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ICA: U.S. carwash industry rebounded in 2012

February 19, 2013

CHICAGO — Data from the International Carwash Association’s (ICA) Wash Count™ program showed that, in 2012, wash counts grew by 2.1 percent while the ticket average grew by 2.6 percent, according to a press release.

The Feb. 15 release stated that the results show the U.S. carwash industry continuing to recover with the overall economy. Using information from the 500 locations enrolled in Wash Count, the ICA said the data can be interpreted at a 95 percent confidence level.

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The ICA estimates that the total number of carwash locations in the U.S. is approximately 80,500.

“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,” ICA CEO Eric Wulf said in the release. “The results from 2012 confirm that the car wash business is again growing, and fuels additional optimism for 2013.”

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Wash Count is available at no additional cost to ICA members. Participants receive quarterly benchmarking data that is unavailable to non-participants. Results can be prepared across a broad cross-section of the industry by geography and carwash model type.

Read the entire release here.