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For the past three years, the same carwash chains have dominated the top five slots in the same order: Mister Car Wash, Autobell Car Wash, Wash Depot Holdings, Goo-Goo Express Wash Inc. and Boomerang Carwash.

This year, the top five looks a little different because two “new” players have entered the field. In fact, 40 percent of the top 10 are new to the rankings, whether because they rose in rank or were newly added. Of further note is the fact that there are 183 more locations in just the top 10 compared to last year’s list (from 575 to 758) — a 32 percent increase.

First place still belongs to Mister Car Wash, which gained 72 new locations since the release of the 2016 Top 50 list and showed the largest growth.

Second place now belongs to a company still relatively new to the U.S. sector: International Car Wash Group (ICWG). ICWG entered the U.S. market in 2015. While its American portfolio already contained multiple chains, including Car Wash USA Express, in August 2017 it also acquired Goo-Goo Express Wash. Goo-Goo Express Wash and Car Wash USA Express were on our 2016 Top 50 list in fourth and 13th places respectively.

Third place also sees an old name in a new spot. Shortly after PC&D released the Top 50 list last year, Zips Car Wash acquired Boomerang Carwash in a deal that “represents the largest single-company acquisition in the history of the carwash industry,” according to a press release at the time of the acquisition. (Not even 11 months later, ICWG eclipsed this mark with its Goo-Goo acquisition.) Zips Car Wash, which was ranked ninth last year with 23 locations, immediately jumped up to third place with 57 locations. Since then, the chain has conducted a steady series of acquisitions, gaining 71 new locations overall.

Fourth place now belongs to Autobell Car Wash, which added four locations since last year’s list, and Wash Depot Holdings Inc. rounds out fifth place.

1. Mister Car Wash

Tucson, AZ
www.mistercarwash.com
250 locations

The Mister Car Wash brand is anchored in quality, friendliness and our commitment to creating memorable customer experiences. We recruit and retain top talent, offer best-in-class training programs, invest in employee benefits and celebrate our employees’ successes. We also give back to the communities we serve through programs like “Inspiring Futures.” Mister Car Wash inspires people to shine by motivating both our employees and our customers to be their best.

2. International Car Wash Group (ICWG)

Centennial, CO
www.icwg.com
126 locations

Founded in 1965, ICWG is the world’s largest conveyor carwash company, currently operating in 14 countries around the globe and washing more than 35 million cars every year through a network of more than 900 locations. ICWG operates under the IMO banner in Europe and Asia-Pacific. In the U.S., ICWG operates under the banners of Car Wash USA Express, Goo-Goo, Zippy’s, Car Wash Express and Supersonic Car Wash. ICWG is committed to delivering consistent wash quality for the customer while minimizing the impact on the environment.

3. Zips Car Wash

Little Rock, AR
www.zipscarwash.com
94 locations

At Zips Car Wash, we are revolutionizing the carwash industry through a high-performing culture. Headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas, Zips operates 94 locations in 11 states, including Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee. Zips offers four levels of carwash packages in the convenient form of a ride-thru carwash experience. Zips also offers free self-serve vacuums and Unlimited Wash Club Memberships at all locations.

4. Autobell Car Wash

Charlotte, NC
www.autobell.com
78 locations

Founded in 1969 in Charlotte by the late Charles Howard Sr., Autobell Car Wash has 78 locations in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Maryland, and it remains privately held and operated by the Howard family. The company is well known for its water conservation procedures and employee certification training program and has received recognition from utilities, governments and media for its environmental commitment, community and employee relations, and its scholarship and charity carwash programs.

5. Wash Depot Holdings Inc.

Malden, MA
www.cleancarfeeling.com
50 locations

Wash Depot Holdings Inc. was founded in 1995 and is based outside Boston, Massachusetts. With 50 carwash facilities from New Hampshire to California, Wash Depot is one of the nation’s largest carwash companies and markets under the Simoniz, Sparkling Image and Eager Beaver brands. In addition, Wash Depot operates Meguiar’s Detail Centers and Mobil 1 Lube Express quick lubes.

 

Ranking  

Organization Name

City

State

URL

No. of
locations

6

Quick Quack Car Wash

Roseville

CA

www.dontdrivedirty.com

40

7

Raceway Express Car Wash

Phoenix

AZ

www.racewaycarwash.com

33

8

Crew Carwash

Indianapolis

IN

www.crewcarwash.com

30

9

Delta Sonic

Buffalo

NY

www.deltasoniccarwash.com

29

10

Golden Nozzle CarWash

Springfield

MA

www.goldennozzlecarwash.com

28

11

Terrible Herbst

Las Vegas

NV

www.terribleherbst.com

26

12

Brown Bear Car Wash

Seattle

WA

www.brownbear.com

25

13

The Wash Tub

San Antonio

TX

www.washtub.com

23

14

Mike’s Carwash

Loveland

OH

www.mikescarwash.com

22

15

BlueWave Express

San Rafael

CA

www.bluewaveexpress.com

21

16

Fuller’s Carwash

Hinsdale

IL

www.fullerscarwash.com

20

Waterway® Carwash

St. Louis

MO

www.waterway.com

20

17

Cobblestone Auto Spa

Phoenix

AZ

www.cobblestone.com

19

Prime Shine Car Wash

Modesto

CA

www.primeshine.com

19

18

Kaady Car Wash

Portland

OR

www.kaady.com

18

ScrubaDub Auto Wash Centers

Natick

MA

www.scrubadub.com

18

Splash Car Wash

Greenwich

CT

www.splashcarwashes.com

18

19

Washman LLC

Portland

OR

www.washmanusa.com

17

20

Car Spa

Dallas

TX

www.carspa.net

16

Fast Eddie’s and Letavis Ent.

Swartz Creek

MI

www.fasteddiescarcare.com

16

Hoffman Car Wash

Albany

NY

www.hoffmancarwash.com

16

SuperStar Car Wash

Chandler

AZ

www.superstarcarwashaz.com

16

21

Clean Freak Car Wash

Scottsdale

AZ

www.cleanfreakcarwash.com

14

Francis & Sons Car Wash

Phoenix

AZ

www.francisandsonscarwash.com

14

Frank’s Car Wash

Columbia

SC

www.frankscarwash.com

14

Surf Thru Express Car Wash

Bakersfield

CA

www.surfthruexpress.com

14

Tidal Wave Auto Spa

Atlanta

GA

www.tidalwaveautospa.com

14

22

Moo Moo Express Car Wash

Etna

OH

www.moomoocarwash.com

13

Rich’s Car Wash

Saraland

AL

www.richscarwash.com

13

23

Carmel Car Wash

Dallas

TX

www.carmelcarwash.com

12

24

Haffner’s

Lawrence

MA

www.haffners.com

11

Jacksons Car Wash

Scottsdale

AZ

www.jacksonswash.com

11

Mr. Clean Car Wash

Norcross

GA

www.mrcleancarwash.com

11

Scrub-a-Dub

Milwaukee

WI

www.scrubadub.biz

11

Shammy Shine

Milford

NJ

www.shammyshine.com

11

25

Jett Express

Fort Worth

TX

www.jettexpresscarwash.com

10

Mr. Sparkle Car Washes

South Windsor

CT

www.mrsparklecarwash.com

10

Soapy Joe’s Car Wash

National City

CA

www.soapyjoescarwash.com

10

Super Shine Auto Wash Centers

Braintree

MA

www.supershineautowash.com

10

Wash Masters

Irving

TX

www.washmasters.net

10

26

Fast5xpress

Irvine

CA

www.fast5xpress.com

9

Quick N Clean

Scottsdale

AZ

www.quicknclean.net

9

Rainstorm Car Wash

Decatur

IL

www.rainstormcarwash.com

9

Super Car Wash

Royal Oak

MI

www.supercarwash.net

9

Waterdrops Express Car Wash

Los Angeles

CA

www.waterdropscarwash.com

9

 

Editor’s note: The information provided in the 2017 Top 50 list was compiled based on last year’s list, submissions, internal research conducted with our team and our industry partners and by investigating carwashes’ websites. Carwashes included in this year’s list may or may not have been confirmed by their owners in 2017. If you believe your conveyor carwash chain should be included in Professional Carwashing & Detailing’s annual Top 50 list, make sure to be on the lookout for the 2018 Top 50 submission request, or email Editorial Director Rich DiPaolo at rich@grandviewmedia.com for more information.