin. As a car wash owner, you want to select equipment and supplies that are built to last and will get your business up and running and keep it running long-term.

Ask yourself what you want in a manufacturer. Do you want them to assist with the installation? Do you want them to provide training? Will they help you with maintenance? With many different brands at different price points, here are a few ways to help you narrow down the choices to one that suits your needs.

Do Your Homework

When choosing a manufacturer, look into all your options. Get references from current and past customers. Check testimonials. Find out how long each company has been in business. A manufacturer that’s been in the industry for a long time has likely built a good reputation. Ask what other car wash operators are using. Are their choices contributing to their success, and why?  Visit sites where the systems are installed so you can see them in action first-hand.

Choose a Manufacturer That Supports You

It’s a big purchase, so it’s important to choose a company that employs a team that will stand behind you. The deal should only just begin once you’ve signed on the dotted line. A good manufacturer will have a knowledgeable team in place to offer everything from financing advice to technical support.

Product Knowledge Is Key

Does your manufacturer stock replacement parts? How quickly can they be delivered? Do they keep you informed as new and interesting things come to market? A good manufacturer also offers training on their systems. MacNeil, for instance, offers College of Clean training, a hands-on, interactive experience. Sign up to learn anything from maintenance and repair to cleaning solutions management.

Need help choosing the right manufacturer for you? We can help.

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