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mac

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Recently closed on a local 5 and 1 wash that had not been ran and maintained for quite some time. As a salesman and tech for way too many years, it has been somewhat eye opening. You know, there really is a lot of work in operating these things. You can stop laughing any time now. It is exciting though to turn this around. Location is great and I'm putting in an Istobal that will wash extended height vans, and vans with ladders on top. Fresh paint (guys should NEVER be allowed to choose colors. This thing is pea green), landscaping and lighting, kick butt chemicals, and wash clubs are all in the works. Even close to the Marine Corps League for promotional events. Should be a hoot. And it has been fun to talk to the customers and thank them for their business.
 

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Owning a wash gives you street cred Mac! Hope it does well for you.

Maybe you could start a thread of your rehab in the wash showcase subforum.
 

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Congratulations Mac. I know you will run a top- flight operation once you rehab everything. Best of luck with the new business.
 

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Any particular reason for the Istobal over others? Not sure If I remember if you work for them or not? Looks like a nice machine
 

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Yes I still sell them. Sold my business but still like to sell and I’ve found it’s much easier to sell something if a prospect can see one.
 

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Well making progress. Taking out an older Sunnys Ryko clone next week. (Still available if anyone wants it.) Then acid clean the bay, paint the bay, new lighting, plus getting the self serve things all working. The previous owners had a Crypto Pay installed in count down mode only, so new timers and some wiring. new extended height Istobal Flex 5 coming first week of next month. It has full friction and touchless capability, and will wash any of the extended height machines on the road. Still trying to figure out which of the wash marketing methods to use, and there are many. Have all the internet, phone, electric, water, etc all switched over. In an area of the city where a LOT of the newer millenials are moving to and setting up businesses, so want to have a good handle on social marketing stuff. Plus the usual stuff of landscaping, lighting and complete repaint. Just doing couple of hours each day. it's fun talking to the customers and thanking them for their business. Have been taking pictures so will post when done and when I can figure out how to do that. Some great craft breweries just opening in area and the city is in a major redevelopment of the entire business district. Have a mom and pop taco stand on site that I rent to that makes the best tacos in the city. probably 30 to 45 days to get the majority of it done. It also helps that most of my competitors don't have a clue what they are doing, and they charge more to boot. If anyone wants to stop by and help for a few hours, I'll supply the beer and tacos. Located in Cape Coral, FL.
 

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Mac, that sounds great. You get me & wife 2 plane tics, & we'll be there. But in 1 week I gotta get back to coaching...
 
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