Brushless foam vehicle wash franchise, Autoshine Express, is giving non-trading and low volume petrol stations the opportunity to increase their profit margins from two per cent to 500 per cent the company claims.

With an Autoshine Express system, up to 500 cars can be washed a day and can operate all year round and won’t freeze when the temperature drops.

Jim Allison, managing director of Autoshine Express, said: “This creates an opportunity for low-volume petrol stations to transform their profit margins by a significant amount. An outlet can be up and running within just four weeks of gaining planning consent.

“Revenue projections indicate that the initial franchise cost, from £50,000, can be recouped within the first year of trading, which has attracted significant interest across the UK.”

Currently operating in Bathgate, Dunfermline, Glenrothes and Tranent, Autoshine Express plans to open another 20 sites by the end of 2004.

The sites’ wash systems are brushless to reduce the possibility of damage to the vehicle’s paintwork, spoilers and aerials. Environmentally friendly hot foam is sprayed onto the vehicle, covering it and the wheels completely. The foam gently removes the film of dirt and is washed away after 30 seconds by a hot water spray, which leaves the vehicle in a wax-like finish.

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