Decision-makers at car care facilities, whether professional carwashes, detail shops or fast lubes, must contend with a myriad of areas to keep businesses running efficiently and profitably. They must strategize about how to improve workplace efficiencies, lower operating costs, adopt environmental best practices and create a desirable service mix and structure. They also must set policies for safety, labor, insurance, facility maintenance, equipment purchases and upgrades, as well as site planning and renovations, among other concerns

  • Embattled Carwash Sells for $950,000
    Flynn’s Oil Co. in Exeter, Mass., has sold the carwash portion of its business to Mabardy Oil Inc. as part of an agreement with the state attorney general’s office, according to a report by Seacoastonline.com. Flynn’s Oil Co. owner Michael Flynn recently pleaded guilty on ...More
    July 14, 2010 Posted in News, Operations
  • Professional Carwashing: A Truly Global Enterprise
    At Car Care World Expo 2010, International Carwash Association President Jeff Gheysens spoke about the concept of a “broadening” carwash industry. In describing today’s marketplace, he discussed not only the varied types of businesses that are increasingly engaging in the ...More
    July 14, 2010 Eric Wulf Posted in Articles, Operations
  • Sonny’s Introduces Wash Material from Plastic Bottles
    Sonny’s Enterprises announced it is the sole distributor of Eco-fi wash material to the carwash industry. The polyester fiber is made from 100 percent recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles. ...More
    July 13, 2010 Posted in News, Operations
  • ConocoPhillips Lubricants Commercial Wins Award
    ConocoPhillips Co. has won a silver ADDY Award for a Kendall Motor Oil digital commercial created to promote its premium car motor oil featuring Liquid Titanium. The video, titled “Metal on Metal,” was recognized for its sound design. It was produced by Texas Video & ...More
    July 12, 2010 Posted in News, Marketing, Operations
  • How Authentic is Your Carwash?
    Web sites, signage and promotions are not what will make your carwash successful. That might be a strange thing to hear from a marketing guy, but it’s true. In fact, the best marketing tools in the world will be rendered useless if you’re missing one key ingredient: ...More
    July 8, 2010 Kyle Doyle Posted in Articles, Marketing, Operations
  • Autobell Car Wash Opens 59th Location
    Autobell Car Wash Inc. has opened a carwash in Stallings, N.C., marking the privately owned chain's 59th location and fourth in Union County. Additional county locations include Monroe, Waxhaw and Indian Trail. ...More
    July 7, 2010 Posted in News, Operations
  • Mister Car Wash Debuts ‘Paws-a-thon’ Fundraiser
    Mister Car Wash has launched “Paws-a-thon,” a fundraising campaign to help local Humane Society and Rescue League organizations raise money through in-store donations. Customers who donate will have the opportunity to purchase and write on a paper paw which then will be ...More
    July 7, 2010 Posted in News, Marketing, Operations
  • AutoPilot Launches Handheld Extension to POS System
    AutoPilot Carwash Control Systems has launched MobilePilot, a handheld extension to its ProfitPilot software as a service (SaaS) point-of-sale system. MobilePilot is designed to deliver the functionality of a full POS system and push-button station in a compact, handheld ...More
    July 7, 2010 Posted in News, Operations
  • Baseball Event Draws 100 Carwash Professionals
    Nearly 100 carwash professionals attended a networking and family event June 22 at Cit Field in New York to watch the New York Mets defeat the Detroit Tigers 16-6 during interleague play. The annual event was coordinated by the New York State Car Wash Association. ...More
    July 7, 2010 Posted in News, Marketing, Operations
  • Congress Poised to Pass Credit Card Swipe Fee Reform
    Retailers and consumers are a step closer to witnessing credit card swipe fee reform legislation now that the U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010. The House passed the financial services reform bill June 30 with a ...More
    July 6, 2010 Posted in News, Operations