This year the Tommy Car Wash Systems family of companies celebrates fifty years of car wash operations and development. In that time we’ve seen tremendous change sweep across the industry, and inspired much of that change ourselves.
The location and layout of a new car wash can make or break its long-term success, which makes proper design and good site selection some of the most critical and strategically demanding early steps in the car wash development process.
Take away exciting new strategies and proven, powerful tools for market domination in a new educational session presented by Ryan Essenburg, President of Tommy Car Wash Systems.
In “Fundamentals of Express Car Wash Success: How We Wash 400,000 Cars a Year” Ryan will share a cutting-edge car wash business model which in 2015 produced record-setting results: 50,000 cars in one month, 210 cars in a single hour, 2,639 cars in a day, and 419,000 cars in 12 months with a single 130’ car wash tunnel.
Plan to attend this educational session on Monday, May 9 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. during The Car Wash Show in Nashville, TN And don’t forget to visit Tommy Car Wash Systems at booth No. 1312 for full-size equipment demos a video tour of our latest express car wash design.
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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:
You’ve got the location, the demographics, the business plan, and the financing. You’re all ready to begin construction and launch your own brand new car wash!
Unfortunately, even the best entrepreneurs don’t know what they don’t know and mistakes are bound to happen. At Tommy Car Wash Systems, we’ve been helping new entrepreneurs with building and operating car washes for over forty years and we know what it takes to be successful and how mistakes can be avoided for best overall results.
A few years ago, Target department stores introduced a design feature keeping with their overall branding: large red concrete spheres placed outside the their stores. This design turned out to be fantastic for a few reasons: They offered curb protection, they were attractive, and the red circle tied very well into Target’s overall ‘bulls-eye’ symbolism.
These attractive concrete barriers form a good point of reference for the topic of the day: The humble Tommy Ball.
First-time investors, owners, and operators aren’t always prepared to answer the important questions that car wash development can raise. Considerations need to be made for site layout, pricing, advertising strategies, marketing budgets, staffing, and much more. But as far as car washes go, few choices are as vital as those deciding which car wash equipment will be installed inside the tunnel.
A car wash is, of course, a facility that washes cars and if the equipment behind that wash process isn’t up to the task the car wash will experience great difficulty.
Problems typically crop up in the following areas:
What might the perfect car wash venture look like?
- Washes shielded from competition
- Recognized household brand name
- Visible, effectively designed marketing campaigns
- Supporting a full time maintenance worker and accountant
- Ample well-trained staff
- Outstanding car counts and ROI
- Low per-site overhead
- Diversification of investment between locations