The other day I was reading National Oil and Lube News, an industry magazine for the oil change and quick lube sector. It’s the mainstay of the industry, and everyone who owns a quick lube reads it cover to cover each month, it’s well-known, and I have visited their headquarters in Lubbock Texas. It’s a good group of folks, they know what they’re talking about, and the content is exceptional. In any case there was a quick blurb in the back of the magazine in the July issue of 2012 about auto detailing as an ancillary business unit for a quick lube operation. Okay so, I know little bit about this, so let’s talk.
Indeed, I founded a mobile detailing company which turned into a national franchise operation many years ago prior to retirement. One thing we noted is that we ended up with auto dealership accounts, and we used the bays which were left over in the back, perhaps built for auto mechanics service bays, and we had converted a few of those to do auto detailing shops on the property for our dealership customers. It was amazing how well that worked, and we were often asked to also put in an oil change bay on top of that.
In my travels I it also noted that there were many large car dealerships which actually had a quick lube attached to the dealership to ensure that customers who bought their cars there also came in to get their oil changed, and would therefore walk through the show room of the dealership while their oil change was occurring. It seems to be a match made in heaven, auto services and auto dealerships working together. It certainly worked for us.
Now then, what about an auto detailing business in a quick …READ MORE