Mister Car Wash is the largest conveyor carwash operator in the U.S. In 2014, Leonard Green & Partners bought Mister Car Wash from ONCAP II, which grew the chain from under forty locations in 2007 to its industry-leading size. Its philosophy continues to be “providing high-quality, speedy service in welcoming, comfortable settings.”
Driven Brands is headquartered in Charlotte, NC and is the largest automotive services company in North America, providing a range of consumer and commercial automotive needs including oil change and car washes. International Car Wash Group (ICWG) is the world’s largest local car wash, cleaning more than 35 million cars a year. It operates over 900 locations in 14 countries across US, Europe and Australia, with over 230 US venues. ICWG entered the US market in 2015 and quickly became the third largest conveyor car wash owner, operating under the Car Wash USA Express, Goo-Goo Express, and Supersonic Car Wash brands. Driven Brands (ICWG) is committed to leading the industry in operational excellence and innovative customer service and aims to be the partner of choice for employees and all car wash operators potentially interested in joining the Driven Brands (ICWG) family.
Originally named Splash & Dash Car Wash, the car wash chain began in Sacramento with a single location in 2004 and quickly grew to six locations within three years. In 2008, the company doubled in size by acquiring a chain of car washes in northwest Texas named Quick Quack Car Wash. Shortly following the acquisition, the company adopted the Quick Quack name across all 13 locations and was recognized as one of the fastest growing companies by Inc. Magazine and the Sacramento Business Journal.
Tidal Wave Auto Spa’s roots stem back 1999 when Scott and Hope Blackstock decided to add a car wash to their Thomaston, Georgia-based auto service center. They started with a simple, 5 bay self-service wand wash. In 2004, Tidal Wave opened its very first express car wash in metro Atlanta which ultimately became Tidal Wave’s signature model.
Tommy’s Express is a national car wash franchise that offers quick service, modern facilities, and a professional clean. This fast-growing national car wash franchise is built around the Totally Tommy site model initially developed by Tommy Car Wash Systems. The franchise locations across the US are closely supported with exclusive training, marketing, and technical assistance and enjoy access to proprietary, franchise-exclusive developments in wash products and technology. Tommy’s Express is featured on the Entrepreneur Franchise 500 list as #1 in the car wash category and on the list of Fastest-Growing Franchises.
Spotless Car Wash Brands (“Spotless”) was established in 2020 with the purpose of revolutionizing the express carwash industry through partnering with best-in-class operators in premium markets and enabling transformative growth. Through its partnerships with Cobblestone Auto Spa, Okie Express Auto Wash, Ultimate Shine, and Flagship Car Wash, Spotless’ affiliates currently operate in Phoenix, Denver, Oklahoma City, DC, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Tennessee.
GO Car Wash was founded in 2019 with the goal of building a multi-regional car wash company with clusters throughout secondary cities across North America. Headquartered in Denver, CO, GO Car Wash focuses on exterior express car washes, with a multi-pronged growth strategy of acquisitions, partnerships, and new site buildout.
Mammoth partners with Red Dog Equity LLC, an Atlanta-based private equity firm, operates conveyor car washes under the Coastal Carwash, Shine-N-Go, SUDS, Silverstar, Busy Bee, PureMagic, Marc-1, Ultra, Wash Me Fast, Wiggy Wash, Pals, Finish Line, LuLu’s, Ollie’s, PitStop, and Swifty brands in Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, Illinois, Utah, South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, Indiana, Tennessee, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, and Florida. Mammoth Holdings was founded by Gary Dennis and Chip Hackett in 2002.
Founded in 2016 and headquartered in Houston, Texas, WhiteWater has grown from a single location operator into a multi-regional express carwash platform which goes to market under a unified brand. WhiteWater has expanded its geographic presence by entering new markets via acquisition, then building greenfield locations. The company currently operates locations across Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan. In early 2022, WhiteWater Express Car Wash announced that it had partnered with Freeman Spogli & Co. WhiteWater’s founders, Steve Mathis, Clayton Clark and Shane Wilson, and SkyKnight Capital, L.P. will remain significant investors alongside Freeman Spogli.
Express Wash Concepts (EWC) is the parent company of Central Ohio-based Moo Moo Express Car Wash, Dayton, Ohio-based Flying Express Car Wash, Greater Cleveland-based Clean Express Auto Wash and Toledo-based Meyers Auto Wash. EWC is opening more locations and also plans to expand their Green Clean brand across Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina.
Headquartered in Gilbert, Arizona, LUV Car Wash was founded in 2021 by industry veterans Darren Skarecky, JT Thomson and Susquehanna Private Capital. LUV is a nationwide express car wash platform. Through both acquisitions and new-build developments, and an aggressive, multi-pronged growth strategy, the company plans to expand across the country. Their car washes are located in California, Nevada, Georgia, and Florida.
Alimentation Couche-Tard, the Canada-based parent of convenience store chain Circle K, acquired True Blue Car Wash in 2023. True Blue Car Wash, LLC, has grown exponentially in the last few years through acquisitions and greenfield development. The True Blue family includes Rainstorm Car Wash and Clean Freak. Their brands can be found in Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, and Texas.
Headquartered in Spring, MA, Golden Nozzle Car Wash started in the 1970’s by F.L. Roberts & Company. In 2016, Nouria Energy acquired F.L. Roberts & Company’s convenience stores and Golden Nozzle Car Wash. Since that time, the Golden Nozzle brand has has expanded, and can be found in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.
Wash Depot Holdings, Inc. is a privately owned company that operates full-service car washes in the U.S. under multiple brands, which include “Simoniz Car Wash®,” “Sparkling Image Car Wash®” and “Eager Beaver Car Wash®.” Wash Depot was founded in 1995 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Crew Carwash is an Indiana based, multi-generational family business began in 1948. Founder Joe Dahm opened Indiana’s first automated carwash, Mike’s Minit Man. A few years later, Joe’s brother Ed Dahm, joined the business. Still owned by the Dahm Family, Crew Carwash continues to grow and innovate.
Mark Curtis and Chris Fisher purchased Greenwich Car Wash in 1981. By 1994, they had changed the name to Splash Car Wash. Since then, the Splash Car Wash brand has continued to grow and now operates locations throughout Connecticut, New York and Vermont.
Raceway Car Wash Family of brands includes Raceway Express in Arizona and California, Clean Getaway and Shine Car Wash in Texas, La Qunita Car Wash in California. and Sierra Car Wash in California. The Raceway Car Wash Family continues to expand their current markets and open up new markets through both acquisition and new development.
Founded in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1948, Mike’s Carwash is headquartered in Loveland, Ohio. The company is known for its state-of-the-art carwash technology, friendly customer service and its dedication to the communities it serves. Mike’s has locations Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky.
Since the inception of the Caliber Car Wash brand in 2018 in Florida, the company has expanded into Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina. In 2022, Caliber expanded into Texas with the acquisition of Q Car Wash. Caliber operates these acquired sites under the Q Car Wash name.
Terrible Herbst is a family-owned business, founded in 1959 by Jerry Herbst. Sons Ed, Tim and Troy continue to run the businesses. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, the company is a convenience store, fuel station, and car wash franchise that operates within the Nevada, California, Utah, and Arizona areas.
In 1976, brothers Rayford and Timothy Richardson opened the first Rich’s Car Wash location in Saraland, AL. Currently, Rich’s Car Wash operates locations throughout Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, Louisianna, Georgia, and Florida. The sites offer a combination of services, including express wash tunnels, full-service car washes, detailing, lube, oil and filter replacement and windshield repair.
In 1970, Henry Dubinsky and a group of friends opened the first Waterway® car wash in the St Louis, Missouri. Fifty years later, Waterway Car washes can be found throughout Missouri, Kansas, Ohio, Illinois and Colorado.
Victor Odermat opened the first Brown Bear Car Wash in Seattle in 1957. The company has continued to expand throughout Washington with tunnel, self-serve and touchless carwashes, as well as gas stations and Hungry Bear Markets.
Since building their first self-service car wash in 1965, the Hoffman family has grown their business to multiple locations across the state of New York. The Company currently operates full service and exterior car wash facilities, as well as providing customers with interior cleaning and express detail services. They also have self-service wash sites and Jiffy Lube service centers.
Bob Fuller began a partnership in a service station with a lube and wash in 1946 in Hinsdale, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Bob’s sons continued the legacy and grew the business.Today, Fuller’s Car Washes can be found throughout the greater Chicago area.
The Paisner family has operated ScrubaDub Auto Wash Centers since 1966. The company has grown exponentially since that time, and now the third generation of the Paisner family currently operates locations throughout Massachusetts.
Lubbock-based Mighty Wash Auto Bath is among the largest conveyor car wash companies in the country. Founded in 2012 by the late Dr. Mike Rice, Mighty Wash has locations across West Texas and the Permian Basin.
Soapy Joe’s Car Wash is a family owned and operated business headquartered in San Diego, California, with Lorens Attisha as its CEO. Their express car washes can be found throughout the great San Diego area, with additional locations forecasted for the future.
The first Valet Auto Wash opened in 1994 in a repurposed historical trolley car barn in Trenton, New Jersey. Today, they have locations throughout New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, and offering car wash and lube services.
Francis & Sons Car Wash began servicing Arizona customers in 1997. Since they have grown their locations throughout Arizona. The company provides a range of services, including full-service car wash, express, oil & lube, auto maintenance service, windshield repair and replacement, window tinting, and convenience stores.
Fins Car Wash is for car lovers–no matter the make, model or age of your car. Our motto is FAST, FUN and FINTASTIC.
FAST because we know your time is valuable and that you want to spend as much of it on the open road as possible. FUN because you have lots of things in your life to be serious about, but a two-minute car wash shouldn’t be one of them. FINTASTIC because, well, it just is!
Their success can be attributed to their fantastic associates and operating partners. The founding family has built and operated car washes in California, Arizona, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Idaho, Washington and Montana. “Serving our guests at our car washes is our passion.”
The Haffner family began with a filling station in 1925. In the 1990’s they began building car washes. Haffner’s Car Washes can be found in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. In addition to Car Washes, Haffner’s family of businesses include heating oil, propane, burner and AC services.
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