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Rt. 23 Car Wash Renovations Will Create Cozy Experience

'Green' technology and products expected to enhance facility.

Motorists may already be aware that the Route 23 Car Wash, on Route 23 South in Kinnelon, is undergoing major exterior renovations.

The renovations, scheduled to be completed in November, are geared toward creating a more cozy and welcoming feeling, according to Co-owner Tom Johnson.

Johnson, of Kinnelon, and his brother, Wayne, and sisters, Lynda and Debbie, have owned the car wash for 23 years. This year, Johnson said, the family decided to "modernize" the business to enhance the customer experience.

"It was a very commercial feel," he said. "It's going to be a commercial feel still but a much warmer, home-y type."

The car wash facility will feature a new convenience store, selling more food and beverage items, and waiting area where customers can spend time while they are waiting for their cars to be detailed.

The car wash is open and operational during the renovations, Johnson said, but once they are complete, even the car wash system will be enhanced. The conveyor belts and guide rails used in the car wash machine will be brand new, including with new foam brushes to wash cars without damaging them.

"The guide rails on both sides are going to be plastic because the wheels now are just so delicate," Johnson said.

Johnson said a focus of the renovations is to make the car wash "greener," using LED lights, eco-friendly soaps and trying to conserve as much water as possible. As opposed to washing at home, Johnson said the car wash is able to capture run-off water before it hits stormwater drains. Energy conservation will also be a goal with the renovations.

While a few aspects of the car wash may be different, Johnson said customer service will either remain the same or improve.

"We're not going to be so rushed, We're going to have more space and more time to be able to work on vehicles," he said.

STEVE SMITS October 08, 2012 at 12:13 PM
It has always been the best place to get the car cleaned and detailed.
Richard Dean October 09, 2012 at 09:55 PM
My cars have all been transformed from dull and dirty to clean and shiny by the Route 23 Car Wash since it opened. In fact, I like it so much that I usually go through it at least once a day five days a week. Ok, so my retirement job as a driver at Enterprise Rent A Car in their Route 23 Auto Care Mall building where car wash is located with a big part of my duties is to shuffle several dozen cars daily in and out.
Richard Dean October 09, 2012 at 09:57 PM
BTW, every member of the team at the car wash always makes the experience a pleasant one. And there are other business located at the site too such as Valvoline Instant Oil Change, BB&Z Auto Repair with certified BMW mechanics, Supreme Sound & Audio plus professional offices upstairs. Almost forgot the Dunkin Donuts express drive thru.

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