In a boon for Beaudesert and beyond, motorists now have access to an automated car wash on a significant thoroughfare between the Gold Coast and the Scenic Rim.
The Beauy Car Wash, a $2m investment as part of Oakland Estate on Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road, opened in mid-August to the delight of residents and visitors alike.
The new car wash includes three self-service bays, one automated bay and two vacuum bays and features a 2.4m clearance to accommodate taller vehicles.
Developer James Robinson said up to 80 vehicles had used the car wash each day since it opened.
He said the facility was ideally positioned to service the Scenic Rim and surrounding areas.
“We get a lot of tourists through this region, and I want Beaudesert to be more than just a truck stop town. Visitors might typically stop and get fuel and a coffee here and then head off to their destination, but what we really want is for them to stop a little longer in Beaudesert too,” he said.
“There are a lot of motorbikes and 4WDs coming through this region, and I was chuffed the first weekend we opened to see three of the bays were occupied with motorbike trailers all loaded up and making the most of it.”
Beauy Car Wash is open 24/7, with staffer Estelle Dean on hand Wednesday to Sunday to help motorists choose the best wash for their vehicle.
Mr Robinson is also partnering with local businesses to sell Beauy Car Wash membership tags, with the Greener Grocer, Caltex (Oakland Estate), Beau View Trade Supplies, Bursons, Star Liquor (Oakland Estate) and Oakland Fish and Chips so far coming on board.
People can purchase the reloadable, branded key ring tags for $40 from participating retailers, and receive an extra $10 credit when they register them at https://www.beauycarwash.com.au/
Other payment options include bank card at the car wash itself and cash, via the Greener Grocer supermarket in the same complex.
Nathan Crane, who has owned Beau View Trade Supplies for 17 years, said he saw value in being a participating retailer of the membership tags.
“People have been asking for an automated car wash for years, so it’s a real positive that we’ve got this in Beaudesert now,” he said.
“When businesses can help one another out in any form, that’s a good thing for the region.”
A second automated car wash is also in the pipeline for the Scenic Rim, with Charlie’s Car and Dog Wash on Helen Street, Beaudesert due to open on September 1.
The last time the region got an automated car wash car wash was in 2006, when former Ford dealership owner Keith Gee opened a semi-automated facility as part of his business.