Did a lost contract cause carwash bankruptcy? - Professional Carwashing & Detailing

Did a lost contract cause carwash bankruptcy?

FAIRFIELD, CT — A customer and a police department are left looking for answers after a carwash known in the community for 30 years suddenly closed its doors and declared bankruptcy.

FAIRFIELD, CT — After a carwash declared bankruptcy here, a customer was left with $200 in worthless prepaid washes and a police department was left without a contract wash, the Connecticut Post reported.

The May 30 article stated that the Villa Avenue Car Wash was a longtime institution in the city, and for more than 30 years the family-run carwash held contracts to wash municipal and police vehicles in Fairfield and Easton.

The wash lost the Fairfield contract in 2008, won it back in 2010, and lost it again in 2011. Many customers think that was the beginning of the carwash’s demise. Before 2011 ended, the carwash filed for bankruptcy revealing it owed landlord Tunxis Hill Associates almost $148,000 for back rent and other charges.

“It took us by surprise, the closing of this place,” Fairfield Deputy Police Chief Christopher Lyddy said in the article. “I got a call from the Easton Police Department, six months ago, which was still under contract with them, and they (Easton) wanted to know if we knew anything about what was going on because they had brought their cars there. They were standing outside and there was nobody to be found.”

Diane McGeady, who received $200 in prepaid wash vouchers to Villa as a stocking stuffer last Christmas, now feels like she’s been taken. “I don’t know that I’ll ever buy prepaid carwashes again,” she said in the story. “It’s not worth it for the little bit of savings you get. I’ll probably just go back to washing my Jeep myself.”

No one associated with the carwash returned phone calls left by the Connecticut Post, the story noted.

You May Also Like

NYSCWA holds event at JMA Dome

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The association held an informal gathering during a recent Syracuse University football game.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The New York State Car Wash Association (NYSCWA) held an informal event at the JMA Wireless Dome (formerly The Carrier Dome) on Sept. 23 when the Syracuse Orange took on the Army West Point Black Knights for a noon football game, the association announced in a press release.

Idaho Press names Metro Express Top Workplaces winner

BOISE, Idaho —The survey measures employee feedback on 15 culture drivers.

Splash Car Wash is growing in locations and Top Workplaces

NORWALK, Conn. — Splash CEO credits personnel and corporate culture for helping the carwash company make the list beginning in 2014.

ZIPS Car Wash recognized by Newsweek for ‘Best in Customer Service’

PLANO, Texas — This award recognizes 724 brands in 166 categories that go above and beyond when it comes to customer service and what that looks like in today’s world.

Cheetah Clean continues Kentucky expansion with acquisition of WaterWorks

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Cheetah Clean plans to refurbish and rebrand all units as Cheetah Clean Auto Wash in the coming months.

Other Posts

Tint World adds Pembroke Pines location

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The new store takes the franchise’s total number of Flori-da locations to 22.

Wild Blue Car Wash provides over 5,000 free washes during opening celebrations

MARSHALL, Mo. — This new express carwash features one teller window and one automated pay station with license plate recognition technology.

Yonder, Wild Blue Car Wash mascot
Tommy’s Express participating in Car Wash Show Europe

HOLLAND, Mich. — Breaking ground on the brand’s first international location in France, Tommy’s Express is expanding globally with development contracts in Canada, Netherlands and Australia.

ZIPS celebrates grand opening of 2nd Detroit Lakes carwash

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — ZIPS presented a $500 donation to Patriot Assistance Dogs to help continue their efforts to serve local veterans.