Car wash floods with customers

News photo by Emily Thiel Scott's Car Wash, Exeter Twp.

The warm(er) weather thawed the snow and flooded one local business with customers this past weekend.

After a fleet of snowstorms throughout the month of January, Berks County residents resort to Scott’s Car Wash, 5700 Perkiomen Ave., Exeter Township, to wash their car when the sun begins to shine.

“We’re washing over 1,000 cars today,” Scott Egolf, Exeter resident and owner of Scott’s Car Wash, said. “It’s insane,” he said while directing the heavy flow of cars. “I’m running out of places to put them.”

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Egolf has had the business for 18 years.

On Friday, Jan. 31, Scott’s Car Wash had 913 cars through the wash.

“We’ve had a line since before 7 a.m.,” Manager Barbara Depsky, Birdsboro, said Saturday, Feb. 1. She’s has never seen the wash so busy. “An average weekend with nice weather [the car wash] can see 500 to 600 cars,” she said.

“There’s been a lot of people I haven’t seen before, and I’ve been here awhile,” Depsky said. Depending on the time of day, the wait in line was at least half an hour.

Egolf had two employees directing traffic to keep the “main [traffic] arties flowing,” but said due to the amount of cars, both the car wash and Dairy Queen parking lots were lined with patiently waiting customers.

“It’s early [in the season] and we’ve had such bad weather,” Depsky said. She understood the need to want a clean car, especially with how the salt reside can get on your coat and clothing.

“I want to get the salt off of my car,” Al Cataldi, Exeter Township, said about why he was waiting in line.“I always come to Scott’s.”

“This is the second car I’m bring through today,” Max, Exeter Township, said. “My garden hose is unthawed, I’ve got to make due with what’s available.”

Customers appreciate the fresh feeling of a clean car, especially after the winter snowstorms.

“Anything to get out in the sunshine,” Debbie Powers, Exeter, said while waiting. But the line of people who had the same idea -- “it’s ludicrous!”

Egolf was glad to be outside enjoying the weather while his businesses was booming.

“It’s a nice, warm day after a big snowstorm,” he said. “It’s a good thing, the community has always supported us.”

As the owner of two car washes, in this busy season, Egolf has not even had a chance to take his own vehicle through.

“It’s nuts,” Kendra Reiseg, 18, employee and Birdsboro resident, said while directing cars to the rear of the line. “I’m ready for it to be over.”

The second Scott’s Car Wash opened in May 2012 and is located at 846 New Holland Rd., Reading; the locations are open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday - Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

About the Author

Emily Thiel

Emily Thiel is the editor of The Southern Berks News and is the Community Engagement Editor for Berks-Mont Newspapers. Emily joined Berks-Mont in March 2013. She graduated from Kutztown University in 2011 with a degree in English with a concentration in Cultural and Media Studies. Emily is a native of Allentown, Pa. Reach the author at ethiel@berksmontnews.com or follow Emily on Twitter: @sthrnberksnews.