Charlie’s Car Wash is named after our founder who passed away in 2012. We think the best way to tell our story is by first telling Charlie’s story.
Charlie Walker was born on May 27, 1932. He grew up in Salina, KS, the oldest in a family that moved frequently due to financial circumstances. Charlie dropped out of school after the ninth grade and made his way to Colorado to work in a steel mill. He went on to serve proudly in the United States Air Force.
In the 1960’s, Charlie started two companies that used truck-mounted equipment to provide mobile cleaning solutions. In his travels across North America selling the cleaning equipment, Charlie recognized a need for high quality, professional truck washes and car washes.
Charlie’s first truck wash was opened in Salina, Kansas, in 1973. It was an instant hit with truck drivers and Charlie immediately began adding new locations.
Charlie’s first self-serve car wash was opened in 1981 using many of the methods and equipment perfected in Charlie’s other vehicle-washing companies. In 1995, Eli Stephens was tasked with transforming the self-serve car washes to our current model. Eli passed away in 2012, but his impact on our company continues today.
Today our family of employees, which includes Charlie’s children and grandchildren, strives to continue Charlie’s mission of providing the highest quality washes with exceptional, friendly service.
Charlie’s greatest achievement in life was the way he gave back to his community and those in need. Charlie was a man of humble beginnings, and he never forgot his roots. He was an avid supporter of countless charities. Those closest to his heart included the Tammy Walker Cancer Center, named after his daughter who passed away at the age of 11, and the Rolling Hills Zoo, an AZA accredited zoo dedicated to the conservation of endangered species, founded by Charlie.
"I absolutely love Charlies. I drive 35 min to get to this location. The staff is absolutely the best. I have been about 25 times and have never had a bad experience. I am so excited about the Yukon location because its just 5 mins away. I seriously tell everyone out Charlie's. Thank you for the amazing service and perfectly clean car."
“Best car wash in KC. They earned my repeat business.”
"Employees noticed I still had bugs on the front of my car. When they told me, they politely told me I could run through the car wash again. I pulled back around to have my tires shined. Luke went out of his way to shine my tires due to me being at the car wash for a while. I greatly appreciate his kindness. Every time I get my car washed it always looks like I just bought it off the show room floor. Between the amazing customer service and the sparkling wash with cleaning, this is why I have a monthly subscription. I won’t go anywhere else. Thank you."