Drivers traveling through midtown Kingston have been noticing a pleasant change to the building at 695 Broadway, at the corner of Broadway and Liberty Street. Not since the 1950′s when it was an Atlantic gas station has the little cement block building looked so spiffy. On August 6, with crisp new signage announcing its services, J’s Detailing and Car Wash, Inc. opened its two bays for business.
Jamar Ashe, the owner/operator has been in the detailing business in the Kingston area since 1990. He had been scouting for an ideal location, when he noticed that the former car repair shop on the corner had closed. He bought the building from Honda of Kingston in June and spent two months retrofitting it for the requirements of a high-efficiency detailing business.
As his sign proclaims, J’s Detailing will give the showroom shine to “anything with a motor,” including boats, RV’s, busses, motorcycles, and jet skis. The varied services offered range from $14.99 to $159.99. Express service is a specialty. Perfectionists in a hurry can relax in the tidy waiting room while their vehicle is returned to showroom condition. Vehicle drop-off service is available 24/7. In another option, Mr. Ashe can pick up the vehicle locally, detail it, and return it.
This is far more than a “sweep and a shine” operation. Got a vintage vehicle that was stored for years in a leaky barn? Mr. Ashe’s services include mold and mildew abatement, convertible window restoration, and leather and cloth seat restoration.
For vehicles with a few dings and dinks, Mr. Ashe can touch up damaged paint, restore tail lights and headlights, and restore chrome and alloy wheels. He is quick to point out that these services are as important for the family SUV as they are for a performance car on its way to the car show. Damage to the exterior of a car, even when minor, will get worse with time, and will negatively impact the value at trade-in time.
In addition to quick cleaning, Mr. Ashe has specialized for years in fleet cleaning, with special discounts for government and law enforcement vehicles. He also offers discounts for car dealerships, senior citizens, and emergency vehicles. He’s detailed everything from tour busses for rock groups through 3-wheel off-the-road vehicles. When he says “No job too large or too small” he means it quite literally.
While Mr. Ashe is slowly building his clientele he is also looking to the future. He has applied for a used car dealer’s license, and he hopes to be able to offer a few select (and very clean!) used cars by next year. Right now, the lot surrounding the store is cleaner and tidier than it has been in many decades.
Mr. Ashe feels that having one’s vehicle detailed is not a luxury, it is an investment in preserving one’s equipment. His undercar cleaning removes the mud, road salt, and other substances that are responsible for irreparable rust damage of cars in the northern climes. A clean car reflects pride in ownership and self respect. A car or RV that is spotless inside and out reflects (so as to speak) well on the owner and the neighborhood.
J’s Detailing and Car Wash Inc. is already a great reflection on the neighborhood–and a shining example of what a great neighborhood business can do for the neighborhood!