Day 8: East Ridge Car Wash

by Jeff

A clean car is a happy car!

Longtime friends David Smith and Chuck Grant, owner of East Ridge Car Wash

Longtime friends David Smith and Chuck Grant, owner of East Ridge Car Wash - ChattanoogaAndBeyond.com

The East Ridge Car Wash owned and operated by the Grant Brothers is a fixture on Ringgold Road just through the tunnel.

At it’s current location for 26 years, East Ridge Car Wash was started by Jim Grant Sr. Mr. Grant was a pioneer in the automatic car wash business when he opened his first back in 1962. At the age of 82 Mr. Grant still comes in to the car wash to help brothers Jim and Chuck Grant in this thriving family business.

First stop at the car wash

First stop at the car wash - ChattanoogaAndBeyond.com

Today I drove across town for one reason…to get my car washed. In this day of “coin operated” and full automation, East Ridge Car Wash is the perfect blend of automatic and hands on with crews that get to work as soon as you pull in.

Pre wash at the East Ridge Car Wash

Pre wash at the East Ridge Car Wash - ChattanoogaAndBeyond.com

The first stop is at the vacuum station where the attendants start the interior cleaning which includes washing the floor mats. When busy it is very easy to meet someone else exited their car and watching intently as the techs get to work. Today I met David Smith the owner of DJ Smith Co., Inc. who is a long time friend of owner Chuck Grant. Having grown up in East Ridge they have been friends since school.

From here the car is pulled in line to another station is sprayed and treated for bugs, wheel grime and such.

Mary Yarber cashing me out!

Mary Yarber at the register, greets you with a smile

After the 5 minute ride through the “state of the art” system, clean and rinsed, my car emerges from the other end of the wash. Here is where most car washes end but at East Ridge another crew swarms on the car as it is pulled under a canopy. With towels in hand they go over every surface, clean the windows and wheels, polish the door jams, making sure everything is in place before they send you on your way with a thank you!

Attendant hops in the back of David Smith's truck to finish the job

Attendant hops in the back of David Smith's truck to finish the job

This “fixture” in East Ridge is located at 3206 Ringgold Road, Chattanooga, TN 37412, just through the tunnel.

Helpful staff at East Ridge Car Wash

Helpful staff at East Ridge Car Wash - ChattanoogaAndBeyond.com

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

David Smith May 2, 2010 at 12:34 pm

This really is the best carwash in the Chattanooga area. I grew up in East Ridge but live in East Brainerd, and I will drive to East Ridge to get an oil change and have our Trucks and Cars cleaned.

Robert Richelson May 2, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Hope your dad is doing ok, we went to hospital right after his surgery

Jeanna & Robert

Jeff Wishmyer May 3, 2010 at 3:47 am

Jeanna & Robert,

Chuck’s email is, ercarwash@yahoo.com

Be well,
Jeff

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