Looking Back at the Car Wash Show 2017

ICA Booth Display


With tremendous thanks to our distributors, partners, visitors, and the International Car Wash Association, Tommy Car Wash Systems and Tommy’s Express Car Wash are happy to report an outstanding experience at The Car Wash Show 2017.

Highlights included a brand new, cutting edge virtual reality tour of a Tommy’s Express Car Wash facility as well as Ryan Essenburg’s presentation “Fundamentals of Express Car Wash Success” – both of which you can view below.



The event also featured the return of the Totally Tommy Lego Edition (a long-time fan favorite), and the debut of the Wash Club App, license plate reader technology, and other innovations exclusive to Tommy Car Wash Systems and the Tommy’s Express Car Wash Franchise.


Totally Tommy Lego Edition


Wash Club Display   . 

2017 will be a year of constant innovation and change, and we hope you will join with us as we pursue new levels of excellence in the car wash industry together!


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Come See Tommy Car Wash Systems at The Car Wash Show 2017!

Car Wash Show 2017Mark your calendars to attend “Fundamentals of Express Carwash Success: Why Belts, Brands, and Buildings Will Dominate in 2017”, an informational session presented by Tommy Car Wash Systems’ President Ryan Essenburg covering key factors expected to drive car wash growth and innovation in the immediate future.


The session will be held on April 4th from 8:00 am to 9:00 am at The Car Wash Show 2017 in the Las Vegas Convention Center. All attendees are also formally invited to visit the Tommy Car Wash Systems exhibit during regular show hours at booths 1914 and 2014. We’ll be highlighting our original equipment, building designs, and advanced wash control solutions, and we look forward to seeing you there!




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Tommy Car Wash Systems’ Detail Packets Support Work at Holland Rescue Mission

Since 1907 the Holland Rescue Mission has supported the men and women of Western Michigan with shelter, provision, and other resources offered freely in times of need, generating a tremendous impact for good in the local community. With the facilitation of an independent advisory firm, The Collaboration Center, Tommy Car Wash Systems has been proud to partner with clients of the Holland Rescue Mission in order to package a large order of vehicle detailing packets now available for sale at various Tommy Car Wash Systems’ customer locations around the nation.


Six determined women from the Family Ministry Center, all of whom are officially disabled, came together last December and successfully packaged over 4,500 of the vehicle detailing packets. After a well-deserved lunch celebration for the first 2,500 packets, they returned to complete the final 2000, ultimately working three hours per day for two days a week to finish the entirety of the order.


According to a spokesperson,

“[The women] are grateful to Tommy’s, Tommy’s customers, and the Rescue Mission for this opportunity to create income—particularly during the Christmas Season when it is so needed for their families…. In doing this work, everyone went at their own pace, completed more packets together than we could ever imagine, learned together, built friendships, built community, and made some money—and all in a process leading toward our goals of future independent living. We are grateful!”


Tommy Car Wash Systems thanks the Collaboration Center and Holland Rescue Mission for making possible this valuable economic venture, which has benefited all parties. To learn more about the Holland Rescue Mission and its various programs, please visit hollandrescue.org.


These car wash detailing packets are available from the Tommy Car Wash Systems store through this link, and are designed for fast, easy sale via an original, stainless steel vending system installed directly on self-serve vacuum stanchions.


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Tommy’s Express Car Wash Franchise Gains Momentum

Car washes are time-honored American tradition, but the equipment, architecture, and experience associated with using a neighborhood car wash haven’t meaningfully changed in decades. However, by abandoning convention and embracing a fresh customer experience a new car wash franchise is seeking to change this status quo. Built on a proven, easily replicated platform covering equipment, architecture, and site layout, the Tommy’s Express Car Wash Franchise is now laying a foundation for rapid national growth.


Tommy's Express Logo


Featuring a comprehensive plan for the wash facility, equipment, and operations, this foundation originates from Tom Essenburg and Ryan Essenburg, car wash veterans largely responsible for the success of sister company Tommy Car Wash Systems and the “Totally Tommy” car wash platform. Washes utilizing  this platform are highly recognizable thanks to the commanding nature of their primary and secondary towers, floor to ceiling bay windows spanning the length of the tunnel, sloped translucent roofing, iconic circular car wash arches, and dual belt conveyors.


In each case the entire system is designed from the ground up to promote safe, effective, predictable, high-efficiency, and high-revenue operation.

Tommy's Express of Grandville (Rivertown) Michigan. Opened April 2016.

Tommy’s Express in Grandville (Rivertown) Michigan. Opened April 2016

New washes opening under the Tommy’s Express banner have done more than simply adopt the Totally Tommy site plan. Instead, they feature exclusive innovations that expand upon this proven platform while taking advantage of in-house operations training and marketing support.


Of the five licensed Tommy’s Express locations currently operating in California, Michigan, and Kansas, three represent new 2016 construction packed with cutting-edge technology.  This includes a unique semi-central dual drop vacuum system for improved suction and reduced maintenance, automated license plate readers for automatic vehicle admittance through the entrance queue, and a brand new app allowing users to purchase and manage their wash club memberships from mobile devices. A sixth Tommy’s Express is currently under construction in Missouri with several more in various stages of planning and approval around the nation.

Tommy's Express of Hemet California. Opened May 2016

Tommy’s Express in Hemet California. Opened May 2016

“We are excited to bring our innovative car wash technology and support to car wash operators around the world,” reports Eric OConnor, Head of Franchise Business Development at Tommy’s Express Car Wash. “We’ve taken 40 plus years of car wash experience and developed a truly comprehensive operational, financial and marketing support model. There’s really nothing else like it. We are tremendously excited with our progress so far and always looking for new franchise partners and investors who are interested in taking advantage of what we believe to be the best express automatic car wash business setup on the market.”

Tommy's Express of Overland Park Kansas. Opened September 2016.

Tommy’s Express in Overland Park Kansas. Opened September 2016

Recommended wash pricing for the franchise is affordable, designed promote high wash volumes. Monthly unlimited memberships at top wash tier run $29.99 while the second tier run $24.99 (prices may vary by location). Vacuum service and, in some locations, automatic floor mat cleaning are free to all comers. The total time through the wash is 2-3 minutes total with facility capacity totaling an astonishing 160 vehicles per hour.


Parties interested in the Tommy’s Express Franchise should visit the franchise opportunities page of the Tommy’s Express website to learn more.


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Classic Auto Spa Feature

Classic Auto Spa of Lafayette, LA has been featured in an article by “The Advertiser” magazine!


Classic Auto Spa External View


The very first Totally Tommy Flex-Serve car wash facility, Classic Auto Spa was a landmark project for the Tommy Car Wash Systems team and features our original POD chemical management system. The unique, iconic building design includes both an express car wash tunnel and an interior detailing center, as well as free vacuum service for express wash customers.


It’s wonderful to see the backstory behind this excellent car wash in print as one family of car wash owners gives back so generously to their community!


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Come See Tommy Car Wash Systems at The Car Wash Show 2016!

The Car Wash ShowTake away exciting new strategies and proven, powerful tools for market domination in a new educational session presented by Ryan Essenburg, President of Tommy Car Wash Systems.


In “Fundamentals of Express Car Wash Success: How We Wash 400,000 Cars a Year” Ryan will share a cutting-edge car wash business model which in 2015 produced record-setting results: 50,000 cars in one month, 210 cars in a single hour, 2,639 cars in a day, and 419,000 cars in 12 months with a single 130’ car wash tunnel.


Plan to attend this educational session on Monday, May 9 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. during The Car Wash Show in Nashville, TN And don’t forget to visit Tommy Car Wash Systems at booth No. 1312 for full-size equipment demos a video tour of our latest express car wash design.


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Michigan Car Wash Saves Estimated 28 Million Gallons of Water vs. Driveway Washing

Tommy Car Wash Systems' Tunnel


As many regions of the nation, particularly California and the American Southwest, face unprecedented water shortages, car wash manufactures and operators across the industry continue to innovate and invest in water efficient technology.


Today Tommy Car Wash Systems, a Michigan-based car wash equipment manufacturer and site developer, announced that Quality Car Wash’s Waverly Ave location, a single high-tech, high-volume car wash tunnel in Holland, MI saved just under an estimated 28 million gallons of water than would have been used if customers had instead washed the vehicles at home.

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