Business & Marketing

13 Must-Know Detailing & Car Wash Industry Statistics

1. The car wash industry is growing at a rate of 3% year over year According to MarketWatch research, automated car washes will likely grow at a rate of 3 percent year after year by 2023, partly due to consumers are becoming more tech savvy and a mature American market. Growth could be limited due to awareness, so having a solid marketing strategy is key in a slow growth industry. (Source: MarketWatch) 2. Large car wash chains represent less than 20% of the market [...]

2019-09-13T00:48:36+00:00September 13th, 2019|Business & Marketing|0 Comments

7 Best Car Wash and Detailing Trade Shows & Conventions [2020]

If you are in the car wash business in the United States any level –from a convenience store owner, car wash owner, or mobile detailer, I wanted to take the time today to list a few of the best trade shows and conventions to add to your calendar this year. Networking with other detailers and business owners is a great way to check out the latest technology and detailing products, and many don't cost that much. In this post, I'll break down these tradeshows [...]

Unhappy Customers or Negative Reviews in Auto Detailing? What to Do

If you run a mobile detailing business or even a traditional full-service car wash owner, you're bound to run into an unhappy customer from time to time. Some of these complaints may be warranted – maybe one of your guys was having a bad day. Lot's of things can happen. The best approach is to always reassure the customer and assure them that your top priority is their satisfaction. In this blog, I'll cover a few strategies I have heard in the detailing community [...]

Taxes 101 for Mobile Detailers: Mileage, Deductions, and Entities

So, you want to be a mobile auto detailer but you’re unsure of how to start your company, how to manage your books or do your taxes? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Today's post is brought to you by Shawn Dalton, a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Ohio. Shawn has over 5 years of experience in tax accounting/preparation and business formation. Below, he shares a few tips for understanding taxes, deductions, and how to set up your business if you [...]

Mastering the Auto Detailing Sales Pitch [Guide]

The sales pitch. Get a winning template, and you can use it like a secret weapon to win customer after customer. In detailing, there are many opportunities to try our your sales pitch on customers over the phone (when they contact you), as well as a mobile detailer, fleet washer, or even car wash owner. Your pitch will probably be a little more professional when selling to property managers face-to-face, so it's important to have a gameplan going in. In this blog, I'll break [...]

Insurance 101 for Mobile Detailers and Car Wash Owners

Whether you are a mobile detailer, work alone, or have a physical location with employees, having insurance is super important as a business owner. For today's post, I enlisted the help of Stephanie Dohmlo. Stephanie is a twenty year veteran of the insurance industry, having served as an agent, broker, and worked in compliance. After having her son, she started writing process and procedures for insurance agencies, and I am excited to share this information for everyone looking into insurance for your car wash [...]

8 Tips for Starting a Fleet Washing Business [For Beginners]

One of those not-as-often-talked-about businesses closely related to mobile detailing is fleet washing. Business owners that invest thousands (sometimes millions) of dollars in trucks, vans, or other fleet vehicles usually understand the need to keep them clean from time to time. After doing a quick Google search for fleet washing services in my area, there nothing really stood out. Sure, you've got pressure washing companies, but very few options for fleet washing as compared to mobile detailing. In this blog, I'll break down the [...]

How to Set Prices As An Auto Detailer [For Beginners]

Properly setting prices as an auto detailer is probably the most important details of running a profitable detailing business. While you want to remain competitive, you need to know how much money you are currently making, what your services are actually worth in the market you live, and how much you can charge your customers. In this blog, I'll break down a few keys to setting prices for beginners, and 5 tips to keep in mind. Tip 1: Know your Profit Margins Instead of [...]

Car Wash Software 101: POS, Booking, Marketing & More!

Implementing software is the key for scaling really any car wash business, and allows you to compete in the modern world. From mobile apps that detailing companies may want to offer their customers, to software that controls a car wash tunnel, there are a bunch of different types of software in this industry that do different things. It can be confusing when purchasing a car wash 'software package' that claims to do everything, when it may in fact not have the capabilities you need. [...]