With the city’s streets being swamped by the latest models of luxury cars, the ensuing demand for professionally run carwash facilities has soared over the years.
With new car washes coming up in various localities the business has proved to be a great hit as it is very lucrative despite the cut-throat competition.
Some of the upmarket carwash centres offer services that employ new techniques using equipment imported from abroad.
One such process that has become quite popular among luxury car and bike owners is a steam wash in which high-pressure machines remove all stains from within and outside the vehicle.
A steam wash, which costs between `1,000 and `2,500, comes in two forms — dry and wet — and can make a vehicle look as if has just been driven out from a showroom.
The steam has the capability to even do away with the foul odour that sometimes become intolerable inside cars, in addition to “eliminating germs” inside a car. While dry steam is used inside the vehicle, wet steam is used on the alloy components like wheels.
Komal Singh Grewal, who runs the Guru Kripa Steam Wash Centre on Ferozepur Road, said the steam wash had steadily gained popularity with most luxury car owners preferring it over other carwash techniques.
“Only two carwashes in the city have steam wash equipment, which have to be imported. Several other techniques including a ‘detailing pack’ gives a shine to the vehicle, making it look almost like a brand new one, and the price starts from `2,500. The process protects the vehicle from outer dust particles and also removes scratches,” Grewal added.
Most locals do not balk at paying a bomb for getting their vehicles serviced at carwashes. Karan Gandhi, a resident of Model Town, said he took his vehicle to a carwash every week. “It’s difficult to wash a car properly at home. A thorough job can only be done at a professionally run carwash,” he added.
“When one doesn’t mind shelling out a huge amount of money for buying a glitzy car, one shouldn’t cut corners when it comes to keeping it spick and span,” said Dalbir Singh, a resident of Dugri.