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Equipment Failure - Repair or Buy New?

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Monday, December 2, 2019

With fall ending and winter starting, your wash is becoming busier and busier as people look to wash the harmful salt and sand off their cars. While this is good for your bottom line, the added wear and tear can be harmful to your equipment. Over time, the stress will be too much and parts will begin to break. Now comes the big decision, should you repair or replace?

For those on a strict budget, this can be an extremely difficult question to answer. And unfortunately, the solution can vary drastically from product to product.

3 Things to Take into Consideration

1. Original Product Cost. How much did the product cost originally? If it was on the cheaper end, it will most likely be cheaper to purchase again, and vice versa. It’s the more expensive products that will need to be considered for replacing or fixing. When thinking about these, you’ll also want to think about the age of the product. If it’s old enough, it may simply be a natural time to replace it. It’s also possible that the product is so old that they’ve stopped making replacement parts for it, or the parts that they do have are just as expensive as purchasing a new one.

2. Additional Fees. While the cost of new part might be low, it’s always important to consider fees that get added on to the final cost. Things like shipping and installation can add up quick. If you’re experienced at servicing or replacing car wash equipment, fixing the product on your own or purchasing a cheaper part for repair could end up being the more beneficial choice.

3. Estimated Product Lifespan. For products with longer estimated lifespans, replacing or repairing could go either way. If the product is very old, it’s usually a smarter decision to just replace it. That way you know you’ll get uninterrupted use without having to worry about constantly fixing it with routine maintenance. If you feel like the item has a lot of life left in it and that the repair would be a simple or small one, you’ll want to explore this option. On the other side of the spectrum, products with a shorter lifespan tend to be more cost effective to replace as soon as possible.

If you're having difficulties deciding between replacement parts or purchasing new, please do not hesitate to contact us. Also, feel free to browse through our current inventory to spark possible ideas. 

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