Wash and dry: Operators have diversified their offerings to build a stronger customer base

The Car Wash and Auto Detailing industry has experienced steady growth over the five years to 2018, as the economy continued to grow and industry operators reaped the benefits of rising employment and per capita disposable income. Severe drops in oil prices during a majority of the five-year period have also encouraged more consumers to hit the road, as lower gas prices translated to a greater amount of car use. As a result, consumers were more likely to purchase discretionary services, such as car washes and auto detailing. Demand for services provided by the Car Wash and Auto Detailing industry is expected to continue expanding over the five years to 2023, albeit at a slower pace than the previous five-year period...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Demand for services provided by the Car Wash and Auto Detailing industry is expected to continue expanding
  • Operators have taken aggressive actions to maximize sales
  • The industry may be constrained by the gradual effects of environmental policies
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The Car Wash and Auto Detailing industry has low barriers to entry. There are only moderate capital requirements for opening a car washing and auto detailing business. Capital requirements are lowest for self-service car wash establishments. A full-service car wash requires the largest capital investment and generates annual revenue between $400,000 and $750,000. Conveyor car washes, or tunnel washes, require the second-highest level of capital investment and can make between $100,000 and $375,000. In-bay automatic car washes earn between $50,000 and $100,000. Self-service car washes require the least capital to begin operations as these only require access to water, vacuums, soaps and sufficient space for vehicles. Self-service establishments generate between $40,000 and $80,000. The...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Car Wash & Auto Detailing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Car Wash & Auto Detailing Industry are

  • Business expertise of operators
  • Proximity to key markets
  • Having a loyal customer base
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Per capita disposable income and Number of motor vehicle registrations in the Car Wash & Auto Detailing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Car Wash & Auto Detailing Industry?

    Operators in the Car Wash and Auto Detailing industry clean, wash and wax automotive vehicles, such as passenger cars, trucks, vans and trailers. This industry also includes self-service car wash establishments. The Car Wash and Auto Detailing industry does not include companies that predominantly change motor oil or provide automotive repair and maintenance services.

    Industry Products
  • Full-service clean (conveyor car washes)
  • Exterior only clean (conveyor car washes)
  • In-bay automatic car washes
  • Detailing
  • Hand washing
  • Self-service bay
  • Industry Activities
  • Automotive detailing services (i.e. cleaning, polishing)
  • Automotive washing and polishing
  • Car detailers
  • Car washes
  • Mobile car and truck washes
  • Self-service car washes
  • Truck and bus washes
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Number of motor vehicle registrations
  • Households earning more than $100,000
  • World price of crude oil

  • Current Performance
  • Improving business conditions
  • Profit rises as industry cuts costs
  • New products and services
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Improving business conditions
  • Industry landscape
  • Municipal regulations and technology
  • Table: Car Wash & Auto Detailing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Car Wash & Auto Detailing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • New Car Dealers
  • Used Car Dealers
  • Car Rental
  • Couriers & Local Delivery Services
  • Taxi & Limousine Services
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Copier & Optical Machinery Manufacturing
  • Soap & Cleaning Compound Manufacturing
  • Water Supply & Irrigation Systems

  • Products & Services
  • Exterior only clean (conveyor car washes)
  • Full-service clean (conveyor car washes)
  • In-bay automatic car washes
  • Detailing
  • Self-service bay
  • Hand washing
  • Chart: Car Wash & Auto Detailing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Businesses
  • Households earning over $150,000
  • Households earning $70,000 to $149,999
  • Households earning $40,000 to $69,999
  • Households earning less than $40,00
  • Government
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Car Wash & Auto Detailing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitWagesPurchasesRent and utilitiesDepreciationOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Car Wash & Auto Detailing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Car Wash & Auto Detailing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Car Wash & Auto Detailing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Car Wash & Auto Detailing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Number of Motor Vehicle Registrations (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
  • The cleaning, polishing and waxing of the outside and inside of a motor vehicle; can include the rejuvenation of the vehicle's surfaces.
  • In-Bay Automatic Car Wash
  • A type of car wash where the vehicle remains stationary while an automatic machine cleans it.
  • Self-Service Car Wash
  • A type of car wash where customers wash their vehicles themselves.
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