Car Washes

  • ID: 1052570
  • July 2015
  • Region: United States
  • 10 pages
  • First Research
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Brief Excerpt from Industry Overview Chapter:

Companies in this industry provide cleaning, washing, and waxing services for cars, trucks, vans, and trailers. Major US companies include Autobell Car Wash, Blue Beacon International, and Wash Depot (all based in the US), along with IMO Car Wash Group and Mr Wash Autoservice (both based in Germany) and Uhoda (Belgium).

Worldwide, there are more than 150,000 retail car wash locations, according to the International Carwash Association. The most pressing issues confronting the global car wash industry include discretionary income, gas prices, environmental concerns, and water. Germany is home to a particularly high number of commercial car washes. Russia is a major growth market.

The US car wash industry includes about 14,000 companies with combined annual revenue of about $6 billion. The industry includes full- and self-service car wash facilities, as well as truck and bus washes and vehicle detailing services.


Demand is driven by new car sales and growth in consumer income. The profitability of individual firms depends on favorable location and efficient operations. There are few economies of scale. Chains have advantages in advertising and customer recognition. Small firms can compete successfully by having good locations. The industry is highly fragmented: the 50 largest US companies hold less than 20 percent of the market.


Major services are exterior wash, exterior and interior cleaning, waxing, underside cleaning, vacuuming, and premium detailing. Detailing services consist of intensive interior and exterior cleaning, as well as waxing...

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Industry Overview
Quarterly Industry Update
Business Challenges
Business Trends
Industry Opportunities
Call Preparation Questions
Financial Information
Industry Forecast
Web Links and Acronyms

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