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What’s on tap for car wash systems in 2019 and beyond? Find out!

According to Car Wash Magazine, there may be an economic downturn on the horizon, but there’s a lot to look forward to. After years of significant growth, a slow-down might be in the forecast, but the car wash industry is still growing overall.

Low interest rates are attracting investors from all over, and mom-and-pop shops continue to crop up, as do private investment groups that are building car washes everywhere.

It’s a good time for operators to evaluate their offerings. With minimum wage on the rise and the cost of real estate changing, operators need to take a look at what will make sense for their business in the long term, whether it’s to ensure they provide offerings that stand up to the competition, or converting to an express wash.

For those considering opening a second location or a moving toward an automated system, the hot real estate market and potential of good interest rates may make 2019 a good time to turn ideas into reality.

To make small improvements with big impact, it’s also a great time to consider upping the ante on your car wash game. Customers want the whole package: a clean, shiny car and an awesome experience. Put the fun into function by adding lights, colored soap, wax applications and fragrances for a show that will grab a customer’s attention.

Keep them coming back. Even in an economic downturn where customers begin to examine their purchase patterns with sharper eyes, there’s still a market for convenience. It’s a time-saver, and one more thing off a busy customer’s plate for a nominal increase in price. Offering a reward or subscription-based pricing can help both the business and consumer. The customer will have confidence in what they are paying up front, and it will keep them coming back instead of straying toward other options.

For those looking to make a long-lasting investment, MacNeil’s EVO-XR Belt Conveyor offers easy, low stress loading. Its smooth ride is customer proof! Customers can brake or turn their wheel with no effect on the system’s operation, and no part of the system touches the wheels or tires.

Are you ready for 2019? We can help you iron out the options and create a plan that’s right for you. Connect with us today.

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