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Family tradition: Father takes over car washing business that started with his son

Father takes over car washing business that started with his son
By Luke Whittaker

The Daily Astorian

Published on April 14, 2017 1:44PM

Peninsula Auto Detailing is based at 644 Route 101 in Chinook.

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Peninsula Auto Detailing is based at 644 Route 101 in Chinook.

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Phil Malmstadt has been operating Peninsula Auto Detailing since February, a business that started with his son Travis in 2012.

Phil Malmstadt has been operating Peninsula Auto Detailing since February, a business that started with his son Travis in 2012.

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CHINOOK — When a family business is passed from generation to generation, generally its path is from parent to child. Sometimes however, the script is flipped.

“It started with my son (Travis) in 2012 when he was in high school,” said Phil Malmstadt, standing in his back driveway with a bucket and a sponge.

“He saw that there was a need,” Malmstadt said. The “need” came in the form of a mobile car-washing company.

Then, Travis moved away to Vancouver for another career opportunity and in February, Phil officially took over the business. A 1998 graduate of Ilwaco High School, Phil worked in the automotive industry for more than 20 years, working in auto parts and repair at local shops, so a desire to maintain cars came naturally.

“I have a passion for vehicles and taking care of them,” he said. While his business isn’t mobile, he is hopeful to schedule up four cleanings a week at his home in Chinook.


Car care


Many Peninsula residents drive on the beach daily, some even taking to the sand for their morning commute to work. But the sand and salty air can take a toll on cars, particularly if owners aren’t careful to clean them afterward.

“The salt corrodes everything,” Malmstadt said.

“It’s good to get them cleaned and waxed, no matter if it’s winter or summer,” he said.

He recommends a detail every four to six months. The price for detailing a car inside and out starts at $150 and ranges up to $300, depending on the size of the vehicle and how dirty it is.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/PeninsulaAutoDetailing



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