CCA Communique
Feb. 18, 2015

Proposed CCA By-law Changes Webinar
Canadian Carwash Association
The Canadian Carwash Association (CCA) will host a webinar on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at 1 p.m. ET to explain proposed CCA by-law changes. Information regarding the by-law changes was included in the recent 2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM) Package mailing to all members. These by-law changes are in response to the CCA's Board decision to incorporate the Association under the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act. Members were recently emailed instructions on how to attend the webinar. Please contact the CCA National office at for more information.More

Make your carwash business soar at CARWACS Toronto
Canadian Carwash Association
The CARWACS tradeshow is Canada's leading trade show for carwash professionals. Attendees meet industry suppliers and foster new business connections on the trade show floor as well as in the professional workshop presentations. The CCA will host two presentations at CARWACS Toronto on March 10-11, 2015 at The International Centre.

Make your carwash business soar! will be presented on the first day of the trade show, and Service, repair and upkeep of carwash equipment: How to make it pay will be presented on the second day. Advice from industry experts presenting these sessions will help your carwash business. Don't forget to visit the CCA booth in the exhibitor area!More

Fourth Quarter Wash Volume Report
There is over a decade of data on the carwash industry generated by the Wash Volume Report (WVR), a members-only program of the Canadian Carwash Association (CCA). It was started in 2004 with 870 carwash locations across the country reporting quarterly to Kent Marketing Services Ltd., the research firm contracted to undertake the survey on behalf of the CCA. There are now more than 300 additional sites participating in the WVR.

The fourth quarter 2014 results have just been released, showing continued steady number of cycles (individual washes) for an average site. The seasonal trend continues with the first quarter, known in Canada as winter, being close to 50 per cent higher than the slowest period, that being summer.

More information on the WVR is available on the CCA website.More

Suncor and Parkland Fuel to host exclusive sessions at this year's Convenience U CARWACS Show
Canadian Carwash Association
With an all-new education curriculum and Canada's leading c-gas and carwash trade show floor, The Convenience U CARWACS Show is an exceptional place for Petro-Canada dealers and staff to acquire fresh ideas, new tools and innovative solutions for growing their businesses. Parkland Fuels will also host an exclusive lunch and learn session strictly for its dealers on ways to improve their site's image and operations.More

Fulcrum sells CARWACS and B-to-B magazines to US publisher
"Fulcrum media brands and events have recently been acquired by Stagnito Business Information. All of the team members will continue on with Stagnito Business Information and look forward to working with the Canadian carwash industry moving forward," said Michael Cronin, General Manager Canada, Stagnito Business Information.More

Meaford council approves new gas station/car wash
Meaford council has approved a new gas station/car wash/convenience store proposal for the Highway 26 property next to Tim Horton's. Council at its committee of the whole meeting on Feb. 9 gave approval to a preliminary site plan for the gas station proposal. The new business will be built on the vacant lot between Tim Horton's and the Deli Restaurant plaza. More

Northstar Ford Group canada opens doors to $35.6 million dealership with state of the art technology, car wash & amphitheatre
NorthStar Ford Group Canada announced its grand opening today for its fourth dealership location, costing a whopping $35.6 million. The state-of-the-art facility showcases new technology ranging from an elaborate car wash to an amphitheatre. Additionally, the new clubhouse will be open to customers on February 17, 2015.More

Take a tour inside the car wash staffed by employees with autism
Rising Tide Car Wash in Parkland, Fla. offers all the standard services and amenities of your typical car wash. But look a little deeper, and you'll notice something truly remarkable about Rising Tide: they're primarily staffed by employees on the autism spectrum. More

No expense spared
Auto Laundry News
When it comes to making a wash profitable you can pinch every penny and look to cut costs, or you can invest in equipment and materials to ensure customers drive off the lot satisfied and with a clean car. The owners of Diamond Express Car Wash have chosen the latter.More

Predictable is preventable
Convenience & Carwash
Speed plays a large role within our industry, impacting our operations on several different levels. The marketing team is always looking for "speed to shelf" with new products and new ways of grabbing the customer’s attention. The Operations folks are always looking to improve the speed of service to better serve the needs of customers while the IT organization fights the good fight in keeping up with the lightning speed of technology.More

Waterloo auto shop thrives amid changing technology
The Record
At Columbia Auto Service — nestled between the University of Waterloo campus, the David Johnston Research and Technology Park and high-tech companies — Jim Voigt can claim a "front-row seat" in the evolution of Waterloo Region's technology hub. More

Reputation, part I: A help or hindrance to success
Auto Laundry News
Whether you are just starting a detail business or several years into it, there is a concept of which you may or may not be aware. It is a concept that, if treated well, can help your operation thrive with many customers. The concept is "reputation," and having a good one can reap many benefits. The textbook definition of reputation is: "the opinion or judgment in which a person is generally held." So it very much has to do with the opinions that people have about you as a business owner and individual. It also has to do with the judgments people make about the quality of your work. More