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Environmental Reports

Water Use in the Professional Car Wash Industry

This two-year study is designed to assess both water usage including the impact of evaporation and carryout, and wastewater quality including solid waste. The principle objective of this study is to determine the volume difference between fresh water consumed and wastewater discharged while quantifying the average water consumption per vehicle by professional car washes.

Additional Research

Germs in Your Car Driving You Crazy? -
This study by Dr. Charles P. Gerba and Sheri L. Maxwell examined the relative numbers of bacteria and molds in automobiles. Several variables were considered, including different areas of the vehicle, type of vehicle, whether there were children involved with the vehicle, geographic location, married or single drivers, and male or female drivers.

Consumer Car Washing Attitudes & Habits

Business owners face the challenge to meet and satisfy customers’ evolving needs and wants. Understanding customers through their attitudes and behaviors should be a constant process in order to meet changing demands. The International Carwash Association recognizes this need, and the importance of collecting data that properly reflects the consumer’s motivations, needs and preferences in purchasing decisions.

The objective of this research is three-fold: collect and disseminate reliable information on car wash customers to the industry; obtain knowledge about public perceptions of car washing so that an informational campaign could be established; and finally, collect information on the non-user and professional car washing's number one competitor - the home washer. 

The most recent research was completed in 2016 and is available for purchase here.

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