Cleaned up: An expanding economy will put more vehicles on the road, boosting revenue

Over the five years to 2018, operators in the Car Wash and Auto Detailing industry have rebounded from recessionary conditions. Rising Canadian per capita disposable income has fuelled demand for discretionary consumer services like car washes. Over the five years to 2023, increasing employment, disposable income and consumer spending will bolster industry revenue. An expanding Canadian economy will put more vehicles on the road, while consumers will have more cash on hand to spend on discretionary services such as car more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Operators are expected to benefit from cost-saving implementations, such as water conservation and reclamation equipment
  • Industry operators have experienced modest increases in wages
  • An increase in new and used car sales will boost industry demand from the business sector
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    Over the five years to 2018, the Car Wash and Auto Detailing industry in Canada’s revenue is expected to increase at an annualized rate of 2.5% to $472.5 million, including a 3.0% increase in 2018 alone. An expanding and progressively affluent Canadian population has driven industry growth. Rising disposable income and consumer confidence levels, as well as access to financing at historically low interest rates, has made it easy for consumers to purchase new and used automobiles. As a result, the total number of motor vehicle registrations is expected to increase an annualized 2.4% over the five years to 2018, according to Statistics Canada data and IBISWorld projections. Wit...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 moderates amid higher costs and regulations
  • 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
  • Detailing and hand-washing services
  • Self-service bays
  • 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 not-for-profits
  • 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
    ProfitWagesPurchasesRent and utilitiesDepreciationOther
  • 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 (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Number of Motor Vehicle Registrations (2009-2023)

  • 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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