IMO Car Wash Group, a privately owned British firm has acquired Columbus, GA-headquartered Goo-Goo Car Wash, reports the <I>Ledger-Enquirer, <P>a local newspaper. The purchase covers 53 express wash locations in seven states, but does not include eight self-service car washes, which remain under the previous ownership. No financial details of the purchase, which took place at the end of July, were released.

According to the newspaper, IMO operates nearly 840 car washes in 15 countries, with more than 320 in Germany, about 280 in the United Kingdom, and the rest spread throughout Europe, Australia and the United States. Reportedly the largest car wash company in the world, it washes more than 35 million vehicles a year.