Ask most car wash managers (or retail business managers in general) what the hardest part of running the business is and they’ll likely tell you that it’s not the equipment, the materials, or the customers – it’s managing the people. Even with a fantastic team the work that goes into balancing everyone’s schedules, hiring, and training requires a tremendous amount of time and energy.
Location is critical for the success of any business, and car washes in particular rely on the strength of their site to drive traffic and customer awareness. This makes site selection one of, if not the single most important step when founding a new car wash. But even an ideal location with good traffic count, size, layout, and proximity to desirable destinations like shopping malls or grocery stores, can be undone by a single, often overlooked factor: competition.