Southland Auto Wash

    Business Stats

  • Founded in 1950 by Ernest Ellis in Grand Rapids and originally named Kwik Car Wash
  • Wyoming was original Southland Auto Wash location opened by the Ellis family in 1964
  • Named after Southland Plaza which was across the street from the first Southland Auto Wash
  • Family owned and operated by the third generation of the Ellis family
  • Five locations in Grand Rapids area with the sixth one on its way
  • Voted Best Car Wash in Grand Rapids Magazine poll for 15 straight years
  • Certified Watersavers® by International Car Wash Association
  • Donate 1¢ to Kids’ Food Basket for each car washed

Southland Auto Wash

Superior vehicle cleaning and excellent customer service are a great combination for a successful car wash but when you add innovative energy-saving technology, charitable giving, and local ownership, you’ve created the perfect mix. Southland Auto Wash has earned the reputation of providing all of these.

Southland Auto Wash is family owned and operated. They win awards and maintain a loyal fan base. They provide jobs for young people and help teach them responsibility. They give back to the community through non-profit organizations like Kids’ Food Basket, First Tee of West Michigan, and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

To ensure they consistently offer the ultimate in customer service, Vice President Sean Ellis says they remind employees, “We’re a customer service business that also happens to wash cars.”

Southland Auto Wash has been a leader in car wash technology since their start, and now, they lead in energy-efficiency and water conservation. They utilize sophisticated computerized controls with outputs adjustable to the fraction of an inch to avoid wasted energy. As a certified WaterSavers® car wash, they use an average of no more than 40 gallons of fresh water per car. All of that water is either recycled or returned to the environment cleanly.

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