AMBOY — When talking to a lifetime resident of Amboy like Bill Gerdes, you can’t help but walk away with a true sense of dedication to hometown and community.
Gerdes purchased the car wash located on Route 52 in September 2017. He has made some upgrades to the facility and expects to make more in the near future.
The three bay car wash offers two manual and one automatic wash area.
“I have learned a lot about car washes over the past few months,” said Gerdes.
They have replaced or upgraded the mechanicals of the process, pressure, water volumes, vacuums, installed new meter boxes that will now take paper money and replaced the existing detergents with better products.
They have also installed LED lighting in all three bays. And installed a tankless hot water heater to help in the removal of bug splatter.
Some work has been done on the exterior as well.
One change that you will notice is the name is now American Auto Wash, new signage will go up as soon as the weather breaks. Gerdes plans to have credit card readers installed in the next 30 days or so. His future plans are to install a drier on the automatic bay as well, the addition of tokens is another project that will be done in time.
“Local residents have been appreciative of the changes so far,” said Gerdes. “Our goal is to offer quality products right here in Amboy and keep our business here. It has been a good experience. I go over and check it two or three times daily for proper operation and cleanliness.”