Car Wash & Auto Detailing – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts
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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts
- Market size and major product and service segments
- Key industry statistics, trends, and financial ratios
- Operating conditions and current performance
- Competitive landscape and environment
- Major company profiles and market shares
- Five-year outlook and growth forecasts
International Carwash Association
Car Wash Magazine
https://www.carwash.org/ / special-reports
Quarterly trade publication provides news and information for carwash facility owners and operators, with special reports including the "Car Wash Consumer Research Study" which provides an in-depth look at trends in home versus professional washing, why consumers don't use professional services, what they value most in professional services, and factors that affect their choice of a specific facility.
EW Williams Publication Company
Auto Laundry News
http://www.carwashmag.com/ / surveys
Monthly trade publication features news and information for carwash operators, with special features including the annual operator surveys which provide information on wash volume, seasonality, types of services offered, pricing, gross income, operating costs, staffing, and types of equipment used by type of operation (e.g., in-bay automatic, exterior conveyor, self-service, full/flex, and auto detailing).
Babcox Media, Inc.
Publications available from this organization include:
Professional Carwashing & Detailing
https://www.carwash.com / digital-archive
Monthly publication features news and information for carwash business owners and operators, with special features including the annual "Top 50 U.S. Conveyor Carwash Chains" report published each November which ranks top operators by number of locations and includes an analysis of the number of top 50 locations by state. Current and prior digital issues of the magazine are available free online.
Professional Carwashing Industry Report
Comprehensive national survey of carwash operators provides benchmarks for the carwash industry, with topics covered in the report including industry trends and outlook, operator and carwash profiles, location types, customer demographics, revenue and operating costs, marketing and promotion, and pricing, packages, and services by type of carwash (e.g., conveyor, in-bay automatic, and self-serve).
Car Washing Services
Comprehensive market research report provides a detailed analysis of this service sector in the U.S. and selected other countries, with information provided in the report including historical and forecast annual revenues and percentage share of number of carwash facilities by type of facility (e.g., in-bay automatic, exterior conveyor, full service, and self-service). Table of contents is available free online.
Market analysis report provides industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.
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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios
Car & Truck Washes / Automobile Detail & Cleanup Services
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- Income and expenses in dollars and percentages
- Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
- Profitability and return on investment ratios
- Liquidity and working capital ratios
- Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
- Capital structure and debt service ratios
Auto Laundry News
Annual surveys for various types of operations (e.g., in-bay automatic, exterior conveyor, self-service, full/flex, and detailing) provide information on operating costs as a percentage of revenues, with cost categories including rent, equipment and building maintenance, labor, utilities, chemicals (e.g., soap, waxes), advertising and promotion, insurance, and damage claims. Surveys are available free online.
Compensation and Salary Surveys
Auto Laundry News
Annual surveys for various types of operations (e.g., in-bay automatic, exterior conveyor, self-service, full/flex service, and detailing) provide information on full-time and part-time staffing levels during the week and on weekends and the percentage of operations paying average hourly wages falling within a specific range (e.g., < $10.00, $10.00 to $12.00, and > $12.00). Surveys can be viewed free online.
Compensation data available from this organization includes:
Car & Truck Washes
Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as general manager, office manager, car wash attendant, auto detailer, lube technician, and cashier, with employers for which wage data is provided including Delta Sonic Carwash Systems, Inc., Mister Carwash, Inc., Wash Depot Holdings, Inc., Mike's Carwash, Inc., and Blue Beacon International, Inc.
Free online service provides salary, bonus, hourly wage, and total compensation data for automobile detailers and other related positions such as automotive detail managers and detail technicians, with employers for which auto detailer salary data is provided including Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company, Inc., J.D. Byrider Systems, Inc., CarMax, Inc., Toyota dealerships, and Gerber Collision & Glass, Inc.
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