"You only get one chance to make a first impression." The truth is that your customers are forming their first impressions of your car wash and catching brand vibes while they're in their cars, waiting for their wash. That's why clean uniforms, signage, and equipment are crucial to the car wash experience.

Overall, cleanliness and visual appeal is essential to a car wash's brand image. How can we achieve this? Having clean uniforms, clean signage, and a clean property shows that you care about your customers. Using these visual cues can help you create a winning customer experience.

Clean, Coordinated Uniforms

Uniforms are a great way to help your employees feel like they're part of the team. Make sure your employees are wearing clean uniforms that fit properly. Ask employees what they think of their uniforms and make changes based on feedback. Having a program that lets new employees pick out their uniform will help them feel more invested in the success of your car wash.

Clean Signage

If your signage isn't clean and legible, you're missing out on an opportunity to make an impression on customers before they drive onto your lot or use the pay station. Clean and easy to read signs tell customers that you care about them enough to take care of every detail of their visit — including the sign that tells them about your services!

Also, consider making your signs interactive with clear Calls To Action (CTAs) and QR codes. Not sure what to say past existing messaging? Leverage analytics platforms like omniX labs. Its vehicle analytics and dashboard offer unique insights into how customers interact with your car wash. Insights that can be useful in framing personalized real-time marketing messages.

Analysis of your customers' past experiences can refine your marketing message and create winning customer experiences.

Clean Equipment and Property

From waiting areas to pay stations, make sure your car wash is clean and tidy at all times. Using quality products and equipment is a good start. Generally, quality products last longer and look better.

Tunnels and full-service car washes with waiting areas and children's play areas should have sparkling windows where customers can watch their cars go by. Garbage cans around your car wash should be changed regularly and never overflow. Make sure the chemicals are also changed regularly. Make sure the floors are clean as well. Not just inside, but outside too. Does your pavement look worn? Is it in need of repair? These little details add up.

Leveraging Windows

Clean windows show off your car wash's shine and sparkle, making it look inviting to customers who drive by or walk past on foot. Clean windows can also be used to display additional messaging. Consider using windows for additional messaging (for example, another area to advrstise CTAs and display QR codes). Perforated window decals are a low cost and very effective means to message.

In Conclusion

Your wash is what its aesthetics say it is. Taking pride in providing an exceptional car wash experience for your customers should be top priority for wash operators. Together with the cleanliness of your property, products and services you can create a truly superior experience and stand out from competitors. A positive perception of your brand goes a long way in elevating positive sentiment and winning customers at first sight.

Contact EverWash today about your wash, and speak to our sales, onboarding and training specialists to start a membership program that works at your wash. Email us at sales@everwash.com, or visit our website to get started.