Car wash without water? UNC student says yes

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WTVD) -- A waterless car wash? It sounds like an oxymoron, but Austin Helms, a student at the UNC Kenan Flagler Business School says it's possible, and good for the environment, too.

"It saves 45 gallons or more per car wash, and most people don't realize how much water is wasted at a car wash," Helms said.

He and his business partners are trying to change the way you clean your car. To say Helms is passionate about the concept is an understatement. He began washing cars at the age of twelve.

"I tell my parents that they made the best investment of their entire life when they purchased a bucket and some soap and they told me how to wash a car," he said.

His hard work earned him spending money throughout high school, and now he's turning his dorm-room dream into a booming business called Waterless Buddy's - allowing you to get a wash while you shop for just $15.

"We can detail your car at your house, when you go to the park, when you eat, when you take your husband or wife out for dinner - pretty much anywhere, anytime, anything, we can do it," Helms said.

Waterless Buddy's will be opening to the public at University Place in Chapel Hill in the fall. But in the meantime, you can request an onsite car wash by going to their website.

The "waterless" product is 100 percent eco-friendly and safe for your car, Helms says it won't scratch the paint.

"When you spray the product on the vehicle, there is a chemical inside the product that lifts the dirt to the surface of the car, allowing one of our buddies to safely remove the product with a microfiber towel," he explained.

The exterior experience is a wash, wax, and seal in one. Helms and his "buddies" were able to take our news car from drab to fab in 8 minutes flat. He's hoping to hire more "buddies" in the fall, from local high schools and colleges.

And although the process of cleaning is quick, Helms hopes his business will stick around for a while.

"This is going to come true. This is going to be something," he said.

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