Car washing in Germany?

Question posted by carl fothergill, on behalf of Wizzard Products Ltd in SG12

Please, can anyone clarify the law regarding home/DIY car washing in Germany?

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Kenny McQuarrie, on behalf of Yell in RG1.

Hi Carl,

Could you please provide some more detail on exactly what information you are looking for?

For example, are you looking to export a product relating to car washing or to set up a car washing business in Germany? Is there a specific area of law you are concerned about (e.g. law on importing certain materials, law on setting up a company, tax law, etc.)?

The more detail you can provide, the more likely our community is to be able to provide the advice you need.

Kind regards,
Kenny.

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I agree I would need more information to help too. are you looking at setting up this type of service in Germany, or are you selling a product there?
Mathilde

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carl fothergill, on behalf of Wizzard Products Ltd in SG12.

Our aim is to sell our product into the German market. We have conflicting information regarding the laws/regulation and restrictions to do with washing of cars at home/domestic/DIY. We would like to know exactly what the law is and how this impacts on the car care market?

eg if you are not allowed to wash you car at home, then there will be little or no market for DIY car care products and no market for our product. We know germany is a nation of car lovers and famous for quality, but we would like to understand what the culture is regarding car care.

We may need to focus on the professional market.

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ok Carl, thanks for clarifying, this is definitely something we can ask our colleagues in the Enterprise Europe Network in Germany, and see the type of information we get. I will post a request today on our internal communication system and let you know if I hear anything back, probably next week.
regards
Mathilde

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dear Carl
I had a very prompt reply from my EEN colleague in Hessen in Germany. She confirmed to me that German citizens do not wash their cars at home, mostly due to regions' (Landers) or local legislation relating to the protection of the environment (risk of pollution of the water). She sent me some links of trade associations and of the German environmental agency which I think would be useful to you but I can't copy everything on this platform as I am restricted on the number of words I can write. Woudl you mind sending me an email directly at m.murphy@eeneast.org.uk and I will happily forward what I got.
I hope this is useful.
Best wishes
Mathilde

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Dear Carl
once you have sorted out the possible selling of your products in Germany please give us a call
on 01263 513127 or send us an email colin.crown@ntlworld.com and we would please to try
to help with the freighting costs of your products into Germany .
best regards
Colin.Crown freight ltd

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I used to live in Germany and this is a no - no. They do not wash their cars themselves. They have very stringent rules on Abwasser (waste water) and the environment. Certain chemicals are banned there too which we use on a daily basis (i.e. bleach)

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