Mobile Auto Detailing and Mobile On-Site Car Washing – How Much Water Do They Use?

Having built the largest mobile car wash business on the Planet and the most efficient systems in the industry over a 27-year period before retiring, folks still to this day email me and ask me questions about the industry. Not long ago someone emailed me claiming to be interested in setting up a mobile car wash business and he asked the following questions:

  1. “How many gallons of water does one wash use?”

  2. “How many gallons a day does a mobile car wash use?”

  3. “How many cars can you do in an 8 hour day?”

Well, for our systems, a really dirty SUV might use 7-10 gallons max, once you get good at it 5-6. Cars between 3-5 gallons, and once you get good about 2.3 gallons per car. This is because pressure washers only put out about (5.5 hp at 1800 psi) 2.3 gallons per minute (20-seconds spray down, 40 seconds of rinse). How many gallons per day, figure a crew of two on a busy day 60-car washes, or 80-100 if you do NO Wax jobs, which hardly ever happens.

A 200-gallon loaf tank is plenty, I recommend that you use a 110-gallon loaf tank if you have a pickup and put it in the back, if that truck is less than a 1-ton. Also this requires a little more patience when driving.

You need to know that this business is not an 8-hour yuppie business day type of industry. You work when the customer needs you. You might get up early one day for rental cars, work late another day cleaning school buses up until 10 PM (BusWash.com) and some customers will demand weekends, fleets mostly, including Sunday if you want to get it all done on time.

If you are a wimp about working more than 8-hours, get a job, join the union, and forget this industry all together. Sorry, for being blunt, but if you don’t have what it takes you have no business being in this industry, it will eat you alive, take all your money too.

It’s like an Ocean Wave; you can surf it, turn your back on it, but it is coming and doesn’t care what’s there. It will bring you a fish or knock you on your butt and drown you, see that point? Again, sorry if you are the academia type, government worker or were a sheltered child all your life, but that’s the way it is.

Auto Detailing and Mobile Car Washing – Doing Business With Ugly Duckling and Rent-A-Wreck

If you own a mobile car wash company or auto detailing firm sometimes the best clientele are companies, which are normally not sought by your competitors due to the stigma of their brand name. But I would advice such mobile cleaning service companies to re-consider such quick judgments and let me tell you why.

With Ugly Duckling and Rent-A-Wreck there is much work in washing and detailing for their car sales lots. As these companies expand we see much potential in the washing for them. For instance Ugly Duckling had our company in San Antonio TX wash all of their cars. They have several more dealerships in Austin TX to sell their used cars as well. Each lot has about 100 cars and takes about an hour to complete. Our team does had done an excellent job keeping them happy. Rent-A-Wreck also has Rent-A-Cars in Florida, California, Arizona and all over Texas in Dallas, Amarillo, Austin, San Antonio, Brownsville and Lubbock. Ugly Duckling has many locations and you can visit their web site to see if they are in your area.

They are in Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and California. They have 85 sales lots in 8 states and they are growing. We saw another one being built in College Station TX when we drove through. Their corporate office is in Phoenix and they sell just over 3800 cars per month on average. Rent-A-Wreck is an awesome company to work with. They have over 400 agency offices and are in nearly every state. They are a publicly traded company also.

I would advise any Auto Detailing Company or Mobile Car Washing firm to consider these possible accounts if they have locations in your region of operation and not allow the silly names to cloud your judgment. We have found success in doing business with both Ugly Duckling Rent a Car and Rent-A-Wreck. If you are looking to expand your customer base you ought to go in and ask them if they need your services. So, consider all this in 2006.

The Best Car Washing Equipment for Amazing Car Detailing Results

Maintaining a car is not one of those tasks that people actually enjoy doing. This is primarily due to the effort and time that the task demands. For this reason, car owners and auto clean professionals are forever on the lookout for efficient car washing equipment that will help simplify the cleaning operations and bring down the time required for the job as well. Thankfully, leading brands now offer an exciting range of powerful and feature-rich machines specifically designed for auto wash applications.

It is now easier than ever before to purchase quality auto washing equipment, such as steam power washers and carpet washers, at affordable rates. The online stores and websites of leading brands feature their various products under different categories. You can easily browse through these products, compare prices and features, and place orders for the products of your choice. So, here is a look at the categories of auto cleaning equipment available for you.

Ensuring Clean and Sparkling Car Exteriors

The car washing equipment that experts recommend for vehicles are the ones that feature the right combination of pressure levels, temperatures, and flow rates. Steam pressure cleaning systems available from top brands come with steam temperatures as high as 250ºF to help dissolve stubborn deposits of dirt, grease, tree sap, and bugs from vehicle exteriors. Steam is very gentle on surfaces and thus presents no risk to car paint. To continue generating hot steam at consistently high temperatures, these car washer systems feature high-grade heating components.

The right pressure levels help eliminate dirt deposits from car surfaces. For this reason, quality car cleaner machines feature pressure levels of around 1500 psi that are just perfect to ensure excellent cleaning results without damaging the surface of vehicles. It is also important for the auto cleaning machines to feature low-flow rates. Minimum use of water contributes to water conservation and makes the car pressure washers ideal for use on delicate parts, such as automobile engines. In addition to auto detailing, the steam cleaning power of car pressure washers helps accomplish applications, such as melting away snow buildup present on vehicles.

For the Cleanest Vehicle Interiors

Vacuuming will not help eliminate dried dirt and tough stains of beverages from the carpets and upholstery in car interiors. For this reason, leading suppliers offer you portable carpet cleaner systems specifically designed for auto detailing applications. These upholstery cleaners eject hot moisture to help dissolve stubborn stains and dirt deposits stuck on the interiors of cars. By efficiently eliminating all traces of dirt, pet discharge, and food deposits from carpets, the portable carpet cleaner machines help eliminate any risk of foul odors in the vehicle.

One important aspect of these upholstery cleaners is its low-flow function that helps maintain car interiors with minimal water. Low-flow portable car wash systems thus ensure faster drying of car interiors. In fact, the best versions of upholstery cleaners ensure that very less water is transferred onto the surfaces, thus ensuring faster cleaning.

These portable car wash machines now help simplify car washing tasks and improve the cleaning results.