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Post-snowstorm Charlotte yields carwash craze

By Elisabeth Arrierio
earriero@charlotteobserver.com

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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.”

Arriero: 704-358-5945; Twitter: @earriero
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