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U.S. Car Wash Industry Shows Growth in 2012

February 19, 2013
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For Immediate Release

Data supplied by retail car wash locations through the International Carwash Association’s Wash Count™ program showed that the U.S. car wash industry continues to recover with the overall economy, posting gains in both average car washes per location (wash counts) and average revenue per car wash (ticket average). In 2012, wash counts grew by 2.1 percent, while ticket average grew by 2.6 percent.

More than 500 locations are enrolled in Wash Count, which enables the data to be interpreted at the 95 percent confidence level (+/- 5 percent). The Association estimates the total number of car wash locations in the United States at approximately 80,500.

Wash Count is available at no additional cost to Association members. Participants receive valuable quarterly benchmarking data that is unavailable to non-participants, including the ability to compare results to a broad cross-section of the industry by geography and car wash model type.

“Wash Count has become an incredibly valuable tool for operators to evaluate their performance against the industry and view trends by car wash type in different regions of the country,” said International Carwash Association CEO Eric Wulf. “The results from 2012 confirm that the car wash business is again growing, and fuels additional optimism for 2013.”

Operators interested in joining the Wash Count program can learn more by visiting and clicking on the Wash Count icon. Potential investors to the car wash industry can request additional information about the car wash business by visiting the same website and clicking “Learn more about the car wash industry” or by participating in the New Investor Seminar on April 21 at The Car Wash Show in Las Vegas.

About ICA

The International Carwash Association® is the nonprofit trade group representing the retail and supply segments of the professional car wash industry in North America and around the globe. The Association's member companies represent more than 15,000 car washes in nearly two dozen countries.

In addition to Wash Count, the Association produces The Car Wash Show™, the world's largest car wash trade show and convention, and administers WaterSavers®, the industry's leading environmental recognition program.