Steel City Wash Acquires Coates Car Care

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Pittsburgh-based Steel City Wash LLC, which operates as Mr. Magic Car Wash, has acquired Coates Car Care.

With the acquisition of the six Coates locations in Niles, Austintown, Cortland, Howland, Boardman and Hermitage, Pa., Mr. Magic Car Wash will have 23 locations across western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.

The sale of three locations were recorded June 7. According to the Trumbull County Auditor’s office, the Howland location at 1210 Niles-Cortland Road was sold for $875,000. The Cortland location at 2239 Elm Road was sold for $1,000,000. And the Niles location at 2178 Bianco Ave. was sold for $475,000.

Two more sales were recorded June 10 by the Mahoning County Auditor’s office. The Coates car wash at 5243 Mahoning Ave. was sold to Steel City Wash for $705,000. And the newest Coates site, 6410 South Ave. in Boardman, was sold for $2,902,000.

Information about the sale of the Coates site in Hermitage, Pa., was not immediately available.

“Coates Car Care has built a robust business model that aligns perfectly with ours – offering express service, innovative technology, competitive pricing and an unwavering commitment to our guests and community,” Joe Krydick, president and chief operating officer of Steel City Wash, said in a news release. “We are thrilled to welcome Coates Car Care into the Mr. Magic family.”

The Coates family operated the business for more than six decades. James Coates Sr. started it in 1959 with its first location in Niles. The business later expanded with locations in Austintown, Howland, Hermitage and Cortland. In August 2023, Coates Car Care opened its sixth location, a $6 million full-service car wash in Boardman.

“In 1959, my father opened the first Coates Car Care location in Niles, Ohio. For over 65 years, my family has been committed to providing our community an excellent car wash experience,” said Jim Coates, president of Coates Car Care. “I am confident that Mr. Magic will continue to add incredible value for our guests by giving them access to a larger footprint of locations and providing outstanding service and care that they have come to expect from Coates Car Care.”

Pictured at top: Coates opened its sixth site, 6410 South Ave. in Boardman, in August 2023.