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Re: Anyone know WHY there's no car wash on STX?
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CruzanIron
September 27, 2016 08:58AM

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SunnyCyn
By my super rough back of envelope calc, the biz would need to do 20 washes every day for 4 years just to break even on the startup costs, never mind water, supplies, inventory of upsells, staff, taxes, etc.

And the cost of replacing the quarter/CC machines every week when people destroy them trying to get the money out of them (like has happened on every STX machine).

Re: Anyone know WHY there's no car wash on STX?

speee1dy
September 27, 2016 09:02AM

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People spend 50 on a hand wadh with detailing. So 25 bucks is doable

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AandA2VI
September 27, 2016 01:46PM

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I keep telling my fiancé I was to buy that wash over by sunny isles and put in a drive through easy like tutu has. Would make a killing!!!!

I pay $40 for my suv at the guys by pueblo. They do ok but I miss the $25 drive through.

Re: Anyone know WHY there's no car wash on STX?

SunnyCyn
September 28, 2016 01:32PM

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CruzanIron
And the cost of replacing the quarter/CC machines every week when people destroy them trying to get the money out of them (like has happened on every STX machine).

Sounds like a security guard would be cheaper!

Re: Anyone know WHY there's no car wash on STX?

St X
October 01, 2016 05:19PM

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There was a coin-op type place across (more or less) from Food Town. Its been closed for a couple of years now I think.
Might be a good place to start if anyone is interested.

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Alana33
October 01, 2016 06:54PM

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They have a few in STT that function very well.
Can't be that different to operate one in STX.

Re: Anyone know WHY there's no car wash on STX?

Juanita
October 02, 2016 08:00AM

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Scubadoo
How much do they charge for the hand wash? I've never gone.

A friend of mine just went to the one at Five Corners (BTW, it's been there for a number of years ...not new at all.). She paid $35 and said her car looked like new inside and out when they finished.

Juanita

Re: Anyone know WHY there's no car wash on STX?

Matt T
October 03, 2016 08:31AM

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I would never in a million years pay to have my car washed. I can wash a car in 15 minutes and vaccuum in another 15 minutes for free! And it will turn out better and I will be able to catch things like low tire pressure, a scratch I might not have known about, rust starting somewhere...

My jaw dropped when I saw people pay $40 to ge their car washed. BEst way for me to make it rain is to wash mine. I would be pissed if I paid $40 and then it rains and all that money is washed down the drain literally.

Complaining about no car washes = #firstworldproblems

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Alana33
October 03, 2016 09:21AM

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Splash n Dash in STT in Tutu Park Mall has a drive thru but guys will scrub it before it goes thru and dry after $12-$15-$20 depending what all you want done. They've got coin operated vacuums if you want to do it yourself or you can leave it to be detailed at a higher cost.

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vicanuck
October 03, 2016 02:15PM

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Matt T
My jaw dropped when I saw people pay $40 to get their car washed

Sure...I could wash my own car too. But the value of my time is much more than $40 for half an hour.

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janeinstx
October 03, 2016 05:11PM

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vicanuck


Sure...I could wash my own car too. But the value of my time is much more than $40 for half an hour.

Re: Anyone know WHY there's no car wash on STX?

SherriLynn
October 09, 2016 12:57AM

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What does STX stand for?

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stjohnjulie
October 09, 2016 05:40AM

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STX = St. Croix STT = St. Thomas STJ = St. John

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Scubadoo
October 09, 2016 09:44AM

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SherriLynn
What does STX stand for?

STX and STT are the codes used by world wide flight control for the main airports Henry E Rohlsen and Cyril E King. Interestingly SJF is used for St John. What airport? I don't know, maybe it's a helipad.

Re: Anyone know WHY there's no car wash on STX?

SunnyCyn
October 09, 2016 08:47PM

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Didn't intend to "complain", I was thinking of this as a potential business opportunity.

I don't think this qualifies as #firstworldproblems, but if you'd like, I can start a thread asking after where to obtain truffle salt and Chateuneuf du Pape on island...
big grin



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/09/2016 08:48PM by SunnyCyn.

Re: Anyone know WHY there's no car wash on STX?

Trixie_b
October 09, 2016 11:28PM

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SunnyCyn
Didn't intend to "complain", I was thinking of this as a potential business opportunity.

I don't think this qualifies as #firstworldproblems, but if you'd like, I can start a thread asking after where to obtain truffle salt and Chateuneuf du Pape on island...
big grin

Chataeunerf delish.... Now that's a thread I'd be into wink

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Scubadoo
October 09, 2016 11:59PM

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SunnyCyn
Chateuneuf du Pape on island...
big grin

Seaside Market as a big selection or you might have to order it in from St. Martinhappy

Re: Anyone know WHY there's no car wash on STX?
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CruzanIron
October 10, 2016 07:05AM

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Scubadoo
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SherriLynn
What does STX stand for?

STX and STT are the codes used by world wide flight control for the main airports Henry E Rohlsen and Cyril E King. Interestingly SJF is used for St John. What airport? I don't know, maybe it's a helipad.

I think Antilles used to fly to St. John.

Re: Anyone know WHY there's no car wash on STX?

Alana33
October 10, 2016 10:35AM

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It did.
Had a small seaplane ramp in the creek, across from the administrator's building.

Re: Anyone know WHY there's no car wash on STX?

AandA2VI
October 10, 2016 09:38PM

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Matt T
I would never in a million years pay to have my car washed. I can wash a car in 15 minutes and vaccuum in another 15 minutes for free! And it will turn out better and I will be able to catch things like low tire pressure, a scratch I might not have known about, rust starting somewhere...

My jaw dropped when I saw people pay $40 to ge their car washed. BEst way for me to make it rain is to wash mine. I would be pissed if I paid $40 and then it rains and all that money is washed down the drain literally.

Complaining about no car washes = #firstworldproblems

Do you live here? I would GLADLY pay $40 for my massive 8 seater jeep inside and out. It would take me an entire day and they only take about 2 hours. worth it for me as I charge $75-$100 an hour so I actually LOOSE money washing it myself wink

PS: Can anyone recommend a GOOD detail place to buff my oxidized hood? It may need to be repainted - its pretty bad - so thats my next question, anyone know of a good painter? I dont want any orange peel look, must be good and have a spray bay. smiling TIA.

PSS: I saw TWO new (maybe not new) washes today. That one gas station caddy Shuarma (sp) now has a flag that says carwash. Also on the way home past Kmart heading west - before the dumpster site looks like a coin op is working - there were people there working and a sign out.

Re: Anyone know WHY there's no car wash on STX?

Alana33
October 10, 2016 09:44PM

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I know a guy in STT.

Re: Anyone know WHY there's no car wash on STX?

AandA2VI
October 10, 2016 09:49PM

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HAHAHA Damn it! ;-)

Re: Anyone know WHY there's no car wash on STX?

Alana33
October 10, 2016 09:59PM

Registered: 5 years ago
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Actually, he doesn't have a bay. He's got a tent.
He's a shade tree mechanic but he's damned good and I'm fussy.
Plus, he's honest.

Re: Anyone know WHY there's no car wash on STX?

SunnyCyn
October 11, 2016 11:15AM

Registered: 1 year ago
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That's actually awesome to know, even though I was mostly kidding!

Re: Anyone know WHY there's no car wash on STX?

nohstx
October 12, 2016 03:52PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 124

West of Plaza West near Centerline Bakery there is a coin operated car wash on STX.

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