CCA Communique
Apr. 1, 2015

Attend the first annual CCA Carwash Tour
Canadian Carwash Association
Registration is now open for the first annual CCA Carwash Tour. It will take place on Thursday, June 11th, 2015 in Ontario and will include carwash site tours of the following CCA Member locations: H 2 Go - Car & Pet Wash (Kitchener), AutoSpa Ultimate Car Wash & Detailing (Burlington), Valet Car Wash (St. Catharines) and Pioneer Car Wash (Ancaster). Attendees will board coach buses in Burlington and enjoy a day of networking, lunch and interactive site tours. Registration is free for CCA Members. Please visit for more information.More

ICA offers grand prize giveaway valued up to $10,000
Canadian Carwash Association
The International Carwash Association® will be offering a grand prize giveaway during The Car Wash Show 2015.

The prize includes airfare, passes and accommodations for two people to attend Car Wash Show Europe taking place October 5-7, 2015 in Amsterdam. Prize valued at up to $10,000.More

Enroll your Carwash in the WaterSavers® Alliance
Canadian Carwash Association
The Canadian Carwash Association (CCA) is a part of the growing WaterSavers® Alliance program, an initiative of the International Carwash Association (ICA). Members of the CCA can add their carwash to this environmental recognition program if they implement water management best practices and meet other water conservation requirements. Being a participating member in the WaterSavers® Alliance provides carwash owners with new opportunities, says CCA Environmental Committee chair, Nathan Ewing, "By purchasing and prominently displaying the WaterSavers® signage, carwashes now have a new way to promote the environmental benefits of professional car washing to their customers."More

Self-serve carwashes: The anatomy of the foaming brush
Canadian Carwash Association
Aluminum or plastic? Rectangular or round? A recent article in the Convenience & Carwash magazine profiles several products integral to self-serve carwash operations: foaming brushes.

"The Anatomy of the Foaming Brush" reviews different types of brushes that optimize cleaning pressure on the car and suggest carwash best practices to minimize potential paint damage to cars.

Turn to page 37 of the April issue of Convenience & Carwash. More

How small biz can use social media to boost sales
In 2014, consumer shopping behavior evolved rapidly. Shopping online and through mobile devices is the new norm, and the experience has become increasingly more social with platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. More

Why winter is like Christmas morning for car wash owners
The Globe and Mail
This is a trying time of year. It's a freezing, depressing, seasonal affective disorder-inducing trying time. Yet, there are some to whom this icy hell is a paradise of promise. They look forward to this stretch the way kids look forward to Christmas morning.More

10 ways small business can use social media to generate leads
The Globe and Mail
According to research conducted by LinkedIn, 94 per cent of small businesses who use social media use it for marketing, and three out of five small- to medium-sized businesses say they've gained new customers by using social media.More

Keep your carwash safe
Carwash owners must contend with a variety of issues to keep their businesses profitable. While the business offers many different freedoms for owners, issues such as vandalism and theft must be dealt with. The absence of attendants at many carwashes makes these businesses common targets for these crimes. In order to prevent and catch these offenders, many carwash owners rely on surveillance systems as extra pairs of eyes. Security cameras can record crimes and help to confirm customer injury claims as well. More

Credit card of the future could stop fraud
CNN Money
As banks seek to reduce fraud, one credit card maker has a prototype with a constantly-changing code on the back. CNNMoney received an early model from the French company Oberthur Technologies. Expect it in 2017 if it catches on with major banks. The mini ink screen is powered by a lithium-ion battery (like a phone) the size of a postage stamp that's designed to last three years. A computer chip randomizes the number every 40 or 60 minutes.More

Zep Vehicle Care Launches Assure Program for Car Wash Operators
Digital Journal
-Zep Vehicle Care, a division of Zep Inc. and the largest provider of chemistry to the professional carwash industry, today announced the introduction of the Assure® Program, which combines 16 new hyper-concentrated chemistries in convenient 2.5 gallon cubitainers with integrated docking stations. The new Assure® program gives car wash operators an easier, safer and better way to manage their chemical program while delivering superior performance. More

Square POS Sales launches app marketplace in Canada
Android Headlines
Square handles all types of businesses such as Food and Beverage, Retail, Beauty Professionals, Professional Services and Home and Repair Services. Customers can pay you on the spot with their credit card just by swiping it through the portable reader. The money is transferred instantly into your business account with no interaction from your employee at the job site. If you only bill that particular customer, then Square can send them an email invoice on the spot. More

Aburg gas station to see new life
A closed gas station on Richmond Street in Amherstburg could see new life. Plans call for the redevelopment of the existing gas station and car wash to a quick lube with two oil change bays and one car wash bay. The building's shape will remain as it exists, but will see new stucco on the upper portion and stone wainscoting along the lower half intended match the architectural style of the Carnegie Library.More

Business Barometer: Confidence rebounds in March
March brought in some warmer perspectives from small business owners. CFIB's Business Barometer® Index rose about a point and a half this month, but remains at a subdued 61.5 across Canada. Perhaps the good news this month is that optimism appears to have halted its slide in the major energy producing provinces. It generally remains low in those areas, but really no worse than February levels. In the rankings by region, small businesses in Alberta (48.1), Saskatchewan (52.7) and Newfoundland and Labrador (56.7), along with those in Manitoba (54.6) occupy the bottom four spots.More