By Brian Park
A pair of familiar faces is back in town to offer up their own brand of car-washing service, which comes with a personal touch. After seven years, Geoff Hirson and Paul Killick have returned to manage the day-to-day operations at Ortega Car Wash and Lube, located at 27201 Ortega Highway. Hirson designed and built the carwash in 1996 and opened it up a year later. For the next nine years, he and Killick ran the carwash with an emphasis on building a personal relationship with their customers.
“We always wanted this place to be like the TV show ‘Cheers,’ where everybody knows your name,” Killick said.
Hirson sold the carwash in 2005, but earlier this year, current ownership brought the pair back in an effort to restore the business’ camaraderie with clientele and the community. The two managers—Killick works full time and Hirson part time—have already begun doing so by offering free washes for the entire fleet of vans from the Boys & Girls Club of Capistrano Valley and by sponsoring the Capistrano Valley Christian Schools football team.
As for service, Killick said the carwash now offers windshield repairs, in addition to oil changes and detailing.