LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: NYC Association Challenges Car Wash Accountability Law


NYC Association Challenges Car Wash Accountability Law

By William Y. Crowell, III

New York City Local Law 62, “The Car Wash Accountability Law,” has been challenged in an action filed in the Southern District federal court by the Association of Car Wash Owners, Zoom Car Spa LLC, and Five Star Hand Wash LLC vs. City of […]


I recently attended a seminar where the speaker emphasized the importance of keeping your audience engaged. He suggested “switching gears,” and rotating between related topics to keep people focused and their energy levels up.

With that idea fresh in my mind and my first cup of coffee in hand, I will start this column with congratulations […]


Dear Venus and Mars,

We are headed into our busy season… what have you done differently this year to make sure you are ready to maximize your volume?


Venus Says

There are several things we are hoping to get done before winter really arrives in the valley. Some are outside touchups but others are those inside that will help […]

26th NRCC Celebrates Move to ACCC with Record-Breaking Numbers!

Walt Hartl is awarded the NRCC 2015 Hall of Fame Award by Show Chairperson Dave Dugoff and 2014 recipient Mike Benmosche.

Atlantic City, NJ — The 26th Northeast Regional Carwash Convention (NRCC), October 5-7, moved its venue to the Atlantic City Convention Center (ACCC) and in doing so attracted 301 […]

Winter volume gear up….

Dear Venus and Mars,

When do you start gearing up for your winter volume and what specifically do you do?


Venus Says

We typically know when to expect extra wash volume and that is normally when the colder weather approaches. However, there have been late October snow falls that bring […]

“Self-Cleaning” Car?

Recently, Nissan Motor Company announced in a press release that they developed a paint that
repels dirt. This paint, in effect, would create a “self-cleaning” car. Current testing is presently
ongoing. What Is It? Does it work?


Feds Encourage Carwashing – April 2015

For years, owners of older General Motors trucks have been complaining about their brake lines corroding and demanding a recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) dutifully studied the issue for five years and today came up with a decision: no defect, no recall.

Instead, says NHTSA, consumers who live in areas where […]

Legislative Update – Spring 2015

Association Closely Following Minimum Wage Hike, Tip Credit Increases

By William Y. Crowell, III

Governor Cuomo’s 2013-2014 budget contained a minimum wage increase, which was enacted as Chapter 57 of 2013. The minimum wage increased in three steps from $7.25 to $8.00 on December 31, 2013, from $8.00 to $8.75 on December 31, 2014, and […]

NYSCWA Venus vs. Mars – Spring 2015

What would you do with an unlimited budget?

Dear Venus and Mars,

If your budget was unlimited, what is the one thing you’d do immediately to your washes to make them more profitable?

Venus Says

My first impulsive answer was “automation.” I dream of everything being computerized and […]