Auto-cleaning business Chattanooga Detail has moved to the North Shore, and the owners are offering services that might help vehicles survive the winter.
"Before the salt comes on the road, it's important to get your car winterized—which is a thorough wash and wax," co-owner David Hopkins said. "The salts are very corrosive."
Graduates of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Hopkins and his former business partner, Beau Gilliland, opened Chattanooga Detail in the summer of 2012. Matt Browder has recently joined the team as Hopkins' new business partner.
Their business uses steam-cleaning technology, which takes less water and fewer chemicals than traditional methods. They offer a range of services from an exterior hand wash to a full detail.
They had been on Dayton Boulevard until earlier this month, Hopkins said. Now, the business is next to Nikki's Diner at 895 Cherokee Blvd.
After only a few weeks, the business is getting more walk-ins, Hopkins said.
"We are so happy to be here," he said. "It's like a completely different world. You see all the synergy and excitement that small business has created on the North Shore. Dayton Boulevard was a great place to start, but we've always kind of had this side of town in our sights."
With the move, Hopkins and his team of four are also focusing more on hand washing.
A hand wash takes 10 or 15 minutes, and the starting cost is $12. The most expensive option of an automatic wash has a comparable price to the hand wash, he said.
And hand washing is a more environmentally friendly option.
"When you go through the automated washes, it's just a big machine spraying water everywhere," Hopkins said. "It wastes about 27 gallons. Using the human-operated pressure washer, we only use about 9 gallons."
The team also offers three levels of detailing. The full detail is the most popular and costs $169. That's something that can be done once or twice a year, Hopkins said.
Chattanooga Detail also offers waxing, which is different from a detail, although some people get that mixed up, Hopkins said.
And the team has recently started to offer concierge washes, which means they go pick up the car, wash it and bring it back. That costs $29.99 and includes vacuuming and window cleaning.
Updated @ 3:57 p.m. on 10/23/13 to correct a factual error: Gilliland is no longer Hopkins' business partner.
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