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Don't Miss Out! Register TODAY for the Denver Car Wash Tour!
SCWA On the Road Again:
Join us Aug. 19 in Denver, Colorado, at the Sheraton Denver West for a full day of car wash touring - round table discussions and reception.


Group rate deadline: July 31

Make your hotel reservation here!

Waterway Car Wash; Ocean Express; Car Wash Express; Octopus Car Wash and Eco Express are just a few of the car washes on the tour!

Questions? Contact the SCWA Headquarters at 800-440-0644

Thanks to our Sponsors!

Diamond Tour Sponsor: SWYPIT
Bus Sponsor: Big Man Car Washes/Development
Reception Sponsor: Blendco-Auto Auto Wash
Lunch Sponsor: ICS
Event Sponsors: Advanced Car Wash Solutions
DRB Systems
Midlothian Insurance
Motor City Wash Works
Stinger Chemicals

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Not if, when
Auto Laundry News
Autonomous cars were once again in the spotlight recently with the unveiling of Google's self-driving prototype, 200 of which the tech giant plans on putting through a test program starting this summer. Being cautious, early versions of the vehicles will still have manual controls, enabling test drivers to override the automated systems. Most of these two-seater cars, however, will be fully autonomous, sporting only a stop and start button and a screen to show where the car is going — no steering wheel and no gas or brake pedals.
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Keeping the US Highway Trust Fund from flatlining
President Barack Obama will spend much of this week talking about the need to replenish the U.S. Highway Trust Fund. But he won't propose the simplest and best solution to the problem – an increase in the federal gas tax. The Trust Fund, which has paid for the interstate highway system since its creation in 1956, will go broke by the end of this summer, or soon thereafter. The House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee have both passed short-term fixes to keep highway repair funded through next spring, but they can't agree on funding mechanisms.
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California water regulators approve fines for water wasting, including at-home car washing
Fox News via Professional Carwashing & Detailing
The State Water Quality Control Board recently approved fines up to $500 for water wasting activities, according to Fox News. The state of California, notes the article, is going through its worst drought in nearly four decades. A survey by the State Water Quality Control Board showed the state had failed to reach the 20 percent reduction in water usage that Gov. Jerry Brown has been hoping to achieve. Water use, according to the survey, actually increased 1 percent in May 2014 versus the same time the previous year.
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Autonomous vehicles driving the future of transportation
By Preston Keefe
Over the next decade, federal, state and local transportation agencies may need to rethink their business plans as a result of a major innovation in technology. Autonomous vehicles — sometimes known as automated vehicles, smart cars, driverless cars or intelligent vehicles — are capable of providing significant independent driving assistance. The advent of autonomous vehicles could have a tremendous impact on the transportation planning and design industry.

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5 tricks to lower credit card processing fees
Business News Daily
Credit card processing fees don't seem like a lot at first. But those few cents here and there and the small percentage cuts processors take for every transaction quickly add up. Combine those costs with minimum, statement, gateway and other monthly fees, and the next thing you know, you're staring at your monthly credit card processing bill in utter sticker shock. Sound familiar? The bad news is that these credit card processing expenses are unavoidable. The good news is that there are several things merchants can do to take control and save up to hundreds of dollars every month.

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Car wash suddenly closes — customers owed refund
A car wash in Highland Village on prime real estate sits empty and fenced in weeks after it suddenly shut down. One Houston man said the owners walked away with his money in hand. "You just don't treat people that way," said Ron Logan. Logan has the receipt for a six-month plan paid to Dream's And Brothers Hand Car Wash. The name of the business may ring a bell. One of the car wash owners, Afis Olajuwan, is the brother of Rockets legend Hakeem "The Dream" Olajuwan.

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Fuel prices are spiking — 2 simple changes could bring them back down
The current spike cycle in oil prices, driven by recent events in Iraq, may take a long while to run its course. With so many unknowns, the prospect of ever higher oil prices is likely. With the western countries weariness over the newest, latest chapter in the region, all too many are simply shrugging their shoulders, hunkering down, ready to endure whatever comes their way regarding oil prices and supply insecurity.
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Eyes wide open: Do your homework before signing the deal
Auto Laundry News
Buy a struggling tunnel or self-serve, radically transform the business model, grow the business, and repeat. Most of us personally know, or know of, an operator with just such a success story. Turning an underperforming tunnel into an express-exterior powerhouse, or a shrinking in-bay automatic business into a mini-tunnel are the two most common scenarios — but is there more to the story? Of course there is.
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Suspect arrested in string of coin-operated carwash machine break-ins
Professional Carwashing & Detailing
The theft of the contents of 15 coin-operated car wash machines in the Greensboro, North Carolina area has been linked to a James Anthony Kendricks, according to a WGHP-TV story. The money was removed from the coin-operated machines by burglary tools, some involving the machines being cut from the walls, the article explained.
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The impact wrench
Professional Carwashing & Detailing
How many of us have forgotten screwdrivers, pliers, nuts, bolts, washers and even wrenches sitting atop of our tunnel equipment? When is the last time you got up on a ladder and took a look around? You may very well be surprised by forgotten items waiting to cost you money and embarrassment.
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