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To grow your car wash business and drive sales, you need it to run efficiently and smoothly.

You need stellar service and return customers.

Efficiency and quality service relies on communication. After all, much like a car’s engine, a car wash is made up of many different moving parts.

If you want that kind of efficiency in your business, you’re going to need a really good car wash radio. But with so many radios out there, how do you know which one will work best for you?

Luckily, you're in the exact right place to find out.

You've landed on the definitive resource page for car wash radios, highlighting devices historically proven to drive success in the car wash industry. 

If you have needs or questions you don't see answered here, don't hesitate to reach out to our car wash radio experts for help.

You can contact Tech Wholesale via live chat, by phone at 888-925-5982, or by filling out our contact form for additional help or to answer any questions that you may have. 

If you see the radio you want, contact us and we can put together a free no obligation quote that is designed to meet your individual needs. 

What Features Do You Need in a Car Wash Radio? 

There is no one size fits all car wash radio, but there are a number of features that are valued in the car wash industry. 

Car washes are typically small in size, so not much range is really needed for them to be effective. There’s also not a lot of need for staff segmentation, which means channels aren’t going to be a huge focus.

Of course, it could be helpful for managers to have their own private channel in larger establishments so that they can communicate privately without the rest of the staff listening in. 

Despite the lower range needs for car wash radios, you still shouldn’t trust your business efficiency with a no name radio. 

You’re going to need the power of name brand Motorola devices, like those offered through Tech Wholesale, in order to be truly effective. 

Here are some radio features that have been helpful throughout the car wash industry: 

  • Appropriate range relative to the size of the car wash
  • Durability so that devices won’t break if they are dropped
  • Antimicrobial properties to curb the spread of germs 
  • Call alerts so that messages won’t come through in front of customers 
  • Direct calling, so that you can reach one employee directly when needed
  • Private communications
  • Works both inside and outside. We recommend a digital band or UHF device 

What Are The Best Car Wash Radios? 

Motorola DLR1020

First up on our list is the Motorola DLR1020.

This radio runs on a digital band, which means that it does not come with the same annual FCC license fees associated with most UHF and VHF radios. 

What does that mean for your car wash? 

You’re actually saving money year over year by using this device. 

But, moving from financial benefits to functionality, the DLR1020 has two channels, which is more than enough for effective car wash segmentation. You have one channel for the workers and another for management. 

This device is a scaled down version of another digital radio, called the DLR1060. That device has six channels, and even though they run about $10 more each, 6 channels is usually overkill for a carwash.

Your workers will have no issue carrying this radio around. It’s a lightweight device, weighing in at only 4.2 ounces. 

The indoor range on this radio is 20 floors or 300,000 square feet. That is more than enough to cover the space needed for your average car wash. Outside, you have a range of up to two miles. 

It uses Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum technology for enhanced security, coupled with 10,000 privacy codes. No one is going to be able to pick up your staff communications. 

Because this radio is digital, it has Page All and Call All Available alerts. That means you’ll be able to contact everyone at once with just the press of a button. 

There is also a direct call button which will allow you to contact a specific person, such as the manager or cashier directly. 

The DLR1020 has a 14-hour battery life and comes with an antimicrobial casing to prevent the spread of harmful bacteria or germs. 

If you think that the Motorola DLR1020 sounds like the right device for your car wash, reach out to Tech Wholesale today and receive a free no obligation quote.

Motorola CLS1110

The Motorola CLS1110 is another strong car wash two way radio. 

It has just one channel, making this UHF device perfect for car washes that don’t need segmentation of staff. 

As a UHF radio, it works well both indoors and outside. Inside, you’ve got a range of 15 floors, while outside you can communicate for up to two miles. 

Vibracall technology and audible call alerts will alert you of new messages before they come in, similar to the way a cell phone rings. This makes certain that the radio at the cash register won’t receive sensitive messages in front of guests. 

There’s also a keypad lockout security feature. If a customer finds one of your radios and picks it up, this feature will make certain that they’re unable to use it.

The included li-ion battery comes with an 18-hour battery life per charge. Your communications are secured by 83 digital and 38 analog private lines. The device also runs 121 interference eliminator codes and 56 business exclusive frequencies.

The Motorola CLS1110 is an excellent car wash radio. If it sounds like the right radio for your business, reach out to Tech Wholesale right away for your free no obligation quote

Which Car Wash Radio Do You Need? 

What is the Best Radio for a Self Service Car Wash?

If you have a small self service car wash, we recommend the Motorola CLS1110

The device has only one channel, and smaller establishments like this have no real need for segmentation. If the car wash is self service, you don’t have a large crew cleaning the cars. That means you’ll only need radios for the cashier and management.

Since this is a UHF radio, it will provide service inside and outside. Outdoor communications are up to two miles with indoor range coming in at 15 floors. 

Vibracall technology and Audible Call alerts are features of this device. That means messages won’t come over the radio in front of customers. 

The li-ion battery included in this device also has an 18-hour lifespan per charge. 

Do you need the Motorola CLS1110 for your small self service car wash? Reach out to Tech Wholesale now for a free no obligation quote

What is the Best Radio for a Full Service Car Wash?

If you own a large full service car wash, we definitely recommend the Motorola DLR1020 for your needs. 

This radio runs on a digital band, so that means you won’t have to pay any FCC license fees. 

You’ll have two channels. That means that the cleaning crew can be segmented on a separate channel from indoor staff or managers. 

Because it is a lightweight device, the DLR1020 won’t impact your staff’s ability to conduct physical work. 

Inside you’ve got 20 floors or 300,000 square feet of range. All communications are protected with 10,000 privacy codes and Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum technology.

You’ve also got a rechargeable lithium-ion battery with an impressive 14-hour battery life. The device is covered in an antimicrobial coating, which stops your staff from spreading germs to one another through the surface of the radio. 

Do you have a large full service car wash that can get a lot of use out of a quality device like the Motorola DLR1020? Contact Tech Wholesale now for a free personalized quote.

Want to Learn More? 

Car washes achieve success through word of mouth. You can improve your customer experience and expand your referral list by providing excellent service. Communication is an important part of that. 

By choosing the right radio for your car wash team, you can make sure that your customers are getting the best, fastest, and most efficient service possible. 

If you still have questions, or would like to see other options, we’re ready to help! 

You can reach the radio experts at Tech Wholesale by calling 888-925-5982. You can also fill out our contact form or use the live chat button on the Tech Wholesale website. 

If you feel that you know which radio you want for your car wash, contact us now for a free personalized quote

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