This budding entrepreneur from Knightdale is working to acquire a business of his own
Q: You have your own mobile detail car wash, where you can show up at someone’s business or residence and detail a vehicle. What gave you the idea to go into business for yourself?
A: “I really enjoyed the car wash where I used to work. We would wash the car by hand – not machines. It went out of business and I really hated that because I liked working there. I hated to see it go. I started thinking that I wanted to open a similar business – hand wash only. I am saving up and studying right now to do that but until I can get my own business, I am working at some car dealerships and I have my detail business on the side. I just want to have my own place and my own staff one day.”
Q; What car dealerships are you affiliated with?
A: “I detail the cars at Fred Anderson Toyota in Raleigh and at Hubert Vester in Wilson.”
Q: What exactly do you do there?
A: “Get the cars ready to sell. We mostly work on the used cars. We don’t really work for them – more or like on contract, just work for commissions. I work for Interior Magic. It is a national franchise. We clean the cars and get them ready. We buff the scratches out. If there are stains in the carpet, we can get them out. Sometimes, we can also dye the carpet. If there is a rip in the leather, we can fix it. Or a rip in the carpet. Whatever needs to be done.”
Q: What about cigarette smoke? That must be impossible to get out.
A: “No, we can do that too. We bomb it. We use a machine that cycles chemicals in the air and kills all the smoke smell.”
Q: What about your mobile business? Does that take a lot of your time?
A: “Some days are busier than others. With my mobile business, I don’t have my own water supply, like I would at a dealership. I would have to use the customer’s water but that is usually not a problem. I have everything else. I can wax it, make minor repairs to the interior. It can take me anywhere between two to four hours, depending on what I have to do.”
Q: And business is good?
A: “Well, some weeks are busier than others. It really depends on the weather. If it is snowing or raining, I really can’t do anything so that hurts.”
Q: Do you have anyone to help you?
A: “Most of the time, it is just me. Sometimes I take my younger brother with me. It depends on if I have a tough job. Getting up dog hair is a pain. That takes a lot of time. And tree sap is tough.”
Q: You currently live in Knightdale but are you an eastern Wake native?
A: “I was born in New Bern. I have lived in Wilmington, Fayetteville, Florida, South Carolina, and then settled in Knightdale.”
Q: Why travel around so much?
A: “I lived with my mom. She moved around a lot. My dad lived in Knightdale. I got tired of moving around so much and just moved in with him when I was 15.”
Q: Did you graduate from Knightdale High?
A: “I graduated from Wake Tech. I found high school kids to be too immature. I really didn’t like high school life.”
Q: When you are not busy sprucing up cars, what hobbies do you enjoy?
A: “I like to fish. And just ride around if the weather is nice. And I go to school.”
Q: What are you studying?
A: “I want to get my degree in business management. I take on-line courses because I work.”
Q: What do you think of taking on-line classes?
A: “It is a lot tougher than I thought. You really have to manage your time. I have to devote about 3 to 4 hours of my day to schoolwork but with working full-time, that can be tough.”
Q: Where would you like to locate your business?
A: “I like the North Hills area. People don’t want to send their nice cars through a machine that can scratch – they want their cars hand washed. They could drop it off with me, go shopping, and then pick it up. That is what I would like one day. For right now, I am focusing on school.”
Correspondent Dena Coward