August 1, 2015, began AUTEC's 35th year in business. AUTEC was founded by Tom Hobby in 1981 when driveway washing was commonplace. So starting a business that was counting on changing a public mindset was risky. Many businesses today exist and thrive because of one man's vision. AUTEC is certainly one. Back then, the average car owner spent several hours each week with bucket, soap, water, old towels and elbow grease cleaning his car. Over the years, car owners began looking for a fast, convenient, environmentally-friendly alternative to driveway washing.
With drought conditions at record-setting levels, AUTEC's automatic car washes keep water usage in check with state-of-the-art water recovery systems. This article featuring a question submitted to EarthTalk asks:
"What is the most environmentally friendly way I can wash my car: doing it myself or going to the local car wash?" According to the article, "Few people realize that washing our cars in our driveways is one of the most environmentally unfriendly chores we can do around the house. Unlike household waste water that enters sewers or septic systems and undergoes treatment before it is discharged into the environment, what runs off from your car goes right into storm drains -- and eventually into rivers, streams, creeks and wetlands where it poisons aquatic life and wreaks other ecosystem havoc.
After all, that water is loaded with a witch's brew of gasoline, oil and residues from exhaust fumes -- as well as the harsh detergents being used for the washing itself.
Commercial Car Washes Treat Waste Water
On the other hand, federal laws in both the U.S. and Canada require commercial car wash facilities to drain their wastewater into sewer systems, so it gets treated before it is discharged back into the great outdoors. And commercial car washes use computer controlled systems and high-pressure nozzles and pumps that minimize water usage. Many also recycle and re-use the rinse water."
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Since its inception, AUTEC has earned a reputation of providing customers with unprecedented wash quality, durable equipment, eco-friendly options, and trouble-free operation - all culminating in an exceptional return on investment because consumers love it!
AUTEC manufactures three primary car wash systems: soft touch, touch free, and a combination system that provides both. AUTEC also manufactures a soft touch polisher.
Success for our customers is our number one priority which is why we guide them through the buying process by providing help with demographic studies, site selection, and equipment and options selections. We ensure them of consistent cleaning performance and best-in-industry throughput. Oh! And did we mention lowest operating cost?
From a fledgling company started in the founder's basement, to a multi-million dollar corporation, AUTEC's Statesville, North Carolina headquarters encompasses marketing, research & development, engineering & drafting, welding & metal fabrication, paint & surface preparation, electrical, assembly, technical service, and a complete chemical blending, formulating and packaging operation.