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October 11, 2010
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In the advent of a rise in electronic publishing and business-to-business communication through online forums, weblogs and webinars, Professional Carwashing & Detailing® is extending its online outreach to its core print readers through this new section of the magazine.

Monthly, PC&D readers can expect to find interactive information here on hot topics and online conversations related to our polls posted on our website.

In recent years, car-care professionals have helped drive traffic to industry-related websites seeking new information to help their businesses, stay informed with current events and technical resources, and use the Internet as an electronic marketing tool via electronic commerce.

If you aren't a regular visitor to our website, consider this an official invitation to take part in our new print-to-online section.

Are rising gas prices directly affecting your carwash business?

For a chance to take part in this month's industry poll, log on to www.carwash.com to cast your vote, read what peers have to say on the topic and add your comments on how gas pricing is influencing the car-care industry as a whole.

Recently, our Professional Car Care Online™ has reported the following on the issue:

Carwashes battle rising gas prices, fewer customers

BATON ROUGE, LA — Steadily rising gasoline prices are starting to take a toll on drivers and carwash businesses.

A poll conducted for the Associated Press and America Online News found that 64 percent of those surveyed say gas prices will cause financial problems for them in the next six months.

Justin Alford, co-owner of the Benny's Car Wash & Oil Change/B-Quik Convenience stores across Baton Rouge said that although gasoline sales have not changed, business at his four carwashes are down as much as 5 percent to 10 percent per location.

Some of that decrease is due to a rainy July, but some was caused by rising gas prices.

Carwashing helps businesses bruised by gas spike

NORWICH, CT — Motorists being affected by higher fuel prices are filling up less frequently, and multi-profit center businesses are looking to the wash to make up the difference.

Raymond Thapar, manager of a local Shell Station, said his business has been poor for about a month. He has been losing about $3,000 a week and making only a nickel-per-gallon off the sale of regular gasoline.

Thapar said the carwash he operates is keeping his business going. He recently lowered the $2 wash to only $1 to keep the customers coming back.

For more details, visit us online at www.carwash.com.