Best Local Car Wash

Readers' Pick

First place:

Car Pool Car Wash

Various locations

Second place: Autoworks Detailing

Third place: Flagstop Car Wash

A few months ago, Richmond made it onto another national list: According to the asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the river city is one of the top 10 allergy capitals of the U.S. This came as very little surprise to everyone who spent the entire month of April sneezing and wheezing. And given the relentless, daily showers of dusty yellow for what felt like an eternity this spring, car owners were also acutely aware of that pollen count.

That's where Car Pool Car Wash comes in. This multilocation, locally owned business has been washing, hand-drying, vacuuming and detailing Richmond-area vehicles since 1977, and its attention to detail, frequency rewards program and customer service have earned it the reputation as best car wash in Richmond.

"Unlike other car washes in the area, Car Pool concentrates on the outside and the inside of your car," says owner Tyree Brown. "We vacuum, clean windows, dust and clean the dashboard and cup holders. Most importantly, Car Pool understands that it is not about the car, but it is about the person driving the car."

At most locations, a basic exterior wash starts at $10, and a wash-and-vacuum is $17.95, with packages up to $41.95. Car Pool Express on Chamberlayne Avenue offers $5-18 washes with free self-vacuum. And if it rains within a day of your visit to one of the nonexpress locations, come back for a complimentary exterior wash.

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