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Car Wash and Auto Detailing Services

SIC 7542 | NAICS 811192


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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts


Car Wash & Auto Detailing  (view report)
Gas Stations with Convenience Stores  (view report)

Comprehensive market 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. Report contents include:

  • Market size and characteristics
  • Key statistics and ratios
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major firms and market share
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast


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.



Car Washes
http://www.firstresearch.com

First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations and include a five-year growth forecast. Profile contents include:

  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast


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
http://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
http://www.carwash.com/
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
https://www.strategyr.com/

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.


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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios



Industry Financial Ratios
Car & Truck Washes / Automobile Detail & Cleanup Services
https://www.bizminer.com  Search for "811192" to see reports for specific services

Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.

  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios


Auto Laundry News
Operator Surveys
http://carwashmag.com/

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.


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Compensation and Salary Surveys


Auto Laundry News
Operator Surveys
http://carwashmag.com/

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
Compensation data available from this organization includes:

Car & Truck Washes
https://www.payscale.com/
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
https://www.payscale.com/
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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Business Valuation Resources


Small Business Valuation Multiples

Car Wash and Auto Detailing
https://valuationresources.com/

Comprehensive reference guide provides market-based valuation multiples for small businesses that provide cleaning, washing, and waxing services for cars, trucks, vans, and buses, with facilities used in providing these services including exterior conveyor, in-bay automatic, and self-service carwashes.








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