7 Dangers That Can Destroy a Car’s Paint Job – Part 1

Americans love our cars and, considering their importance to our employment, our recreation, and our personal independence, it’s important that we take care of them. But there are many threats out there that can make short work of even the best modern clear coats and paint finishes, leaving your ride looking dull, damaged, and neglected. Here are seven of the worst sneaky threats to your car’s paint job and what you can do about them.

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1. UV Rays

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Small Claims Court: What Car Wash Managers Should Know

Small Claims Courtroom

In many parts of the country the limits on small claims suits are continuing to rise even as the cost to file suit remains low, making small claims an attractive option for many who feel that a car wash has caused harm to their vehicle. If you own or operate a car wash it is likely that at some point in the future you may receive a summons to defend yourself in court. With that in mind, here are some things car wash owners or managers should know first.

The Process

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Text Message Marketing and Car Washes

Text Message Marketing

According to the most recent figures provided by the Pew Research Foundation, in 2014 more than 90% of Americans had at least one cell phone. This majority is remarkable, and dramatically demonstrates the utility that mobile devices offer. In only a few short years the text-enabled cell phone has become a fixture of modern life, serving as an alarm clock, rolodex, diary, camera, calendar, computer, and much more in a single polished package. These devices are our eyes, ears, and our voice in an increasingly digital world.

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10 Principles for Successful Car Wash Employees to Follow

Car Wash Team Member

Many factors contribute to running a successful car wash. The quality of your equipment, a great location, effective marketing strategies… all play a part. But in the midst of all these financial or physical investments, it’s important that car wash operators don’t neglect one one of their greatest resources: their employees.

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5 Steps To Choose the Right Car Wash Location

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When it comes to business, location is everything. For car washes especially, this means that selecting the right location on which to build your facility is crucial. At Tommy Car Wash Systems we have over 40 years of experience evaluating sites for new car washes and determining the potential these locations hold, and we have a deep understanding of the criteria that should considered early on in the process. Criteria such as:

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Wash Operators can Claim a Huge Sales Boost on Black Friday

Cold weather, long nights, roast turkey—and fantastic deals!

Black Friday Car Wash Sales

Black Friday is on the horizon and it is up to car was operators to take full advantage of this season of spending and generate increased membership sales at local car washes. Keep in mind that there are a number of reasons why Black Friday is the ideal time for a new membership push.

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VFD’s 101

Variable Speed Drives – Helping Build a Greener Car Wash

“Variable frequency drives, or variable speed drives (VSDs), can greatly increase motor efficiency in a variety of applications. VFDs are electrical devices which adjust the rotational speed of fan and pump motors in response to varying heating and cooling loads, and thus are much more energy-efficient than constant volume systems. VFDs offer direct control over the motor’s electricity input rather than restricting the load itself by using valves and dampers… VFDs provide significant energy savings because horsepower in motors varies as the cube of the torque speed. For example, if fan speed is reduced by 20%, then motor horse-power is reduced by 50%. The best motor candidates for VFDs are large motors with long operating hours. VFD technology has been available for years and has a proven track record of energy savings and reliability.”

This quote taken directly from the www.greencampus.harvard.edu web site detailing steps taken by Harvard University to reduce energy costs and further advance their green agenda. There are many reasons to increase efficiency in car wash equipment operation, and reducing energy use as a commitment to responsible consumption of Earthʼs limited resources has become top priority. In short, the use of variable speed drives as motor control devices, is one of the best ways for more effective use of energy to power motors in the car wash operation.

Start Up In-Rush Current

In-rush current or input surge current refers to the maximum, instantaneous input current drawn by an electrical device when first turned on. For example, incandescent light bulbs have high in-rush currents until their filaments warm up and their resistance increases. Alternating current electric motors may draw several times their normal full load current when first energized, for a few cycles of the input waveform. This represents the greatest area of potential savings. If the in-rush current can be reduced or even eliminated, as much as 40% of the total electricity used by the motor during starting and running can be saved.

Types Of Motor Loads

There are numerous types of electric motor applications in a car wash. The most common are pumps and blower fans, but electric motor driven cloth and brush assemblies and electric drive conveyors are becoming more popular.

  • Dryer MotorsDryers and blowers offer the greatest potential for savings both economically and environmentally. The load generated by a blower fan is described as a variable torque load, meaning the load increases with the speed of the impeller. Often, variable speed drives controlling blowers will also reduce the speed of the blowers for special vehicle characteristics such as pick up truck beds and convertible tops. Some dryer manufacturer’s impeller design will allow the variable speed drive to “overdrive” the motor to 65 or 70hz and achieve the air flow output of a larger motor without the expense and current load of a larger motor. This is truly a “green” concept.
  • Vacuum MotorsVacuum motor loads are really quite similar to blower or fan loads. Variable speed drives can match the vacuum motorʼs speed to the actual demand load rather than full output, as with an across the line starter.
  • Hydraulic PumpsHydraulic power pumps can be described as a constant torque load. With the proper pump valving, variable speed drives can control the speed of the pump and the hydraulic device while maintaining maximum torque.
  • High Pressure Water PumpsPumps supplying open nozzle manifolds can easily benefit from a variable speed drive. Adding a pressure transducer in place of a mechanical pressure regulator and using the drive to control the water pressure can provide tremendous power savings, in addition to reduced wear on pumps, belts and hoses. The saving effect can be compared to driving a car with the accelerator pressed to the floor and using the brake to control speed. Booster pumps and Air Compressors are also equipment that can benefit from the control a variable speed drive affords.
  • ConveyorsDirect driven conveyors with electric motors are becoming more popular due to advances in motor technology and the control features a variable speed drive offers. Speed and torque can be matched to the exact conveyor load, making for an efficient and green application.

Conclusion

Variable speed drives can offer significant electrical savings, in addition to reduced wear and stress, to many applications in the car wash equipment package. The car wash operator can enjoy smaller electric bills while doing their part to provide an environmentally cleaner, greener operation.

3 Practical Ideas for Local Car Wash Content Marketing

Content marketing can be a tricky concept, but when it comes to local car washes this surprisingly simple strategy can yield significant results. In essence, content marketing is all about providing great informational ‘content’ that paints your car wash in the best possible light and transmits the value and message of your wash into different digital spaces.

Specifically, the objectives to content marketing are twofold:

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