The Great American Car Wash Has Grown With The Community


When The Great American Car Wash was formed in 1993, no other car washes existed nearby. In the three decades since, Severna Park has become home to more families and more businesses while The Great American Car Wash has explored new technology to become more efficient and environmentally friendly.

“When we opened, we were a bit of a pioneer in the area,” said Don Hug, whose father, Richard, was one of the original partners. “It’s been a locally owned and operated business ever since. My sister and myself are now partners, and we enjoy being part of a small community business.”

That small community business now has about 30 employees, many of whom have been with the company for 10 to 15 years.

“It’s fantastic and our employees are really what makes our business a successful enterprise,” Hug said.

The Great American Car Wash is a full-service and exterior express car wash. Full service includes everything from window cleaning and vacuuming the interior to shining the tires.

“We have everything from express washes to full professional detailing,” Hug said.

To stay as earth friendly as possible, the staff uses water-saving nozzle technology, high-pressure spray equipment and other products that are better for the environment.

“Environmental stewardship has always been at the forefront of our business,” Hug said. “We’re careful about the soaps and chemicals we use. We capture all the wastewater from our facility to make sure it is treated and contained.”

The Great American Car Wash staff takes its environmental impact seriously and the staff is also passionate about giving back to the community. Hug and his team support Special Olympics Maryland during the annual Polar Bear Plunge, and the business also donates to local public and private schools.

“Both my sister and I grew up in the Severna Park area and our managers [Todd Skinner and Dave Morgan] are both graduates of Severna Park High School, so it’s a way for us to connect to the parents and kids,” Hug said.

The car wash is located at 825 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park. Guests will also find greeting cards and automobile items in the lobby.

Hours are 8:00am-5:30pm Monday through Saturday and 9:00am-4:00pm on Sunday. The business is closed in the event of inclement weather.

Readers of the Severna Park Voice voted The Great American Car Wash the area’s Best Car Wash in a 2022 survey. As the business approaches its 30-year anniversary, Hug is grateful for the customer support that has helped the business thrive.

“We really cherish the opportunity to serve the community,” Hug said.

To learn more, call 410-544-9009 or visit


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