cwonj-logo-smallThe Car Wash Operators of New Jersey was founded in 1951 in Newark, New Jersey. The logo on the association’s seal has Excellence, Professional, Quality, Service. This sums up the purpose of our association. As a nonprofit organization, we exist to serve the professional carwash operators in New Jersey and to promote the use of an environmental friendly professional carwash instead of home driveway washing.

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CWONJ has been very active in the past representing the interests of carwash operators in Trenton and assisting governmental agencies for legislation such as the recent drought emergency. We had a very proactive role and sent out publicity kits and information to all our members to educate their customers on ways to conserve water.

Important Information From November NJ Paid Sick Leave Meeting!

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New NJ Sales and Use Tax in Effect

On January 1, 2017, the New Jersey sales and use tax decreased from 7% to 6.875%. The rate will drop further

to 6.625% on January 1, 2018.

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NJ Minimum Wage Increases to $8.44/Hr.

On January 1, 2017, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) increased the state’s minimum wage from $8.38 to $8.44 per hour.

This past summer, both the Senate and Assembly passed a bill that would have increased the minimum wage to more than $15 per hour by 2021. Governor Chris Christie vetoed this bill but proponents are seeking to place the measure on the ballot for voter approval in the fall of 2017.

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NJ Clean Energy Program

Gary Baright with G & G LED educated the membership on  the NJ Clean Energy Program rebates available when LED lighting is installed at the wash. For more information contact Cory Baright at G & G LED at 800/285-6780.

NJ Clean Energy Write Up.pdf

The association has four general membership meetings each year and is a member of the Northeast Regional Carwash Convention which sponsors an annual Fall regional trade show.

Northeast Regional Carwash ConventionNRCC Convention September 23-25, 2019


  • Four general membership meetings each year.
  • Annual fall Northeast Regional Carwash Convention.
  • An insurance program that can save you money
  • Special credit card program with low fee’s
  • The Stewart Agency our lobbyist in Trenton that keeps us recognized politically
  • The drought package which is state required during drought emergencies
  • A subscription to The Northeast Carwasher – Our quarterly newsletter to keep you abreast of regional news in the industry

Our Mission Statement:

The Car Wash Operators of New Jersey exists to enhance the success of its members and to promote the professional carwash industry by collecting and disseminating information and knowledge and by stimulating the exchange of thoughts and ideas.

raycatena17th Annual Carwash Tour Visited Freehold Market, Ray Catena Audi

The Car Wash Operators of New Jersey (CWONJ) visited the Freehold market on June 7 and toured three state-of-the-art locations and made a stop at Ray Catena Audi, the country’s largest Audi dealership. “The event is a great way to see what is new and innovative out there, and to connect with your fellow operators,” said CWONJ President Mike Conte. “The stop at Ray Catena and a great lunch just capped off the event.”

First stop was Ray Catena Audi in Freehold. This facility is the largest freestanding Audi dealership in the country and features a 75-foot Belanger tunnel, detailing and ZEP Vehicle Care solutions. The group was treated to a personal tour and left with a goodie bag compliments of Ray Catena.

The first wash visited was Garden State Car Wash & Detail Center in Howell. This 140-foot Motor City Wash Works-equipped tunnel includes Micrologic controls, Vacutech vacuums as well as detailing and a lube.

The next stop was Freehold Raceway Car Wash. This 140-foot full serve tunnel features Peco equipment and detailing.

After the visit to Freehold Raceway the group enjoyed lunch at Illianos Café in Eatontown before heading to Shrewsbury Car Wash in Shrewsbury. This 140-foot Hanna-equipped tunnel includes a lube and detailing, as well as ZEP Vehicle Care solutions.

Event sponsors included:
Bus Tour
Coleman/Hanna Carwash Systems
DRB Systems Inc.
ZEP Vehicle Care
Innovative Control Systems
Micrologic Associates
Motor City Wash Works
Tameric Car Wash Equipment
Turtle Wax/Ziposhine