ALACHUA ‒ Dirty cars may soon be harder to find in Alachua as Whistle Express Car Wash has officially opened its doors. The Charlotte-based company has over 100 locations in nine states and the newest location is one of two opening in Alachua County this month.

Alachua’s location opened with an official grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Jan. 5. Located at 16093 N.W. 163rd Lane in Alachua, the car wash fronts U.S. Highway 441.

The event featured free car washes, giveaways, memberships and interview opportunities. Joining company officials on site were members of the Alachua City Commission and the Alachua Chamber of Commerce. Individuals helping cut the ribbon were Alachua Mayor Gib Coerper, City Commissioners Shirley Green Brown and Ed Potts. Representing the Alachua Chamber was incoming president-elect Adam Boukari.

“There’s just something about driving around in a clean car that makes everyone feel on top of the world,” said Chris Auter, regional director of operations for Whistle Express. “We believe everyone deserves those small wins, and our team is ready to deliver that feeling of victory to Alachua drivers.”

Car washes take just under three minutes and provide customers with free high-powered vacuums, air nozzles, spray cleaners, towels, and floor mat stations. The car wash reclaims up to 85 percent of water used during a wash and uses an average of 91 percent less water than a standard at-home wash. Hours are Monday through Sunday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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