High End Auto Detailing in Hot Springs Arkansas – Is It Feasible?

Hot Springs Arkansas is the coolest of towns, lots of sights, shopping, restaurants, and mega-tourists having a good time, and going out on the river or lake. It’s also very good place to run a mobile detailing or mobile auto wash business. There are some issues with weather in Arkansas, and it tends to rain a lot in the wintertime. This can be good and bad, it’s good because it messes up all the cars, making them all dirty, but it’s bad because you can’t work during those days. Sometimes it rains all week.

Of course, there are other things you can do with your pressure washer on your mobile car washing or mobile detailing trailer during times of inclement weather. For instance power washing the downtown areas, or the shopping areas in all the suburban neighborhoods. People go to this area to enjoy water sports, golf, fishing, vacationing, shopping, and the very cool atmosphere. Because there is so much tourism the place needs to look spiffy, and therefore people are willing to pay for power washing.

If I were running a mobile detailing operation there I would definitely wish to get a valet parking concession with some of the upper end restaurants, hotels, and other hospitality companies. It’s amazing how many golf courses are in the area and many of these clubs are higher-end, and there is plenty of work there as well.

Speaking of which, it takes a lot of employees to run a city with that much tourism and hospitality, and they’ll need their cars cleaned too. Luckily, many of these employees collect tips, and therefore they pay for their car washing services in cash, which is nice, no checks to bounce or billing.

Indeed, I really can’t say enough about the laid-back atmosphere, and the very nice folks that live and work there. The tourists are always very nice and on their best behavior, and many of them have very nice cars. Of course, setting up the route and the proper locations is paramount, so is being one with the community and staying involved. The economic development association and the Chamber of Commerce are very involved, and with a little networking you should be able to get a strong referral base.

Hot Springs, Arkansas is not a large town by any means and it is somewhat spread out. The population is just over 35,000 and mostly white, with quite a few millionaires, although the per capital income is less than $40,000 due to all the service workers. There are approximately 4,500 plus businesses, and a good number are tourist and hospitality related. Downtown is very historic, and just real fun place to be.

Lastly, this area is very concerned with environmental issues, and storm water runoff, more so than any other city in Arkansas and much more than you’ll find in other states, so you’ll need special permits from the city to do this sort of work. City Hall is right near the convention center at:

Municipal Building 133 Convention Boulevard
Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901

Just remember if you start a business like this in Hot Springs, AR, that you’re going to have to collect the waste wash water affluent from each vehicle you clean, and not allow it to go into a storm drain, for if it does, it will definitely end up in the local rivers and lakes, which is quite unacceptable to the people who live in this pristine area. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.