When you buy a car wash equipment at a dealership, it’s a big deal, because it could be your only chance at a new one for decades.
But, it could also be your last chance, and buying a new car wash or other equipment could mean you miss out on the next generation of the same product.
“It’s a risk,” says Gary Sorenson, vice president of the Car Wash Industry Association, a trade group that represents about 70 car wash companies.
“You don’t want to take chances with your business.
And it’s the only way you’re going to save money on the dealership.”
Here’s how you can determine which equipment to buy and when.
Which car wash brands should you buy?
If you’re shopping for new car washing equipment, it helps to have a good idea of what you’re looking for.
Some manufacturers will have a listing of products that are “in the works” at their store.
If you go to your local car wash, you can check the status of that project.
“If it looks like a project that we’re working on, we’ll send you a link to our website, where you can buy,” Sorensson says.
“We do have some equipment that is in development and we’ll let you know when it’s ready.”
But he cautions that you shouldn’t shop for products that have been discontinued or that are no longer being sold.
That way, you’re protected from any future price hikes.
Also, you should keep in mind that many of the newer car wash products aren’t designed for longer-term use.
So, you’ll want to check to see if the new car is suitable for use with older equipment.
When should you start your search?
The time it takes to find the right car wash depends on several factors, including how long it has been on the market.
“The sooner you buy, the more likely you’re to be able to save,” says Paul Siegel, a vice president at the Carwash Equipment Association.
If it’s been in production for a while, it might take a while to get a good sense of its performance and reliability.
“And then you want to look at the cost of the new product, which is not necessarily a good thing, because that could drive up the price you’re paying,” Siegel says.
Where do you buy your car wash?
The best time to start a car washing search is before the winter storm hits, when the demand for washing equipment is at its peak.
But that’s not always the case.
“People will shop in January or February when they’re more likely to be buying new cars,” Sorkins says.
So you should start your car washing searches before that season hits, but be sure to check with your dealer before the spring.
“Even though the market is looking a lot better for new vehicles than it has in the past few years, it can be tough to get the right kind of equipment,” Srinssons says.
The key is to search for the products that meet your needs, and be sure you can pay the price that you can afford.
How much does it cost?
Some of the best deals on the street come with price tags.
But you can also find bargains in stores and online.
“Car wash equipment usually goes for about $100 to $200,” Sotheby’s spokeswoman Karen Todaro says.
You can expect to pay anywhere from $60 to $100 for a single car wash.
And the price will vary depending on the brand, Sorenons says, so make sure you have a clear understanding of the type of product you’re getting.
“Make sure you know what you want and the equipment you’re buying,” he says.
What is the quality of the equipment?
“It depends on the type and quality of equipment you need,” Soreson says.
He recommends getting the best-quality car wash for your vehicle.
“That will allow you to maintain a good quality,” he adds.
“A lot of times, a quality car wash will have an extra coat of protection, which will protect your paint and vinyl and make the paint and the rubber more durable.”
Also, “I recommend you buy something with a long life, because you don’t need to worry about it breaking down,” he explains.
Sorensons says you should consider the condition of the materials used in the car wash as well as the type. “
As long as it’s not going to break, it should be good.”
Sorensons says you should consider the condition of the materials used in the car wash as well as the type.
“For example, if you’re washing vinyl, then you may want to choose something with an older finish,” he points out.
“Then you could look at other materials like the wood.”
What kind of cleaning products are available?
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