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MBJ Roderick Jones

Wash Me Fast is More Than a Car Wash

November/December 2016
By David Zaslawsky 
Photography by Robert Fouts

The general manager of Wash Me Fast on East South Boulevard talked about his guests, who are not considered customers.

“It’s not just about washing cars – we’re about building relationships with the community and our guests that come here,” said Wash Me Fast General Manager Roderick Jones. “We are a family-owned and operated business, so for us, we look at our guests as family. We take the time to get to know them personally. We know where they work. We know their favorite place where they like to eat.” They get to know their children as well.

“We ultimately and truly care about the people that come through here,” Jones said. “We’re not a car wash business – we’re a people business.”

The family-run business has four locations in Georgia, but has been in Montgomery for 10 years. He said there are no current plans for expansion because of a surplus of car washes. “We would love to grow,” he said. “We’ve been here for 10 years, so we obviously love the community.”

At least now there is activity in the south part of Montgomery after the Montgomery Mall closure impacted businesses in the region. “We’re starting to see a surge of interest in this area,” said Jones, who partners with Alfa Insurance, Hyundai and Baptist Health.

He said that some customers who come to Wash Me Fast are looking for “a place of solitude” and he wants people to think of his facility as “an oasis.”

Wash Me Fast has a range of car washes: $6, $10, $15, $18 and $20. Customers will receive a free $20 car wash for downloading a free app for the company’s reward program called Thanx. Customers can track their car wash purchases on their cell phone and when they spend $100 they receive a free $20 car wash. “We’re all about finding new ways to make things better for our guests,” Jones said.

Wash Me Fast offers what Jones called “car wash insurance.” If you buy a $15, $18 or $20 car wash you have seven days to bring in any vehicle for the same wash and it’s free. It’s a car wash version of a buy one get one free. “That’s exactly what it is,” Jones said, “and we do it every day.”

Customers receive a $3 discount off a $15 wash and $4 discount off a $20 wash for turning in their air freshener that is included in $15, $18 and $20 washes.

Jones said that Wash Me Fast employees are more hands-on than their competitors. “We actually put our hands on the vehicles,” he said. “That’s one thing you’ll notice compared to other washes. We physically do the bug scrub on the windshield, on the mirrors, on the front of the grille.”

Number of employees:
7

Years in business:
10

Location:
5 – 4 in Georgia and 1 in Montgomery

hours:
8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and Sunday; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday

Website:
washmefast.com

41 Commerce Street, P.O. Box 79, Montgomery, Alabama 36101   Tel: 334.834.5200   Fax: 334.265.4745   Sitemap