The 2014 Top 50 List - Professional Carwashing & Detailing

The 2014 Top 50 List

This top 50 list is made up of the nation’s largest conveyor carwash chains, and they are ranked by their number of locations.

This top 50 list is made up of the nation’s largest conveyor carwash chains, and they are ranked by their number of locations. This information was provided by the company or the company’s website. Other chains may qualify for this list, but they were not included in 2014 because the number of locations could not be verified by a company representative. For different chains that have the same number of locations, they share a ranking and have been listed alphabetically.

1: Mister Car Wash, Tuscon, Ariz.                            www.mistercarwash.com 134

Mister Car Wash continued its growth in 2014 and remained the largest conveyor carwash operator in the U.S. Sold in August of 2014 to Leonard Green & Partners, Mister Car Wash’s previous owner, ONCAP II, grew the chain from 39 locations in 2007 to its industry-leading size. Its philosophy continues to be providing high-quality, speedy service in welcoming, comfortable settings.

2: Autobell Car Wash, Charlotte, N.C.                                   www.autobell.com 65

Founded in 1969 in Charlotte by the late Charles Howard Sr., Autobell Car Wash has 65 locations in North and South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia and 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 it has received recognition from utilities, governments and media for its environmental commitment; community and employee relations; and its scholarship and charity carwash programs.

3: Wash Depot, Malden, Mass.                                               www.washdepot.com 52

Founded in 1995, Wash Depot operates the Simoniz Car Wash, Sparkling Image Car Wash and Eager Beaver Car Wash brands. Growing from 16 locations to more than 50, Wash Depot holdings include conveyor carwashes as well as detailing and lube services.

4: Goo Goo Express Wash, Columbus, Ga.                  www.googoocarwash.com 36

Since 1945 Goo Goo Express Wash has met the needs of the driving public by giving customers a quality carwash with fast, economical, great service. The Goo Goo 3 Minute Express Wash tunnel is packed with cutting edge equipment. Gentle microfiber cloth and Neoglide foam ensure vehicles are safely and thoroughly cleaned. Goo Goo uses specially formulated soaps and waxes to produce a finished product that meets customers’ expectations.

5: Boomerang Carwash, North Little Rock, Ark.

                                                                                      www.boomerangcarwash.com 32

The newest addition to the top five, Boomerang Carwash operates based on a mission statement of providing “the highest quality express carwash and exceptional customer service at all times resulting in customer loyalty and a repeat customer-base.” Started in 1995, the chain utilizes high-end equipment and chemicals and calls on its own service team that has built 40 tunnels collectively. The chain has also developed a strong brand built on common imagery and positive reputation.

6: Delta Sonic, Buffalo, N.Y.                                                     www.deltasoniccarwash.com 28

7: Crew Carwash, Indianapolis, Ind.                                     www.crewcarwash.com 26

8: Octopus Car Wash, Albuquerque, N.M./Madison, Wis.   www.octopuscarwash.com 24

9: Wash Tub Car Wash, San Antonio, Texas                       www.washtubcarwash.com 22

10: Brown Bear Car Wash, Seattle, Wash.                          www.brownbear.com 21

11: Kaady Car Wash, Portland, Ore.                                      www.kaady.com 19

(11): Nouria Energy, Worcester, Mass.                                  www.nouriaenergy.com 19

(11): Waterway Gas & Wash Co., St. Louis, Mo.                  www.waterway.com 19

12: Letavis Cloth Wash, Swartz Creek, Mich.                       www.fasteddiescarcare.com 16

(12): Prime Shine Car Wash, Modesto, Calif.                      www.primeshine.com 16

(12): Quick Quack Car Wash, Carmichael, Calif.                www.dontdrivedirty.com 16

(12): Splash Car Wash, Greenwich, Conn.                          www.splashcarwashes.com 16

13: Car Spa Inc., Dallas, Texas                                               www.carspa.net 15

(13): Golden Nozzle Car Wash, Springfield, Mass.             www.flroberts.com 15

(13): Hoffman Car Wash, Albany, N.Y.                                    www.hoffmancarwash.com 15

(13): Mike’s Carwash, Cincinnati, Ohio/Fort Wayne, Ind.   www.mikescarwash.com 15

(13): ScrubaDub, Natick, Mass.                                             www.scrubadub.com 15

14: Car Wash USA Express, Byhalia, Miss.                         www.carwashusaexpress.com 14

(14): Fullers Car Wash, Hinsdale, Ill.                                    www.fullerscarwash.com 14

(14): Mr. Sparkle Car Washes, South Windsor, Conn.       www.mrsparklecarwash.com 14

(14): Washman Car Washes, Portland, Ore.                       www.washmanusa.com 14

15: Danny’s Family Car Wash, Scottsdale, Ariz.                  www.dannysfamily.com 13

16: Zips, Tulsa, Okla.                                                                www.zipscarwash.com 12

17: Cascades Car Wash, North Richland Hills, Texas      www.cascadescarwash.com 11

(17): Haffner’s Car Care Group, Lawrence, Mass.             www.haffners.com 11

(17): Scrub-a-Dub, West Allis, Wis.                                       www.scrubadub.biz 11

18: Shammy Shine, Milford, N.J.                                            www.shammyshine.com 10

(18): Super Car Wash, Royal Oaks, Mich.                            www.supercarwash.net 10

(18): Super Shine Auto Wash, Braintree, Mass.                  www.supershineautowash.com 10

19: Cactus Car Wash, Charleston, S.C.                               www.cactuscarwash.com 9

(19): Elephant Car Wash, Auburn, Wash.                            www.elephantcarwash.com 9

20: Car Pool Inc., Richmond, Va.                                            www.carpool-llc.com 8

(20): Jett Express Car Wash, Arlington, Texas                     www.jettexpresscarwash.com 8

(20): Fabulous Freddy’s, Las Vegas, Nev.                            www.fabfred.com 8

(20): Flag Stop Carwash, Chester, Va.                                  www.flagstopcarwash.com 8

(20): PDQ Car Wash, Green Bay, Wis.                                  www.pdqcarwash.com 8

(20): Star Car Wash/Speedway Car Wash, Plano, Texas

www.starcarwash.com/www.speedwaycarwash.com 8

21: Benny’s Car Wash, Baton Rouge, La.                            www.bennyscarwash.com 6

(21): Mr. Wash Car Wash, Washington, D.C.                       www.mrwash.com 6

(21): Paradise Car Wash and Detail Center, Bloomington, Minn.     www.paradisecarwash.com 6

(21): Rain Tunnel Express Car Wash, St. Louis, Mo.         www.raintunnelexpress.com 6

(21): Southland Auto Wash, Grand Rapids, Mich.               www.southlandautowash.com 6

(21): Triangle Car Wash, Palmyra, Penn.                             www.trianglecarwashes.com 6

(21): Ultra Car Wash, Atlanta, Ga.                                           www.ultracarwash.com 6

(21): White Glove Car Wash, Wilmington, Del.                     www.whiteglovecarwash.com 6

You May Also Like

Featured profile: Gleam Car Wash

A shining example of investing in the community.

In a market where industry insiders are becoming accustomed to watching small operations be swallowed up by large, male dominated and capital backed mega chains, it offers a fresh perspective to see the opening of a small (but mighty), female owned and operated carwash.

This is exactly what happened in 2016, when seasoned real estate developer, Emilie Baratta, saw an opportunity to make a change in her community. The community in question, a Northwest Denver, Colorado, neighborhood, lacked a sophisticated carwash operation, and Baratta swooped in to provide this service, while also helping the greater good through inclusivity and care for the planet. So begins the story of Gleam Car Wash. 

Featured Profile: LUV Car Wash

This carwash chain has a lot of love to give.

LUV Car Wash
Top 50 Conveyor Carwash List prep is underway

The research to validate the information and compile the 2022 list has commenced.

Featured profile: All American Car Wash

Private equity helps keep this 25-year-old wash thriving.

Featured profile: Big League Car Wash

This carwash is headed for the majors.

Other Posts

Wash Talk ep. 132: Exec. Series — GO Car Wash

The COO of one of the nation’s largest carwash chains discusses the successful year for GO Car Wash.

Wash Talk ep. 126: Executive Series — Magnolia Wash Holdings

Insights from CEO Jose Costa about what drives success for the leading carwash brand.

Submissions open for the 2022 Top 50 list

The deadline for Top 50 submissions is Oct. 3.

Featured profile: Gleaux Car Wash

Creating a glowing reputation.