For car wash owners interested in buying new equipment, many mistakes can be made before you even reach the buying stage. There are several questions that you should ask yourself and your potential supplier before any purchases are made.
Below are 3 questions you may want to ask before purchasing new car wash equipment, in order to ensure you are investing in a quality product.
1. “Will Purchasing New Equipment Help My Business?”
Many car wash owners make the mistake of purchasing the wrong equipment. As BDC suggests, ask yourself, “Will this new equipment improve my bottom line? Will it help me stay ahead of my competitors?”
It is important to stay innovative and one step ahead of your competition as well as having the right equipment to do the job quickly, affordably and effectively. Make sure you know exactly what you need for your business before making the mistake of simply buying whatever a salesperson is trying to sell to you.
2. “What Payment Options Are Available?”
While buying new equipment outright or using fixed payments are common, you have many financing options available to you when you want to purchase new equipment. As a car wash owner, you’ll know (or, if you are new to the business, you’ll learn) that your cash flow will fluctuate depending on the season, weather and other factors.
One leasing option you may want to try out is called a “skip lease”. A skip lease will allow you to skip payments during slow months with no penalties. This type of lease usually starts off with low payments which ramp up over time.
When it comes time to signing a lease, Inc.com suggests to try negotiating your lease options if they are too strict. If the lessor refuses to try to accommodate your needs, it may be in your best interest to move on somewhere else instead of giving in and putting yourself in a potentially bad financial situation. Another option is to try going for a long-term lease to help lower costs.
3. “What Kind of Support Will You Receive?”
This is an important question that isn’t always asked when people purchase new equipment. Does the company you’re purchasing from offer any support for their product? How long does the warranty last? How long will you receive support for your product? These are important questions to ask your supplier before making any purchases. If you don’t receive good support for a product, it may be best to look elsewhere for your equipment needs.
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