This is the top 50 car washes in the United States

Mister Car Wash is the largest car wash chain in the United States with 350 locations. The number two on the list is Driven Brands, this chain has 300 locations. The top 50 is a list of leading car washes (with a washing tunnel), ranked by the number of locations.

The list of the largest chains in America is compiled annually by the trade journal Carwash.com. On the conveyor chain list Mister Car Wash is at the top. The trade magazine states that the list is becoming increasingly difficult to compile because of all the mergers, takeovers, consolidations and expansions. Every week there are mergers and takeovers in the sector, the Americans write.

Although this year’s list still includes many familiar names and brands that have been with the car wash industry for decades, it also includes companies that have been active in the market for five years or less. This is the first year that the top five on the list all have more than 100 locations.

Mister Car Wash has been leading the list for several years. It is followed by Driven Brands Car Wash North America, formerly International Car Wash Group, which was recently acquired by Driven Brands. In third place on this year’s list, now based in Dallas, is Zips Car Wash. In fourth place on the list is Quick Quack Car Wash of California. And, new to the top five this year, in fifth place, is Tommy’s Express Car Wash with an end-of-year forecast of 100 locations.

1. Mister Car Wash
Headquarters in Tucson, Arizona. 350 locations.
Mister Car Wash prides itself on the quality of its washes, customer friendliness and customer experience. They say it’s the people that make the chain a success. In 2020, the company achieved sales of $574 million and profits of $59 million.

2. Driven Brands Car Wash North America
Headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. 300 locations.
Driven Brands Car Wash is a local player despite its overall size. With the acquisition of the International Car Wash Group in 2020, Driven Brands has made a big jump in this ranking. There are 300 locations in the US, but a total of 900 locations in another 14 countries, including Europe where the brand name IMO Car Wash is used. The parent company Driven Brands also includes Take 5 Oil Change and Meineke Car Care Centers.

3. Zips Car Wash
Headquarters in Dallas, Texas. 235 locations.
Zips grew from 205 to 235 locations this year, making Zips the fastest growing express car wash in the US. (In early December it acquired Fast Lane.) The chain has now been in existence for more than 17 years and operates in 22 states in the US.

4. Quick Quack Car Wash
Headquarters in Roseville, California. 160 locations.
Quick Quack Car Wash started in 2004 in Sacramento, California. This is another fast-growing chain. Quick Quack is particularly active in Arizona, California, Texas, Utah and Colorado. Quick Quack is regularly recognised for its efforts to strengthen the community and for its environmentally friendly operations. Its mascot is a large yellow duck named Quackals. Quick Quack operates on a subscription basis for unlimited washing for a fixed monthly fee.

5. Tommy’s Express Car Wash
Headquarters in Holland, Michigan. 100 locations.
Tommy’s Express is also a fast grower. The family business now has more than 50 years of experience. All branches are built according to the same model and have patented stainless steel round arches and use proprietary software. Franchise locations are supported with training, marketing and technical assistance.

Ranking Trade name HQ Number of locations
6 Tidal Wave Auto Spa Thomaston GA 96
7 GO Car Wash Denver CO 90
8 Autobell Car Wash Charlotte NC 85
9 Cobblestone Auto Spa & CWON Baltimore MD 83
10 Mammoth Holdings Atlanta GA 70
11 WhiteWater Express Car Wash Houston TX 67
12 True Blue Car Wash Tempe AZ 64
13 Club Carwash Columbia MO 61
Express Wash Concepts Etna OH 61
14 Golden Nozzle Car Wash Worcester MA 49
15 Magnolia Wash Holdings Charlotte NC 47
16 Wash Depot Holdings Inc. Fort Lauderdale FL 46
17 Splash Car Wash Greenwich CT 41
18 BlueWave Express San Rafael CA 40
Crew Carwash Indianapolis IN 40
ModWash Chattanooga TN 40
Super Star Car Wash Phoenix AZ 40
19 Raceway Express Car Wash Phoenix AZ 36
Sam’s Xpress Car Wash Matthews NC 36
20 Delta Sonic Buffalo NY 32
Terrible Herbst Las Vegas NV 32
Wash N Roll Nashville TN 32
21 Mike’s Carwash Loveland OH 31
22 Surf Thru Express Car Wash Bakersfield CA 30
WetGo PRO Pittsburgh PA 30
23 Brown Bear Car Wash Seattle WA 28
The Wash Tub San Antonio TX 28
Waterway Carwash St. Louis MO 28
24 Fuller’s Carwash Hinsdale IL 26
Rich’s Car Wash Mobile AL 26
25 Russell Speeder’s Car Wash Norwalk CT 24
26 Clean Streak Ventures Orlando FL 23
Soapy Joe’s Car Wash Santee CA 23
27 Rapid Express Car Wash Houston TX 21
28 ScrubaDub Auto Wash Centers Natick MA 20
Zax Auto Wash Wixom MI 20
29 Fast5xpress Newport Beach CA 19
Hoffman Car Wash Albany NY 19
30 Kaady Car Wash Portland OR 18
31 El Car Wash Miami FL 17
Washman Car Washes Portland OR 17
32 Champion Xpress Car Wash Lubbock TX 16
Fast Eddie’s Car Wash & Oil Change Swartz Creek MI 16
33 Car Spa Dallas TX 15
Francis & Sons Car Wash Phoenix AZ 15

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Author: Rieneke Kok

Rieneke is editor for CarwashPro.com. She also writes for the Dutch version, CarwashPro.nl.

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