Car washes, customer service are Best of the Best at Fast Eddie's four locations

  • Fast Eddie's four car washes are immaculate, high-class operations where customers receive excellent service and are always greeted with a smile.

    Fast Eddie's four car washes are immaculate, high-class operations where customers receive excellent service and are always greeted with a smile.

  • Getting your car regularly washed extends its life.

    Getting your car regularly washed extends its life.

Updated 9/8/2021 10:51 PM

Keeping a car clean -- both inside and out -- is part of the maintenance necessary to make sure a vehicle maintains its value, year after year. So, taking a periodic trip to your local car wash is vital if you don't want to haul out the hose and do the washing yourself.

Fast Eddie's Car Wash and Detail Centers stand out as a full-service car washes, catering to customers in the Northwest suburbs. What started as a single car wash in McHenry has grown into a thriving company with four locations -- in Barrington, Huntley, Crystal Lake and, of course, McHenry. Since Kim Doherty and her husband, Joe, took over the family business, the company has grown exponentially, currently employing roughly 100 people.


The first Fast Eddie's in McHenry will celebrate 24 years in business in November, and although they've grown in size, the company still remains family-owned and operated, maintaining its small business charm and thorough and courteous customer service. Their personal touch doesn't go unnoticed; customer care combined with thorough car washes at great prices earned them the Daily Herald Readers' Choice Best of the Best -- Best Car Wash award in 2021.

"Our team truly is the best of the best. They know our frequent customers by name, always have a smile on their face, even under their masks these days, and truly go above and beyond to provide the best service," Doherty said.

Fast Eddie's mission is to brighten their customers' days with an impeccable car wash, friendly service and amenities that make them feel at home. Each location features a gift shop selling items ranging from auto items to lottery tickets, candy, toys, hand sanitizers and masks that customers can peruse while attendants care for their vehicle, even hand towel-drying it, a rarity in the industry these days.

"We offer services for every need and budget, from exterior only washes to full detail packages," said Doherty.

All Fast Eddie's locations are open seven days a week and offer numerous wash options. For instance, customers can opt for an express Exterior Only wash (and ride through during the washing process to avoid contact with others) or enjoy one of many Full Service Wash selections.

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Additional options include Fast Eddie's Antibacterial Sanitizing and Disinfectant Service which sanitizes and disinfects interior surfaces of vehicles from viruses, including COVID-19, bacteria and mold. It is safe on all surfaces, takes under 10 minutes to complete and can be added to any service, starting at only $19.99.

Many customers also choose to take advantage of the huge savings offered by Fast Eddie's Ultimate Wash Club. Through the club, customers can receive unlimited car washes each month. For one low price, members can choose a Monday through Thursday wash plan or a seven-day-a-week plan. The membership renews automatically each month, making it convenient for customers to bring their car by whenever needed.

Fast Eddie's occasionally offers customers who purchase a $100 Wash Card an additional free $25 Wash Card and those purchasing a $50 wash card receive a free $10 Wash Card. Watch for those specials which make popular holiday and birthday gifts, even more now that cleaning and sanitizing your vehicle is a top priority, Doherty said. Gift cards are always offered and they can be used on all services, as well as in the gift shop.

"These cards are great gifts for everyone and you don't have to worry about what size they wear or if they have food allergies. If they own a car, our wash cards and gift cards are a great option," Doherty stated.

It is also worth noting that Fast Eddie's provides numerous other services including interior and exterior detailing for cars (including Teslas), boats, RVs, trucks, golf carts and motorcycles. If it is too big to fit through the tunnel, the staff at Fast Eddie's will hand wash it. Their menu of a la carte services includes the shampooing of carpets and mats, headlight restoration, paint and tar removal, ozone odor elimination, polishing rims and sanitization/disinfection services.

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