SUMITON — Residents
in Sumiton now have a new and faster way to clean their car as
Sumiton Express Car Wash opened to the public on Tuesday morning.
Car wash owners Patrick and Brooke Dodd said they were excited about
the opening of the automated wash. Patrick Dodd said his car wash differs
from others in the immediate area of Sumiton.
“Well, this is what they call an extreme express tunnel wash,” Dodd
said while showing off the facility. “It is not the same as the traditional
spray-off car washes. All you do is pull up, select the wash and let the car
wash do all the work while you sit comfortably in your car. It is that easy.”
The car wash utilizes a conveyor belt to move cars through the enclosed
space instead of some car washes which move the brushes.
“All you do is put the car in neutral and enjoy the quick wash,” Dodd
said. “The wash takes right at a minute, and once you are through you can
help yourself to the free vacuum service.”
The facility can wash 60 cars per hour. Dodd said the lack of waiting
will help out anyone who likes to enjoy the weekend.
“Instead of spending a couple of hours cleaning your car on Saturday, why
not just bring it to us,” Dodd said. “If you went and purchased car
cleaner and spent your Saturday washing the car you would spend more money and
time then if you came to the car wash. I know personally the weekends are too
short to spend them cleaning my car.”
Car wash employee Heath Williams agreed with his boss. Williams said
hand washing cannot compare to this new tunnel car wash.
“It does everything for you. You don’t even have to get out of your
car,” Williams said. “And you cannot get a better car wash for the
money. I guarantee you if you went out and bought all the products it would cost
you way more than $12, which is our most expensive car wash.”
Sumiton resident Ashlyn Roach said she was thrilled to have this type
of car wash in her hometown. Roach came in Tuesday morning to test out
the new business.
“I love it, because I don’t have to drive to Jasper just to get my
car washed,” Roach said. “There is no excuse now for people in Sumiton
to drive a dirty car. So come out and support our local business and get your
car completely clean. It is a great place with friendly people, so come on out.”
East Walker Chamber of Commerce Vice President Jeff Hollis came out Tuesday
to help open the new business. Hollis said it is important for residents
to support their local businesses.
“I think this is a great addition to our community, and it is in a perfect
location,” Hollis said. “I just want to encourage our residents to
shop local whenever they can. This will help out everyone in the long run.”
The Sumiton Express Car Wash is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.
until 8 p.m. and open Sunday from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. The Sumiton Express
Car Wash is located on U.S. Highway 78, next door to Little Caesar’s