Three Reasons Car Wash Business Is Growing

If your local car washes seem busier lately, chances are you aren’t imagining things. According to market research from IBIS World, US car washes nationally are currently experiencing 2.9% annual growth—growth that is accelerating for three specific reasons:

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1. Cars and Money

US auto sales in 2015 reached their highest point ever, clearing the previous record set 15 years prior thanks to a rare combination of cheap gasoline, improved employment, and low interest rates. For car washes, this is excellent news. Consumers with the money to now buy new vehicles, some for the first time, have good motivation to keep those new cars looking great and running well.

2. Land and Water

We’ve written before on the water waste and environmental damage resulting from driveway car washing, and thanks to awareness campaigns led by state governments and environmental nonprofits, it’s a message that’s entered the public consciousness in a visible way. With modern car washes recycling water, closely managing detergent waste, and operating with water use as low as 34 gallons / vehicle, car washes today are a far better option for the environment—and consumers are taking note.

3. Better Washes

New car wash development and car wash renovation projects are bringing modern car wash technology to new customers in increasing numbers—and with outstanding results! Modern advancements like the Tommy Transporter Dual Belt Conveyor, Triple Presoak Arch, and Drying Reverse Hugger Brushes allow car washes to wash more cars per hour with faster service times, better and safer cleaning, more complete drying, and an overall better customer experience. For their part, customers respond to these improvements, rewarding the car wash loyal patronage and precious word of mouth advertising.

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4 thoughts on “Three Reasons Car Wash Business Is Growing

  • April 26, 2017 at 3:42 am

    A modern car wash that recycles water, closely manages detergent waste, and operates with low water use is a great option to improve the environment. With all these great benefits it seems like a great time to start one. If you’ve decided to start a car wash business you’d probably want to get the professional help that will ensure you get the proper tools and equipment and get a building that will be able to fit everything.

  • April 21, 2017 at 5:58 am

    Yeah totally agreed with you and I think that with the use of new technology, car washing business will grow more and more. I was thinking of starting my own car wash business and you have made my mind clear about it. Thank you!

  • December 28, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    I believe it’s truly cool that auto washes are working towards water protection. I used to wash my auto in my garage since it spared me a trek and I know I used a considerable measure of water and it all just kept running into the canal, so I stressed over utilizing cleansers and chemicals. I like the auto washes better since they discard the waste safely. Incredible data!

  • June 27, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    I think it’s really cool that car washes are built with water conservation in mind. I used to always wash my car in my driveway because it saved me a trip. I know I used a lot of water and it all just ran into the gutter so I always worried about using soaps and cleansers. I like the car wash services because they dispose of the waste responsibly. Great information!


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