Warmer weather proves to be a boon for car washes

By Tom Lehman 11:05pm, January 31, 2014 - Updated 10:04am, February 1, 2014
VIDEO: Greenhill Car Wash manager Pete Sankus talks about an uptick of business on Friday.
If you decide to get your car washed this weekend, you won't be the only one.

Long lines of dirty cars spilled into the street outside many area car washes Friday as drivers looked to wash dirt and salt residue from their vehicles following the recent snowfall.

"When it snows, it's our time of the year," said Pete Sankus, a manager at Greenhill Car Wash in Wilmington.

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A line of cars that extended onto Greenhill Avenue could be seen outside the car wash Friday afternoon. Similar lines were reported at other businesses like Magic Car Wash on Naamans Road.

Sankus credited the uptick in temperature as the reason why many people went to a car wash on Friday.

"The warmth definitely helps," he said. "When it was cold we were running cars and we were busy but not the frequency we're at right now. Yesterday was a new record for us. With the amount of cars we're running today, we're gonna' surpass that."

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Mari Fumpter said she headed straight to the car wash after picking up her son from school.

The line at Greenhill Car Wash was so long Fumpter opted for self-service rather than wait for the drive-thru. She said the situation was similar at other car washes around the Wilmington area.

"I usually dress up and I've rubbed against my car several times and it's just been like white...yuck, my jeans everything. I can't do it another day," Fumpter said.

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