Is an in-bay hand-held dryer right for your self-serve car wash business? In the past couple of years, hand dryers have become very popular with self-serve customers, and many people are starting to expect this feature when they pull up to a self-service bay. Car wash operators who have installed drying systems in their self-serve washes have seen that at least 80 percent of customers are using the new feature and are purchasing more time on the wash. Customers enjoy the added ability to completely dry their cars and get a professionally detailed look, and car wash owners enjoy the added profits. Motorcyclists, especially, are looking for hand dryers in self-service car wash bays. Additionally, customers who opt to purchase the dry time are often the same customers who will purchase additional car wash vending supplies, as well.
If you plan to add a hand-held dryer to your self-service car wash bays, consider whether your bays are designed to accommodate them. Most dryers can be integrated into the main wash without a lot of problems, but consider whether your electrical system is designed to handle the load. Normally, the pressure washer pumps are not running when the dryer is on, so there will be no increase in electrical demand. The electrical cost is only pennies per use, so there will be a very small increase in expenses for a relatively large increase in profits. With a fairly low initial investment in equipment, materials, and installation per bay, the units will most likely pay for themselves in 12 to 18 months. Kleen-Rite stocks several models of in-bay hand-held dryers, including the Air Shammee by Diskin Systems, which features three tangential discharge motors, air speed of over 180 miles per hour, and a lighted dome available in any standard color to coordinate with your car wash’s color scheme.
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