Splasherville Express Car Wash and Lube back in business



RAFAEL SAKELLARIOIU offers customer Mike Mcintosh a choice of gourmet coffees to enjoy while getting an oil change and car wash Friday at the Splasherville in Placerville. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins


Splasherville Express Car Wash and Lube back in business By Roberta Long If keeping your car, truck or SUV clean is a problem for you, Splasherville Express is the quick and easy answer. Splasherville is open seven days a week at 1361 Broadway in Placerville. Express means fast. The car wash will take five minutes or less. With two lube bays, a lube job will be done in 15 minutes. An oil change uses premium Castrol products. As a special offer with an oil change, you will receive a free soccer jersey through Aug. 31. While you are waiting you can enjoy a complimentary cup of gourmet coffee, tea or hot chocolate, or a bottled water. Jerry Bearden, the new owner of Splasherville Express, bought the business early this year. With experience from owning three car washes in Sacramento, he has arranged for a manager to be on deck at all times. His son, Todd, who manages the Sacramento car washes, will be on hand three days a week, while son-in-law Rafael Sakellariou will be there the other three days. They will trade Sundays. Bearden emphasizes training for his employees. “We have great, great employees,” he said. “One of the benefits of this economic period is that we were able to hire eight local employees who are experienced.” Nikalas Fox is ASE Certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. Mike McIntosh is a Certified GM mechanic. They are Splasherville’s lead technicians and the trainers for the other employees. Bearden’s goal is to have all employees qualified as Certified Lube Technicians. Martin McAfee is a current automotive student at the University Technical Institute. Matt Jazdzewski has completed several automotive courses at UTI. Rafael and his wife Shannon are both Certified Lube Managers as designated by the American Oil Changers Association. Todd is a Certified Lube Technician, although his main focus will be on the car wash operation. Splasherville has three levels of car wash: For $7, you can get an Express wash and free vacuum. For the $9 Deluxe service, you can add clear coat protectant, an undercarriage blaster that will get the dirt and grime out from under your vehicle, and tire and wheel cleaner. To finish your vehicle to gleaming appearance, the Ultra package, at $12, includes Black Magic tire shine, Triple Foam sealant and Rain-X, a protectant that water forms beads on. The car wash is environmentally designed, using only 2 to 4 gallons of water per vehicle. Ninety-five percent of the water is recycled. For owners who like to keep their vehicles in pristine condition, or who drive on dirt roads, Splasherville’s Clean Car Club allows you to wash as often as you want. Monthly memberships are $21 for the Express wash, $27 for the Deluxe, and $36 for the Ultra. The co-managers, Todd and Rafael, have been friends for over 20 years. They said they are looking forward to operating a business in El Dorado County. Todd, a Humboldt State graduate in psychology, and his wife, Kristine, love the outdoors — camping, backpacking, fishing. Todd and Kristine have a German shepherd named Brutus. Rafael grew up in San Rafael where he was in community theater and went to the College of Marin. He and his wife, Shannon, spent 10 years in New York City, where he worked as an actor in theater, movies and commercials. Rafael has a history degree from Stanislaus State University, intending to teach history. “I’d still like to do it someday, but this opportunity came up now,” he said. “Placerville has so much history. I can’t walk down Main Street without feeling a chill.” Right now Rafael is commuting from Modesto, but said he is anxious to relocate to the Placerville area. “I need to be close to the car wash,” he said. Shannon and their children, Maya, 7, Mateo, 5, and Ava, 2, are also looking forward to the move. Splasherville Express is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “We’re making a huge splash,” said Jerry Bearden. On Saturday, June 4, Splasherville Express will have an Open House all day. Visitors will receive a coupon for a free car wash and have their choice of a free corn dog from Weinerschnitzel next door or a small ice cream. Published May 31, 2011 | Last Modified on May 31, 2011 at 11:06 am

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Splasherville Express Car Wash and Lube back in business

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