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Car Wash & Auto Detailing – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 7542  |  NAICS 811192

The following guide to industry research and analysis provides sources for industry statistics, trends, and forecasts, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Car Wash & Auto Detailing  (view report)
Gas Stations with Convenience Stores  (view report)
Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample industry research report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

International Carwash Association
Car Wash Magazine / 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 / 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 / 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).

GIA Research
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

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.

More Resources
For more industry research reports and other resources, see the following resource guide.

Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Car & Truck Washes / Automobile Detail & Cleanup Services  Search for "811192" to see reports for specific services
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample reports on a national and metropolitan area level are available free online.

Auto Laundry News
Operator Surveys

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
Operator Surveys

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.

PayScale, Inc.
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.

Automobile Detailers
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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