Jones Detailing keeps vehicles looking top notch

17 years ago
By Scott Mitchell Johnson
Staff Writer

    FORT FAIRFIELD – Keeping a car clean – both inside and out – isn’t always easy, but Fort Fairfield’s Nate Jones is willing to give it a try.
    Two months ago, the 18-year-old opened Jones Detailing and has been busy meeting customers’ car cleaning needs ever since.
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    JONES DETAILING is a new Fort Fairfield business that aims to keep customers’ vehicles clean – both inside and out. Owned by 18-year-old Nate Jones, customers can have their vehicle hand washed, waxed, and the interior vacuumed and shampooed. Attending a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony were, front row, from left: Ruel Flannery, Fort Fairfield Town Council; Shawn Murchison, executive director of the Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce; Jones, owner; Justin Evens, employee; and Megan Leighton, secretary. Back row: Chris Durepo, building owner; Dave McCrea, councilor; Effie Murchie, chamber director; Tina Ireland, chamber director; Sue Fitzherbert, chamber director; Charlie Cormier, chamber director; and Tony Levesque, community development coordinator.

    Located at 110 Presque Isle Street, Suite 104, customers can pull into Jones Detailing and have their vehicle hand washed.
    “I had been doing this for about two years at my house, but it was just getting to be too much doing it outside. I figured I’d get my own place, and I moved in here about two months ago,” said Jones, son of Jeff Jones and Chris Elliott. “We’ve been right out straight. We’ve been booked for at least a week ahead, so things are going well.”
    “It’s all us,” said Jones. “We wash and dry it by hand … nothing’s automated. We also put shine on the tires, and that’s usually $10 to $15 depending on the size of the vehicle.
    “I also do a 30-minute quick detail where we wash the vehicle, make the outside look really good, and then we vacuum the inside,” he said. “We also have a full detail package which has to be done through an estimate. We wash the vehicle, dry it, wax it, and do everything on the inside … vacuum and shampoo, put a dressing on the dash, and make it look like it did when it came right out of the dealership.”
    The 30-minute detailing costs $30, and while the full package depends on the size of the vehicle, is rarely more than $100.
    Jones worked at a car wash in Caribou for a year and then went to Caldwell’s Auto Parts & Towing in Limestone before going into business for himself.
    “I was nervous at first opening my own business at 18,” said Jones, “but my best friend has a lawn care business, so I figured if he could do it, so could I, and he’s the same age as me.
    “I looked at this place probably four times before I got it,” he said. “I know the owner – Chris Durepo – through the fire department, and he really helped me out.”
    Though the only employee, Jones said he does get some help from his girlfriend, Megan Leighton, who serves as the secretary, and from Justin Evens, who helps out from time to time.
    Next month, Jones hopes to begin selling cleaners and eventually after-market parts and accessories for vehicles.
    Jones Detailing is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 551-0612 to make an appointment or for more information.

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    NATE JONES, owner of Jones Detailing in Fort Fairfield, washes a truck at his 110 Presque Isle Street, Suite 104 business. Customers can pull into the one-vehicle bay and have their vehicle hand washed. Jones also does a 30-minute quick detail, as well as a full detailing package. Next month, Jones hopes to begin selling cleaners and eventually after-market parts and accessories for vehicles.