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The How of Car Washing - How to operate & grow a carwashing business.

The How of Car Washing is a podcast for car wash business owners, operators and managers. If you are looking for actionable advice, tips and techniques to help you operate and grow your carwashing business, this is the podcast show for you! In each episode we either discuss a business topic, or we interview another owner/operator or a carwash industry professional. Our episodes are typically 35 to 45 minutes in length, and the show is hosted by David Begin and Henry Lopez who share the knowledge and experience they have acquired over their corporate and business ownership careers. New episodes are released on Wednesday mornings, and we always strive to deliver value to entrepreneurs, business owners, operators and managers in the car wash industry.
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Dec 6, 2017

Belt Conveyor car wash technology with Bob Schaefer. Bob is a carwash industry veteran and responsible for sales and support at Automatic Vehicle Wash (AVW). He shares an overview of conveyor belt technology, his feedback on the Splash! 2017 event, and the impact of industry consolidation. David and Bob share specific points to consider with belt conveyors, including cost of installation and maintenance, retrofitting at an existing car wash, and impact on vehicle throughput.

David Begin and Henry Lopez are the hosts of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – dedicated to help you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Nov 29, 2017

Training – part 4 of our series on Hiring employees for your car wash business. David & Henry focus on the Initial Employee Training part of the hiring process. Having a thorough and systematic process results in better employees, reduced employee turnover, and the ability to deliver remarkable customer service at your wash. Topics and questions addressed include: What is your process for initial employee training at your wash? Do you a have an Employee and Operations Planning? It's critically important that you have an attorney review your Employee Manual, and be sure that it covers the legal items relative to your specific state. The basic components of an effective training program for your car wash business: The Vision, Safety, Operations, Customers Service, and Management Skills (for shift leaders and site managers). How do you manage the training process? E-learning platforms are now more common and affordable. We are working on creating and offering an on-line, self-paced, on-demand learning solution for the car wash industry - more details coming soon!

David Begin and Henry Lopez are the hosts of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – dedicated to help you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Nov 29, 2017

Highlights from the 2017 Splash! carwash conference, an International Carwash Association (ICA) event, with David Begin. David conducts brief interviews on the show floor with various car wash industry experts, operators and leaders. David also shares additional insights on this event. This episode of The How of Carwashing podcast includes brief conversations with Jimmy Starnes with Wash Me Fast, James Anderson with Vantage LED, Chris Wingate with Complete Signs, Jeff Wizer with ICS, Ryan Cook with Diamond Shine, Danka Djordjevic with AVW, and Wayne and Daisy with Benny's Car Wash.

David Begin and Henry Lopez are the hosts of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – dedicated to help you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Nov 15, 2017

Carwash industry trends part 2, with Eric Wulf and David Begin. Eric is CEO of the International Carwash Association (ICA). He discusses current trends in the carwash industry with co-host David Begin. The International Carwash Association (ICA) is the nonprofit trade group representing the retail and supply segments of the car wash industry in North America and around the globe. Topics discussed include: The future of the car washing business. Industry Consolidation - what is the potential impact on my carwash business? Standardization - process, systems and more for carwashes. Auto Technology and Autonomous Vehicles.

David Begin is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Nov 1, 2017

Carwash industry trends with Eric Wulf and David Begin. Eric is CEO of the International Carwash Association (ICA). He discusses current trends in the carwash industry with co-host David Begin. The International Carwash Association (ICA) is the nonprofit trade group representing the retail and supply segments of the car wash industry in North America and around the globe. Topics discussed include: Mega trends in the Carwash Industry; History of the car washing; Is a car wash an impulse or convenience purchase? New sources of capital fueling expansion in the industry; What do the Dutch know about the carwash customer experience?

David Begin is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Oct 18, 2017

Insurance needs for your carwash, part 2 (Liability Umbrella Policy, Accident Damage Claims, Maintaining your insurance policies), with Sam Furno. Sam is a carwash industry veteran and expert in the carwash insurance business. Sam shares his experiences with the car wash industry, insights on the insurance industry, and practical tips & advice for insuring your car wash business. Sam is a former Northern California full-service car wash owner, is Vice President of the Western Carwash Insurance Agency (WCIA), a division of Wells Fargo of California and a Partner of the Western Carwash Association. He specializes in car wash business insurance: Property & Casualty, Workers' Compensation and other insurance programs. This is part 2 of our interview with Sam, focusing on Liability Umbrella Policies, Accident Damage Claims and maintaining your insurance policies.

David Begin is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Oct 11, 2017

Insurance needs for your carwash, part 1, with Sam Furno. Sam is a carwash industry veteran and expert in the carwash insurance business. Sam shares his experiences with the car wash industry, insights on the insurance industry, and practical tips & advice for insuring your car wash business. Sam is a former Northern California full-service car wash owner, is Vice President of the Western Carwash Insurance Agency (WCIA), a division of Wells Fargo of California and a Partner of the Western Carwash Association. He specializes in car wash business insurance: Property & Casualty, Workers' Compensation and other insurance programs.

David Begin is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Sep 27, 2017

Avoiding & Handling Accidents at your carwash with Pete Ness. Pete is an entrepreneur, carwash industry veteran, and CEO of NoPileups. He shares his interesting personal journey, his experiences and stories from his many years in the car wash business, and his latest solution to help carwash operators avoid accidents - NoPileups. “It’s not just the damage claims, it’s the customer experience that matters,” explains Pete.

Henry Lopez is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Sep 13, 2017

Autonomous Vehicles and the impact on the car wash industry, with Derek Kaufman. Derek is an automotive and transportation industry veteran and expert. He shares information from a recent study conducted for the International Carwash Association, and his insights on automotive technologies - including autonomous vehicles - and the impact on the car wash industry. Will the emergence of autonomous vehicles result in less or more cars being washed?

David Begin is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Aug 30, 2017

Autonomous Vehicles, Millennials, Fractional Ownership, and more – and the impact on the car wash industry, with Derek Kaufman. Derek is an automotive and transportation industry veteran and expert. He shares information from a recent study conducted for the International Carwash Association, and his insights on automotive technologies - including autonomous vehicles - and the impact on the car wash industry. Will the emergence of autonomous vehicles result in less or more cars being washed?

David Begin is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Aug 23, 2017

Water Reclaim System – what is it and how does it work to help your carwash conserve and reuse water? What is reclaimed water? Bryant Ruder, a car wash industry veteran and expert and General Manager of SoBrite Technologies, is our guest. He shares valuable information about water reclaim systems for carwashes.

David Begin is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Aug 9, 2017

Automotive technology and the impact on the car wash industry with Derek Kaufman. Derek is an automotive and transportation industry veteran and expert. He is responsible for Schwartz Advisors operations platform and project support. He shares information from a recent study conducted for the International Carwash Association, and his insights on automotive technologies and the impact on the car wash industry.

David Begin is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Jul 26, 2017

On-Boarding - from what happens to the first day the new carwash employee shows up at the wash site, to the proper and legal documentation required. David Begin and Henry Lopez continue their podcast series on the topic of hiring great employees for your carwash business. Having a thorough and systematic process results in better employees, reduced employee turnover, and the ability to deliver remarkable customer service for your carwash customers.

David Begin and Henry Lopez are the hosts of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – dedicated to help you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Jul 12, 2017

Chemicals and chemical delivery systems for your carwash with Kenneth Peebles. Kenneth is a carwash industry veteran and currently the Midwest Tunnel Manager for Blendco Systems. He shares his background in the carwash business, and his insights and actionable tips for managing your chemicals and chemical delivery systems.

David Begin is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Jun 28, 2017

Benefits of learning how to delegate effectively to help you manage and grow your carwash business. David Begin and Henry Lopez discuss and explore this topic of delegation. Why are we hesitant to delegate? Perhaps because we think we can do it better than anyone else. We understand best what we want and the results we are looking for, and truth is, sometimes we are "best" at it. But to grow your car washing business and have time to enjoy your life, you must learn to delegate effectively.

David Begin and Henry Lopez are the hosts of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – dedicated to help you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Jun 14, 2017

Visibility Marketing for your carwash business, with David Avrin. David is The Visibility Coach and founder of Visibility International.  He is an international speaker, author and business branding and marketing expert. In this episode, David shares his tips & advice on visibility marketing for the carwash business. “If you want people to be interested, you have to be interesting.”

Henry Lopez is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

May 31, 2017

Understanding your local water utility – part 2. Frank Kinder is a senior conservation specialist for Colorado Springs Utilities Water Services Division in Colorado Springs, CO. In this two-part interview, David & Frank discuss the operation of a municipal utility, including how they deliver water and electricity to their customers. Their discussion includes water usage and conservation, and the impact on a carwash operator.

David Begin is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

May 24, 2017

Understanding your local water utility. Frank Kinder is a senior conservation specialist for Colorado Springs Utilities Water Services Division in Colorado Springs, CO. In this two-part interview, David & Frank discuss the operation of a municipal utility, including how they deliver water and electricity to their customers. Their discussion includes water usage and conservation, and the impact on a carwash operator.

David Begin is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

May 17, 2017

During the last Splash! conference, David Begin had an opportunity to conduct brief interviews on the show floor with various car wash industry experts. This episode combines those short and informative interviews. David asks about the top issues facing the carwash operator today. Guests include Eric Wulf, Brian Guetz, Willy Vidakovich, Heath Pomerantz, Richard Belanger, and Jaime Harris.

David Begin is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

May 10, 2017

Water sources, types of water and their usage, and water reclaim systems. Tony Vertin is the CEO of Ver-tech Labs, and a carwash industry expert. Tony shares his extensive knowledge of the carwash business, including an in-depth discussion of water chemistry and water reclaim systems.

David Begin is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

May 3, 2017

Marketing your car wash business Online and through Social Media. Henry Lopez and David Begin discuss the topics and how they have used it to promote their small businesses, including their carwash businesses. Do you need a website? What is SEO? Is it worth my time and money to promote my wash on Social Media?

David Begin and Henry Lopez are the hosts of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – dedicated to help you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Apr 26, 2017

Ideation - the process of creating and developing new business ideas. How do you develop new business ideas, and then how do you prove and execute that idea to develop and grow a successful carwash business?

David Begin and Henry Lopez are the hosts of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – dedicated to help you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Apr 26, 2017

Chemical delivery systems for carwashes, and other insights on operating a successful carwash. Jaime Harris is an entrepreneur, and the co-founder, President and CEO of carwash equipment manufacturer Hydra-Flex. Jaime summarizes the history of his carwash equipment manufacturing business, and shares his knowledge of chemical deliver system equipment.

David Begin is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Apr 19, 2017

Entrepreneurship skills with Dan Sullivan. Dan is an entrepreneur, speaker, business coach and the founder of Strategic Coach. He shares valuable insights on entrepreneurship, and introduces several skills that all car wash owners and entrepreneurs can develop to increase success in business and in life. Concepts and skills discussed include discovering and focusing on our “Unique Abilities”, the “ABC” model for prioritization, and the “4 Cs”.

David Begin is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

Apr 12, 2017

The competitive landscape in the carwash industry. During the recent 2017 Annual SCWA Convention & EXPO in Arlington, Texas, organized and conducted by the Southwest Car Wash Association, David Begin conducted a "Quick Talk" on the topic of growing competition in the carwash industry. David offers insights, experiences, and tips for dealing with increasing competition in the car wash business.

David Begin is the host of this episode of The How of Carwashing show – helping you operate and grow your carwashing business. (TheHowOfCarwashing.com)

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