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UNC students launch waterless carwash business

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Waterless Buddy’s aims to combine environmentally friendly practices and innovation.


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — This fall a new carwashing service run by University of North Carolina (UNC) students is coming to University Place, according to dailytarheel.com.

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Waterless Buddy’s uses a waterless product containing a wash-wax sealant formula, which enables the business’ employees, or “Buddies,” to remove grime with a microfiber towel, stated the article.

The business aims to combine environmentally friendly practices and innovation, the article reported, and hopes it will create jobs for UNC students.

“Waterless Buddy’s is the future of carwashing,” said Austin Helms, founder of Waterless Buddy’s and a student at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, in the article. “As water becomes more and more scarce, our business, and other businesses that depend on water, will have to change and adapt. Luckily, we have a head start.”


Customers can find Waterless Buddy’s employees in University Place’s parking lot, the article continued, and the customers simply tell the employees where they are parked and then the Buddies detail the cars.

“Our current model has us only giving exterior details, but we hope to move into a full detail in the future,” stated Helms in the article. “We also have bigger ideas that involve technology that will allow customers to get their cars washed anywhere at any time by anybody. You could say an ‘Uber meets carwashing.’”

The response to the business’ test run last fall was positive, the article noted.

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