Wednesday, June 27, 2012
  • CARSTAR Stores Have Already Washed 1,000 Cars across North America
  • More than $120,000 Raised for Make-A-Wish® and Kids with Cystic Fibrosis
  • CARSTAR Searching for “Dirtiest Car in America” as part of Soaps It Up! Car  Wash

OVERLAND PARK, KS (June 27, 2012) – CARSTAR is turning dirty cars into dreams come true for children in need with the annual Soaps It Up! Car Wash across North America, washing over 1,000 vehicles during the kickoff week for the event. 

Recently, thousands of volunteers across the United States and Canada have been washing vehicles to raise funds to help Make-A-Wish® grant wishes in the U.S., and to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis in Canada.  So far, the Soaps It Up! Car Wash raised more than $120,000 in the U.S. and Canada.  Additional Soaps It Up! Car Wash events are planned throughout June and July. 

Tickets for events at participating CARSTAR stores in the U.S. were $10, with 100 percent of the ticket purchase benefiting the selected charities. 

Last year, CARSTAR set the Guinness World Record for most cars washed in multiple locations during an eight hour period by washing more than 4,300 vehicles. 

“Over the last three years, the Soaps It Up! Car Wash has been able to unite the CARSTAR family across North America to help thousands of children in need,” said David Byers, CEO of CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts.  “We are excited to continue the tradition this year and bring even more support for Make-A-Wish in the U.S. and Cystic Fibrosis Canada in Canada.”

“The funds raised by the Soaps It Up! Car Wash program is a tremendous help to us in our effort to grant the wish of every eligible child,” said David A. Williams, president and chief executive officer of Make-A-Wish America.  “The fourth annual event sponsored by CARSTAR fosters a collaborative community event that collectively helps make the broadest possible range of wishes come true.” 

CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts also is searching for the dirtiest car in America during the “CARSTAR Dirtiest Car Contest” as part of the annual Soaps It Up! North American Car Wash. The contest encourages car owners to tweet pictures on Twitter of their dirty rides. Car owners can tweet photos to @CARSTARAutoBody with the hash tag #SoapsItUp for the chance to win a free detail service from their local CARSTAR. Two winners will be selected. 

CARSTAR’s Dirtiest Car Contest is open to all U.S. residents ages 18 and over. No purchase necessary. Contest ends midnight EST on July 20, 2012.    

CARSTAR stores in Canada have been conducting the “Soaps It Up!” Car Wash for the past eight years, and this is the fourth time the program has been done in the United States.  The 2009 event was the first attempt for any organization to set the record for the largest car wash across multiple locations. 

For more information on the “Soaps It Up!” Car Wash, to find a participating location and for official contest rules, visit

CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts offers high-quality, reliable repair service in 31 states and 10 provinces across Canada.  Just call 1-800-CARSTAR when you need a vehicle repair and they will send the tow truck, contact your insurance company, arrange for a rental car and repair your car. For information and store locations visit


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