In-Bay Automatic 2018-04-04T10:02:59+00:00


Pros & Cons


  1. The customer makes their wash purchase at an unattended terminal.
  2. They drive into the wash bay, put the vehicle in park.
  3. The car wash moves back and forth and / or around the vehicle to clean, and in most cases, dries it.

Types of in-bay automatic car washes

  1. Friction washing cleans the vehicle using chemicals and soft cloth or foam.
  2. Touchless washing uses chemicals and high pressure water to clean the vehicle without touching it.

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  • Less Expensive
    • Due to their smaller footprint, in-bay automatic washes are less expensive to build, and will fit on smaller parcels than tunnel and self serve washes. Most car washes found at petrol station / convenience store locations are in-bay automatics.
    • They typically require less maintenance, and have fewer damage claims then tunnel washes. In-bay automatic washes can be operated without full time attendants; allowing for 24 hour operation.


  • Lower Volume Means a Lower Return
    • Unlike a tunnel wash, in-bay automatic washes can only wash one vehicle at a time. With top washes sometimes taking over 7 minutes to complete, this can severely limit volume. Additionally, lower cost of entry and lower volumes mean a lower return. Lastly, the general perception of in-bay automatic washes is that their wash quality is lower than that of a tunnel wash.

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