Automotive detailing has been around for decades, and many of the tools and techniques used today have been around since the beginning. That isn’t to say there have been no innovations in this area of the car care industry.
The orbital tool has been part of the trade since the 1970s. Today, however, the dual-action tool is taking over. Operators can choose between Flex, DeWalt, Porter-Cable and other manufacturers. You can find air tools in this category, if you are so inclined.
A rotary shampooer has been a staple in the detailing business since the 1980s, but required an air compressor, so it wasn’t used very often. The full service car washes of today are now using this revolutionary friction scrubbing tool in increasing numbers. It allows them to offer more services and remain competitive. If your business is going to offer to clean carpets and upholstery, this is a must-have.
Introduced about 15 years ago, the vapor-steamer was slow to catch on in the industry. There was some initial resistance to change, and the units could be quite costly. Today it is part of most operators’ arsenals because it excels at cleaning hard surfaces, including leather and vinyl seats, dashboards, and door panels. It works well on cleaning small spaces like the ashtrays, map pockets, the insides of glove boxes, center consoles, and even works on windows. Prices range from $100 and can go as high as $1,400.
If you own a car wash business that offers detailing services, you need to invest in some of these innovations. Car wash pumps are important, of course, but the real money is in the detailing. If your car wash pumps were making you enough money by themselves, you wouldn’t need to offer other services, like detailing. Since that is not the case – there is always more money to be made – you should check out these trends.