Want to optimize your car detailing business profits by offering the right services, determining the right price for those services and by marketing your car detailing service the right way?
Auto body detailing is ultra low costing to get started. When you start with a strong foundation, your detailing service can be a literal goldmine!
One major advantage of being in the car detailing business is you’re not just limited to cars. When incorporating motorcycles, boats, motor homes and RVs in your detailing service, your opportunities for making major bucks is quite possible.
1. How to select a business location
2. The core services to be included at the very start
3. How to determine what you should charge your customers
4. How to market your detailing service using little money
This may sound strange, but here goes.
Monica, with a B.A. in environmental studies, lives in Des Moines, Iowa. Eleven months ago, at the age of 31, she left her employer. With $3,682 in the bank, her apartment rent paid for two months and a $500 supermarket gift card (given to her by her parents), she decided to open a car detailing business where every service was to be preformed by her own hands.
This is her adventure.
She briefly considered starting a mobile car detailing business. Quickly, she decided against this option because of the costs involved.
That settled, she searched for a garage-type space with running water, floor drains, heat and electric and with around 2,000 or so square feet. She was willing to pay utility bills but did not want to pay more than $4 or $5 a sq. ft. This translated into a rent of no more than $1,000 per month.
Monica knew that a high traffic location would be good but not a requirement. The auto detailing business is what is commonly referred to as a “destination-oriented business.” That is, customers will seek you out…if your marketing is appropriate.
She found an ideal location, about a half mile outside an upscale neighborhood. The building was situated on an intersection, had 2,742 sq. ft. and met her requirements. She signed a 2-year lease for $1,000 per month.
She was ready to go!
Monica's outside sign read: "Making em Shine" with a sub-title of "Vehicle Detailing the Right Way."
Prior to leaving her employer she purchased Bob Keppel’s ebook The Thinking Man’s Auto Detailing Process. It is the car detailing business leading must read resource chuck full of info designed to light the way to detailing success.
Monica does not offer paint touch-up, repairing nicks and scratches and the repair of upholstery. She may include these services later. But as for now, she wanted to walk before she runs.
There are two elements to setting your car detailing business prices
First: know what each of your competitors charge for each service (or bundled services). This will be a guideline only. Even if you charge ten percent more it will not be a determining factor by a customer.
(What will be a determining factor is how your place of business looks. Of course, the quality of the job you perform will determine repeat customers.)
The second element is based on three factors:
Most car detailing businesses look like…terrible.
Monica felt her top marketing tool was to have her shop look professional: good signage, well lighted at night, clean and non-cluttered. She wanted to make a great first impression. As a result, she could charge more for her services, which she did.
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