It is a proven statistic that during recessionary times, the maintenance industry excels. The car wash and valeting industry falls into this category. Subsequently, car owners are taking more care of their vehicles as they are holding onto their cars rather than replacing them.

One Dublin based car wash and valeting company has stolen a march on their competitors by making their car wash and valeting service environmentally friendly. Eco Car Wash uses only 2 litres of water per wash where their innovative trolley operated system is in operation. In sites where power washers are installed, only 50 litres of water is used as opposed to the 175+ litres by traditional methods. Only natural, biodegradable solvents dissolve the dirt. The process leaves no suds and no excess water in the car park. With the imminent arrival of water metering, the Eco Car Wash philosophy of using less water will also become extremely economical.

The service is proving a winner, and Eco Car Wash is now franchising the operation. The company offers external hand wash and valeting services at shopping centres, retail parks, forecourts and multi-story car parks across Ireland. They operate from either a fixed location or from a number of mobile trolleys which can be easily moved from one car to the next.

Eco Car Wash Business Development Manager, Kieran Redmond, explains "The service has become very popular, especially in shopping centre car parks. Today's car owner is proud of their car's appearance and values it as a status symbol. They resent waiting in car wash queues and they think having the car cleaned while they are doing their shopping is a great time saving idea."

Eco Car Wash has just opened six franchised outlets in Dublin and the southeast and other locations around the country are under negotiation. There are currently opportunities in Dublin and nationwide.

Kieran added: "We provide the franchisee with a proven business concept, a ready-made market in an exclusive and secure location, full training, local market analysis, manager and staff uniforms' and all the equipment needed to start the business. Strategically placed signage ensures that the consumer is fully aware of the services available. The process is simple". Apart from learning the practical side of the business, franchisees are also given professional sales and management training to enable them to set up and run their own business under the Eco Car Wash umbrella.

The great attraction of this business is that it is recession proof. People still have to get their cars cleaned and in fact the decline in new car sales demonstrates that consumers are now holding onto their car for longer and are more likely to want to take greater care of their car to ensure a good trade-in price in the future.

Another attraction is the low start-up costs. There are very few opportunities available where you can have a ready to go business in a prime retail location for as little as €12, 000- this makes it a very affordable proposition.  

The other great advantage of this franchise model is the repeat business. Kieran comments that many of the Franchisees now enjoy regular business from repeat customers who have their cars cleaned weekly as part of the shopping trip. Securing repeat business brings great peace of mind to the franchisee, who don't have to rely as much on having to constantly look for new customers.

In summary, Eco car Wash can offer you an excellent opportunity to become successfully self-employed by offering:

  • A low investment opportunity
  • An eco friendly service
  •  A proven business concept
  • A ready made market- thousands of vehicles pass through each of our sites per week
  • Full site set up
  • Full set of equipment
  • Full insurance cover
  • Uniforms
  • Unrivalled initial guidance and assistance
  • Ongoing sales and marketing  support
  • Assistance in areas where you may have less experience or skills
  • A dedicated Area Manager

If you would like more information on becoming an Eco Car Wash franchisee please fill your details in the form below and a member of the franchise team will be in touch. 

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