The Fast and the Affordable
Quick and perfectly priced, Waterworks Express Car Wash offers a glimpse into the future of cleaner cars
by Daniel Sean Kaye

When it comes to the car wash, the future is now, and to see that, you need look no further than DeKalb Pike in Blue Bell. That’s where you’ll find the fully automated Waterworks Express Car Wash, a business employing cutting-edge, state-of-the-art technology that’ll get a car clean very quickly and at a fraction of the cost of most any other place you’ll find.

A Special Experience
Waterworks Express Car Wash takes a very cool path to automobile cleanliness. The experience begins when the customer visits one of their two automated pay stations. The customer pulls up and a sensor automatically recognizes the car’s presence. “It talks to you,” says owner Chuck Riegg. A video then starts playing, telling the customer about the many different services offered and the details for each car wash package from which they can choose, he explains.

Once they choose their desired wash, the customer drives around the building to where an employee directs them onto a conveyor. The light confirms what level of wash they will be getting, and the car then enters the main car-washing phase. The rest of the experience is also automated, including the eight blowers that dry the car after the rinsing actions at the end of the wash. The car then leaves the process about 95 percent dry, meaning there is no spotting due to the residual water just beading right off. The entire car wash—from the moment you leave the kiosk to when your clean car exits the wash—can take just two minutes.

At Waterworks Express Car Wash, customers can choose from four levels of clean:
* For $3, the Basic offers an exterior wash.
* For $6, the Deluxe offers the exterior wash, a spot-free rinse, wheel cleaner, the high-pressure wheel blaster and sealer wax.
* For $9, the Works offers the exterior wash, a spot-free rinse, wheel cleaner, the high-pressure wheel blaster, sealer wax, an undercarriage wash and a triple-foam polish.
* For $12, the Ultimate offers the exterior wash, a spot-free rinse, wheel cleaner, the high-pressure wheel blaster, sealer wax, an undercarriage wash, a triple-foam polish, Rain-X glass treatment and professional tire shine.

More Options
In addition to the process just explained, the automated pay station also allows the customer to purchase a monthly pass, as well as gift cards and more. The Waterworks Express Car Wash monthly pass, automated as well and billed to your credit card—think “E-ZPass” for the car wash—offers you frequent washes in a fraction of the valuable time wasted with other car washes. Here’s how it works: Upon registration, a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag is placed on your vehicle. As soon as you arrive at the pay station, the RFID readers detect the tag and automatically open the gate. This allows vehicles to be washed in record time.

The monthly car wash pass truly offers ease and convenience in worry-free car cleaning. With the affordable monthly pass, a customer is not “locked in” to a long-term plan. You pay one low fee and can go every day, if you like. The plans start at just $20 per month, and because you have no contract or commitment, you can cancel at any time. You never have to have a dirty car again. Even the vacuums at the location are free.

Don’t forget the added benefit of never again having to worry about having money with you. With its express-pay terminals featuring prepaid cards, Waterworks offers a smart, cashless alternative to traditional payment methods. By having the pass, you never again have to worry about having enough money on you. There are no extra or hidden costs. You just drive in and choose the kind of wash you want and, in a few minutes, are on your way.

Important Details
Waterworks Express Car Wash opened in January 2013 and the location on DeKalb Pike in Blue Bell is currently the only automated site. More than 20,000 cars per day drive through this very busy area. The car wash is open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The company’s other car wash, which is a full-service business, is located in Plymouth Meeting.

“The automated system greatly reduces cost, especially through a reduction in the need for labor cost,” says Riegg. “While our full-service location needs [as many as] 12 people to do the job, at the express location we can wash about 1,000 cars a day using just about five people.”

Featuring the latest in car cleaning technology, Waterworks Express Car Wash offers a wonderfully easy experience. The monthly pass also saves money and a great deal of time. For one low price, you can wash your car as often as you like, and by signing up for the pass, you can just swing in whenever you have a few minutes to spare.

A professional car wash at a great price that is more convenient than ever? With Waterworks Express Car Wash, driving the most spotless car in town and having more money in your pocket is exactly what you receive.

Waterworks Express Car Wash is located at 1269 DeKalb Pike in Blue Bell, Montgomery County. For more information, call 610-292-9274 or visit You can also “like” them on Facebook.

Photograph by Rob Hall