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Cars wait their turn
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A new futuristic car wash made quite a splash Tuesday when it opened on Leota St.

Free washes were offered to all comers. Cars were lined up all day, and still stretched more than a block at 2 p.m. The state-of-the-art drive-thru wash offers three levels -- Super, Super Gold and Super “Plattenum” for $6, $10 and $14 respectively.

Cars enter a waiting area on the east side of the wash bays. After washing the car, drivers can swing to the west side to use free vacuums at no charge. The vacuums are the most visible part of the system to passers-by, with futuristic looking tubes and hoses.

A “club membership” provides an RFID chip in the windshield that allows you to pull into the club membership lane. There, an antenna reads the chip, opens the gate and starts the system, a more automated, faster way of washing a car.

Owner Gary Jones said that by early afternoon several hundred vehicles had already been through the wash and the line was still growing.

Jones said the wash is something he’s wanted to open in North Platte for more than 15 years, and he decided that now was an opportune time. Construction began just three months ago.

Jones is the owner of Modern Muffler. His Modern Muffler and the Oil Exchange will both move to a new location west of the car wash, facing Jeffers St. The new building, which is under construction, also will contain a tire service shop.

Hoopy -- an unattractive (e.g. rusted, dented,) undependable, old automobile. (-- Slang dictionary)

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 9/5/2012
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