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Post-snowstorm Charlotte yields carwash craze

By Elisabeth Arrierio
earriero@charlotteobserver.com
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    Robert Lahser - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
    Assistant manager Aaron Hunt preps a car before it enters the Wiki Wiki Car Wash on Tyvola Road on Sunday, where business was booming after last week’s snowstorm.
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    Robert Lahser - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
    Anthony Haskins of Charlotte washes his pickup truck at a self-serve carwash on Freedom Drive on Sunday. Haskins said he wanted to wash the salt off of his truck after the snowstorm.
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    Robert Lahser - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
    Ricky Boyd, owner of Platinum Wash Detailing of Charlotte, washes a customer’s car in the parking lot of the Dollar Tree on Freedom Drive. Boyd said he has been very busy the past two days,washing and detailing 13 cars on Saturday.

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Marla Patton drove all the way from her home in Midland to get her 2005 gray Dodge Neon washed on Sunday in west Charlotte.

“All of ours were full, like full full,” she said. “And I just can’t drive around with a dirty car.”

Ryan Easter, manager of Wiki Wiki Car Wash on Tyvola Road, said he has seen his business double since the snowstorm last week.

He credited it to two factors: The salt on the road shows up as a “very noticeable” white residue on everyone’s cars, and people are aware of the damage salt can do to cars.

“It will eat your car up and degrade the metal,” he said.

Easter noted that on a typical day, he might see 500 cars.

On Sunday, however, the carwash had seen 700 cars by 4 p.m. He was expecting to reach 1,000 by closing time at 8 p.m.

“The salt will cause the car to rust faster,” said Easter. “I think people are aware of that and want to protect their cars.”

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