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October 11, 2010
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Buellton, CA
Quick and Clean Car Wash is not only the newest and largest carwash in the Santa Ynez Valley — it is also the most advanced and environmentally friendly.

Carwash owner Jason Prather bought an old carwash on the site three years ago and demolished it in 2007. The self-serve/tunnel combo opened this June and features four token-operated self-service bays, five vacuum stations, and a carwash tunnel.

The environmentally-friendly wash uses only biodegradable chemicals and 80
percent of the water used in the tunnel is recycled.

Prather also owns Quick and Clean Car Wash in Santa Maria, CA.

Miami
A lounge-like carwash has opened here, complete with detailing packages, free Wi-Fi, leather couches, tiramisu, mango sorbet, chicken curry on a croissant, and Cuban sandwiches.

The Europa Car Wash and Café, owned and created by Nick Panetta and Renato Mariani, opened in May.

“We wanted to combine the traditional carwash/gas station setting with a top notch café and hospitable staff,” Panetta said.

The carwash prices range from $17 for a complete detailing, both interior and exterior, to $45 for an express wax. A special promotion includes $10 detail washes for ladies only on Wednesdays.

Attleboro, MA
Terrence Elder’s new business, Mobil on the Run and Triple Play Car Wash, has it all: friction and touchless carwashes, a six-bay detail center, a three-bay quick lube, a Dunkin’ Donuts, a New England Hot Dog stand, a convenience store and, to top it all off, gasoline pumps.

The Mobil on the Run and Triple Play Car Wash project was first proposed in 2005 by Elder and his cousin and former partner, ex-Red Sox star Mo Vaughn. But when Vaughn set up a new business in New York City restoring dilapidated housing complexes, Elder and partner Dave Ellard bought Vaughn’s interest in the project.

The wash also features a spacious waiting room with cushy couches, a flat screen television, Internet access and a special area for children.

But Elder’s not finished just yet. He said plans are still in the works to build a replica of Fenway Park’s left-field wall fondly known as “The Green Monster.” The 10-foot high by 40-foot long wall will be used to list all the services available at the facility.

Tuscaloosa, AL
The Fast Trac Express Car Wash, a $2.5 million express wash project by real estate developer H.M. Nowlin, opened June 7 on the former site of the Mike’s Auto Sales used car lot.

Assistant manager Lee Scott said the fully-automated carwash served 155 customers on opening day and has had a steady stream of clients since.

A basic wash through the 150-foot tunnel costs $5. The $12 “ultimate” wash includes tire shine, triple foam polish and a sprayer-applied Teflon-based sealant. All washes include unlimited use of one of the wash’s 24 vacuum bays.

“You can vacuum all day if you feel like it,” Scott said.

Although the carwash uses an automated payment system, it still employs about 12 people. It is the developer’s first carwash, although he has tentative plans to open a second location, possibly in Northport, AL.

York Township, PA
Captain Carwash opened here with its grand opening celebration held on June 7.

The carwash donated 50 percent of the sales made during the grand opening to the York County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Centre, PA
Team Blue Hand Car Wash is open for business and its managing partners are hoping for success.

“Our whole concept is we wash, you relax,” managing partner Joe Shulman said. “It’s where the hospitality business meets the carwash.”

He said the concept, which was the idea of partner Jason Haas, could be franchised nationwide if the State College location proves successful.

As for the hospitality aspect, the carwash has that covered, offering a waiting room with a 50-inch flat screen television, PlayStation 3, Wi-Fi and laptops, as well as complimentary coffee.

Milford, NJ
A Shammy Shine Car Wash, based here, has been remodeled and now includes computer-controlled equipment by Innovative Control Systems (ICS) which will help to conserve electricity, water and cleaning solutions, according to a company press release.

Shammy Shine was recently included in Professional Carwashing and Detailing’s list of the 50 largest conveyor carwash operators in the nation.

Carwash customers will now use an auto cashier machine, which offers help in English and Spanish, similar to an ATM machine.

Shammy Shine said it also plans on converting its washes in Lehigh Valley, PA.

Owner H. Craig Stem said, “The computer system allows us to conserve electricity, water and wash solutions, all consistent with our eco-friendly corporate approach.”

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