Birmingham is a great city for the mobile auto detailing and car wash business. Also, lots of fleet trucks to clean as it is on the I-20 and in fact, there are many freeways and major highways which intersect in Birmingham. It's a college town, distribution hub, and the largest city in the state, with a large population. Although the city itself has some financial challenges for its budget issues the business community is doing fine there.
The economic development association has convinced foreign companies to build factories. This has provided a solid employment base, and an ever emerging middle class. Even those folks in the lower class tend to drive nicer cars, and have decent credit because of their employment, and they love to keep their cars cleaned. Since Birmingham Alabama is such a large city with good labor, and college kids looking for work, it's easy to run a professional mobile detailing business in the city.
Of course, because it is such a large distribution area, I would also recommend the cleaning of fleets of vehicles; delivery companies, trucking companies, and other service vehicles. There are all sorts of utility companies which have large fleets of vehicles, along with Rent-A-Car companies, and government vehicles. There are some challenges during certain times of the day due to traffic, but since there is so much business it is possible to schedule your routes in a tight proximity, allowing you to work in a specific area without moving around a lot or wasting time driving. This also saves on fuel costs.
One thing we really appreciated in Birmingham Alabama was the reality that many of the folks who would answer the ads to become a car washer or detailer on one of our crews, also came with at least some experience. Some of them had worked at car washes before, others had worked in a detail shop, and at minimum they had clean their own car, and knew a lot about washing and waxing. And they could talk your ear off about NASCAR, they are totally into it.
Perhaps the biggest benefit is the college labor, clean-cut kids who are willing to work hard, albeit on a shortened work schedule during the week. The hospitality and friendliness of the city is not common to other areas of this country, and that makes it even more enjoyable to do business there. If you are considering running a mobile auto services business in Alabama, you'd be wise to look at Birmingham, it's got a lot going for it. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.
Lance Winslow has launched a new series of eBooks on the Mobile Auto Services Business. Lance Winslow is a retired Founder of a The Oil Change Guys, a Nationwide Franchise Chain, and now runs the Online Think Tank; http://www.worldthinktank.net