Squeaky clean: Disposable income and consumer spending will support industry revenue

Over the five years to 2019, operators in the Car Wash and Auto Detailing industry in Canada have rebounded from recessionary conditions. Rising Canadian per capita disposable income has fuelled demand for discretionary consumer services such as car washes. An increase in demand from other vital downstream markets has also boosted revenue for industry operators. Increasing pressure from rising water, electric and regulatory costs hindered profit margins in the industry. In response to federal, provincial and municipal laws regarding water disposal and rising fees for utilities such as water, car wash operators have increasingly installed water conservation and reclamation equipment during the period...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Increasing employment, disposable income and consumer spending will continue supporting industry revenue
  • Profit dropped due to wages' share of revenue rising
  • An increase in employment and consumer spending will drive car sales
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The Car Wash and Auto Detailing industry in Canada has low barriers to entry. 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, with costs ranging between $45,000 and just over $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.The industry is highly competitive, with most of which are small and medium-sized establishments. 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

  • Proximity to key markets
  • Having a loyal customer base
  • Business expertise of operators
  • 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?

    This industry cleans, washes and waxes automotive vehicles, such as passenger cars, trucks, vans and trailers. It also includes self-service car wash establishments.

    Industry Products
  • Conveyor car washes
  • Detailing and hand washing services
  • In-bay automatic car washes
  • Self-service bays
  • Industry Activities
  • Automotive detailing services (i.e. cleaning, polishing)
  • Automotive washing and polishing
  • 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
  • Demand from used car dealers
  • Number of households earning $100K or more
  • World price of crude oil

  • Current Performance
  • Profit drop
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Improving customer markets
  • Reclamation systems and water conservation
  • Industry challenges
  • 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 in Canada
  • Used Car Dealers in Canada
  • Car Rental in Canada
  • Taxi & Limousine Services in Canada
  • Consumers in Canada

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Commercial Leasing in Canada
  • Soap & Cleaning Compound Manufacturing in Canada
  • Water Supply & Irrigation Systems in Canada

  • Products & Services
  • In-bay automatic car washes
  • Self-service bays
  • Detailing and hand washing services
  • Conveyor car washes
  • Chart: Car Wash & Auto Detailing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Businesses
  • Households in the highest income quintile
  • Households in the fourth income quintile
  • Households in the third income quintile
  • Households in the second income quintile
  • Households in the lowest income quintile
  • Governments and nonprofits
  • 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
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Rent and utilities
  • Depreciation
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Car Wash & Auto Detailing

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

  • Industry Globalization
  • Table: Petro-Canada - financial performance

  • 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 (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Number of Motor Vehicle Registrations (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Conveyor Car Wash
  • Any car wash where the vehicle is placed on a conveyor system and pulled across stationary cleaning equipment or manual cleaners.
  • Detailing
  • The cleaning, polishing and waxing of the outside and inside of a motor vehicle. It 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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