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Around the Industry - March 2014

February 25, 2014
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Carwash added to AAA Allied Group

CINCINNATI — Rainbow Car Wash has been acquired by AAA, according to a Cincinnati Business Courier story.

“The acquisition of Rainbow Car Wash represents AAA’s ongoing commitment to adding value to the AAA membership experience,” said James Pease, AAA Allied Group CEO.”

AAA members are looking for new services, and adding carwash benefits to AAA is another way to help customers, according to the article.

Members of AAA will have added benefits and discounts when they go to the carwash, and all patrons will still be offered service.

NJ carwash to raise prices due to min. wage hike

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP, NJ — A carwash here is being forced to raise its prices to make up for the minimum wage hike, according to a pressofAtlanticCity report.

The Dec. 30 story said hourly employees will get a 14 percent raise starting Jan. 1 as the minimum wage will be going from $7.25 to $8.25 per hour.

Pragnesh Patel, owner of Billy Bob’s Car Wash has 13 employees and said he has to raise prices to stay afloat.

“We are a labor-intensive business, and it is going to impact us. Prices will go up. … Otherwise, we can’t survive,” Patel said in the story.

According to the story, New Jersey Policy Perspective has estimated that 254,000 workers will get more money as a result. 

The New Jersey business community spent more than $1 million in efforts to stop the hike, claiming it would lead to layoffs.

Carwash worker dies after being struck by SUV

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — New details have been released regarding the story of the carwash employee who was killed over the weekend, NEWS12 reported.

An employee, who was driving a 2010 Lincoln Navigator, attempted to move the vehicle forward at the Automated Hand Carwash, but instead, it accelerated, killing him, according to witnesses and the police. The employee was thrown out of the Navigator, and was subsequently hit as it continued to move, according to the police. Witnesses reported that the SUV continued to move “wildly for more than a block before hitting a fire hydrant.”

According the Jan. 14 NEWS12 story, the official cause of death has been listed as "blunt trauma."

More specifically, the medical examiner said the employee died from blunt injuries to the torso.

There have been past issues with carwashes and “sudden unintended acceleration” with SUVs, but an exact cause has not been revealed to the press.

Carwash crash blamed on sun glare

LA PORTE, IN — A driver said sun glare is to blame after he hit the car in front of him while exiting the Tiny Bubbles Car Wash here, the Herald Argus reported.

The Dec. 31 story said the driver said he didn't know the car in front of him had stopped. A carwash employee was in the middle of the two cars, drying off a vehicle, when it happened.

Three police cars, an ambulance and two fire trucks were called to the scene.

The employee suffered leg injuries and was taken to the hospital.

Crash at carwash leads to two in hospital

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. — Robert Henderson and his wife Lucille, ended up in a hospital on Saturday, Jan. 28, after being involved in an accident with Angelia Roberts at Patriot Car Wash, the Baxter Bulleting reported.

Robert Henderson was turning into Patriot Car Wash, but he failed to yield the right of way, and collided into Robert’s Explorer, according to the article.

The couple was injured in the crash, but the extent of the injuries was not reported.

Henderson was given a citation for careless driving.

Large vehicle causes $41K in damages

WELLSBORO, Pa. — An over-sized vehicle apparently caused $41,041 in damages to Butter's Car Wash, according to The Wellsboro Gazette.

The Jan. 13 story said the incident took place on Dec. 13.

Police are investigating the incident. So far, they know that the vehicle may have been white in color.

Splash Car Wash given 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award

GREENWICH, CT – Splash Car Wash has been given the highly esteemed Angie’s List Super Service Award, which is a reflection of the company’s superior service throughout 2013, stated the story for PRWEB.

“Only about 5 percent of the companies Splash Car Wash competes with are able to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List, for the story.

Super Service Award winners must meet high eligibility standards, and follow Angie’s List operational guidelines, the story stated.

Splash went into business in 1981, and has become one of the top 20 largest carwashes in the U.S., according to the story.

Car Detailer looking to expand with used car lot, but faces opposition

OTTUMWA, IA — A car detailing shop wants to add a used car dealership to its business, but is receiving opposition from city planning, according to the Ottumwa Evening Post.

The owner has agreed to only showcase six cars at a time, and desires to focus on import and luxury cars.    

The criticism is that the expanded business would not be aesthetically pleasing to the historic district. The business failed to generate the necessary votes to be approved for rezoning.

The owner of the detailing business, Jeff Spurgeon, was disappointed with the decision, and said he spent months creating a business plan that would work with the city.

Danny’s general manager pleads guilty to immigration fraud charges

PHOENIX — General manager, Jack Edlund, is now the highest-ranking member of Danny’s Family Car Wash to plead guilty, according to the Associated Press.

The employees are charged with rehiring staff who did not have proper authorization to work in the U.S. An audit found that around half of Danny’s employees did not have proper documentation.

Edlund spent over two years as the general manager of Danny’s.

There are now 12 members of Danny’s who have pleaded guilty, out of the 14 who have been charged.

A sentencing date of June 2 has been set for two of the managers who have previously pleaded guilty, Oscar Ivan Gastelum-Aguilar and Henry Antonio Hernandez-Alonzo.