A car wash business is one of the most lucrative ventures in Kenya due to the high number of cars imported yearly .The demand for car washes has risen over the years as majority of people find it convenient to clean their cars there instead of at home.
If you are contemplating to start a business in this industry, one of the main tools of trade that you require is a car wash machine.
There are a wide variety of car wash machines available in the market. They vary according to type of fuel i.e. petrol or electricity, capacity, engine power and brand.
Factors to consider when purchasing a car wash machine
When selecting a machine, there are key factors you ought to consider;
Usability– How many vehicles will it be servicing in a day? If you are anticipating your car wash to be busy, it is prudent you purchase a heavy duty machine that will not give out after a few washes.
Type of fuel-Do you have access to electricity and if so, is the power reliable? You could opt for petrol run machine to mitigate this.
Cost– An electricity washing machine costs more than a petrol one. So if you are low on a budget, consider purchasing the later one.
Machine efficiency-Different machines have different PSI power. The higher the PSI the more powerful it is.
Water flow rate-At what rate is the machine pumping water? The higher the flow rate the more water it ejects. This will help you clean the vehicle quickly.
Pressure– Look for a machine whose nozzle ejects water at a high speed. The higher the water pressure the easy it is to clean a car and remove grime and mud from it.
Engine power-Look for a machine that has a hose power of at least 5 Hp as it determines the water pressure and its flow rate.
Hose length-How long is the cleaning wand? Can it enable you move around the vehicle with ease without carrying the machine around. The longer it is, the easier the cleaning will be.
Portability-It should be easy to move around preferable with a handle or with wheels.
Types of car washing machines in Kenya
Aico car washing machine
This is a versatile machine that is growing in popularity because of its great price and quality.