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UK Hand Car Wash Market - Key Fact
23 May, 2018

Size >10,000 hand car washes (7,000 mechanical washes), around 60% of total

>110 million washes per year (45 million mechanical washes), >70% of total

>80% share of total car wash income (including valeting)

>£200m potential annual loss to HMRC in unpaid taxes

Trade Effluent

Over 99% of solids entering surface water drains (SWDs) and groundwater come from HCWs

Over 98% of car wash chemicals entering SWDs and groundwater come from HCWs

Trade Effluent Chemicals

>10,500 cubic metres per year

Untreated car wash chemicals are toxic and harmful to the environment

35% go to foul sewer

63% go to SWDs and groundwater, polluting the local water coursesTrade Effluent Water

>3,700,000 cubic metres per year


When a major car manufacturer like Ford predicts that sales of its electrified cars will outnumber petrol and diesel models by 2022, does that ring alarm bells about the possible speed of change for forecourts?