18 car washes fined


Eighteen car washes and auto detail businesses in San Diego County were among 103 statewide collectively fined nearly $1 million for failing to register their business or for various employee labor violations, the California Labor Commissioner’s Office announced Monday.

The fines, which ranged from $500 to $10,000, were the result of a two-day enforcement sweep of car washes around the state on Oct. 28-29.

“Requiring car wash businesses to register with the state allows us to focus on those businesses that undercut their competition, which makes it difficult for legitimate car wash businesses to stay in operation,” said Angela Bradstreet, California’s labor commissioner.

“As part of the underground economy, these illegal businesses often do not pay state taxes, and take advantage of employees by not providing workers’ compensation coverage or paying proper wages,” she said.

Investigators conducted 230 inspections and issued 141 citations to 103 car washes statewide, most for not registering their business, according to the California Department of Industrial Relations. The citations totaled $916,711.

Forty-nine businesses were cited for failing to provide workers’ compensation coverage for their employees and were ordered to shut down, according to the state.

Other violations included not providing employees a wage deduction statement; not paying minimum wage; improper payment of overtime; and hiring minors without the required work permits.

The following businesses in San Diego County were cited:

  • Carro Wash & Auto Detail, 1139 Third Ave., Chula Vista;
  • Sonik Car Wash, 9015 Mission Gorge Road, Santee;
  • Waxx It Automotive Detailing, 5215 Car Country Drive, Carlsbad;
  • Efrain Detailing, 1640 Camino Del Rio N., San Diego;
  • Tony’s Detail Shop, 49 E. 16th St., National City;
  • Plush Auto Spa, 7610 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego;
  • Steve’s Detailing of San Diego, 8890 Rio San Diego Drive, San Diego;

- Like New Auto; 5841 Mission Gorge Road, San Diego;

  • Pacific Coast Auto Detail, 7818 Wilkerson Court, San Diego;
  • Towne Centre Valet & Wash, 4545 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego;
  • Mario’s Auto Detail, 1409 Broadway, Chula Vista;
  • The Detail Shop, 1400 Auto Park Way, Escondido;
  • La Jolla Cove Detailing & Hand Car Wash, 1200 Prospect St., San Diego;
  • La Jolla Car Wash, 891 Turquoise St., San Diego;
  • California Auto Detailing, 1509 1/2 National City Blvd., National City;
  • Americana Car Wash, 9510 Scranton Road, San Diego;
  • San Diego Auto Detail, 110 W. 11th St., National City; and
  • Town & Country Car Wash, 2658 Jamacha Road, El Cajon.