Autobell Car Wash, Inc., founded in 1969 by the late Chuck Howard, Sr. and currently overseen by his son Chuck, Jr., is the nation's fourth-largest car-wash chain, with twenty-six locations across North Carolina. The company does not offer franchises and remains a privately owned company. In 2000, Autobell had sales of $12 million. Of the 125 million gallons of water used last year, 80 percent was recycled. This environmentally friendly approach makes the company appealing to cities like Cary where car-wash recycling is mandatory.