Professional Carwashing & Detailing

News from the Industry

January 5, 2012

Going, going, gone! Carwash sells for $1.1M

A carwash in Miamisburg, OH, sold for $1.1 million to Wed Five One LLC.

Jozabe Investments Inc. was responsible for the sale. The 2,330-square-foot carwash building, built in 2002, sold for $450,000 ($193 per square foot) and the business sold for another $650,000.

Carwash slapped with $3M labor lawsuit

The city of San Francisco filed suit against a carwash for overtime and waiting time violations.

The city attorney and a labor organization allege that Tower Car Wash failed to properly pay employees.

The lawsuit seeks to recover compensation, penalties and interest that could exceed $3 million. According to the complaint, "although it appears on the surface that Defendants pay their employees the minimum wage (because the employees are paid minimum wage for the hours during which they are clocked in), in reality Defendants fail to pay the minimum wage, because the employees are not paid for the many hours they spend waiting to clock in."

Tower Car Wash has a contract with San Francisco to wash city-owned vehicles.

Fully detailed Ford Fairlane sells for $700K

A 1964 Ford Fairlane sold for $700,000 in Las Vegas in November, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to charity.

Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson and the previous owner of the Fairlane, said, "Our men and women in uniform are on the front lines every day, and their families are continually called upon to put others first. We at Barrett-Jackson feel strongly about this incredible group of people and amazing charity, and that's why I am willing to give up one of my prized possessions to show how thankful I am."

The Fairlane underwent hundreds of hours of restoration and detailing, and it was displayed at a Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes booth during a SEMA convention.

Speeding SUV strikes carwash employee

A carwash worker was hospitalized with serious injuries in Greenwich, CT, after being struck by an SUV. A Lexus SUV was exiting the Splash Car Wash and sideswiped two vehicles and struck the employee.

Police said the worker suffered injuries to his right leg and the right side of his upper body. He appeared to have cut his head as well.

Another Splash worker noted that the woman at the wheel was driving fast, and he said the worker who was hit was fortunate to have escaped without more serious injuries.

"He's a lucky guy; that lady was flying," Brian Sargeant said. "It was definitely unsettling. That could be any one of us."

Michael Moore makes good on carwash pledge

Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Moore — made famous for his controversial movies such as "Bowling for Columbine" and "Fahrenheit 9/11" — was spotted at a carwash in Portland, OR, scrubbing a Toyota Corolla. Moore was in Portland to promote his new book, and he made good on a promise to wash Forest Grove resident Paul Hardwood's car.

In 2010, Moore challenged viewers of a cable TV program to find a provision in the 2011 health care reform bill that fined insurers that refused to cover someone because of a pre-existing condition.

Harwood found the fine in 20 minutes, and, for that, Moore promised to wash Harwood's car the next time he was in Portland. Harwood said that he was disappointed his son was busy with his Ford truck. "I was really hoping he could wash an American car."

Thirty carwash workers unionize in CA

A group of 30 carwash workers in Santa Monica became the first ever to sign a union contract. Employees at the Bonus Car Wash signed a two-year agreement, and, as PC&D reported back in October, this contract was created with the help of the Community Labor Environmental Action Network (CLEAN).

The AFL-CIO also helped secure the contract, which gave workers a bonus, a 2 percent wage increase, and it enacted health and safety measures. It also includes a grievance and arbitration procedure to settle disputes.

The United Steelworkers (USW) union represents the workers. Robert LaVenture, USW director of the district that oversaw the campaign, said employees in the carwashing industry were being treated like workers in a third-world country. He said that helping the workers was "the right thing to do."

Former NY Knick is having a ball owning carwashes

Former New York Knicks forward Charles Oakley has owned and operated a carwash in Yonkers, NY, for almost 20 years.

Oakley's Car Wash opened in 1995, and three years later, another location was opened in Brooklyn, NY.

The 6-foot-9-inch Oakley, who is now an assistant coach with the Charlotte Bobcats, will even help workers vacuum and wipe down cars when he is at the wash. Oakley recruited investor friends to help start the business, and he supervised everything from soap to staff. "I hire people that want to be there and enjoy working for me," Oakley said.