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By Jamie Stewart
The Shafter Press 

Mobile car detailer has developed the Midas touch


Last updated 9/2/2020 at 3:41am | View PDF

Jamie Stewart | The Shafter Press

Victor Gonzalez is fully equipped to make house calls.

For Shafter residents who want to give their vehicle a thorough cleaning, it usually means a trip into Bakersfield, or a long two hours in the sweltering heat to do it yourself, battling the weather and the bugs.

Fortunately, there is a better alternative, with a full cleaning and detail just a phone call away.

The Midas Touch Mobile Car Wash is open seven days a week, offering a variety of levels of service, depending on your needs.

Victor Gonzales started his business about four years ago, growing it into a thriving enterprise.

Gonzales grew up in Shafter and spent years toiling in the fields, working hard for himself and his family. He always enjoyed washing his own vehicles, appreciating the time doing it and the challenge of creating a great wash.

His friends commented on the good job he always did on his car and asked him to wash theirs. Word spread and before long, Gonzalez was in a position to make the leap and equip himself to do it as an occupation. Geared up with a trailer, portable water container, pressure washer,and other necessary equipment, he now makes his living offering customers a great cleaning.

He washes any type of vehicle, be it a small sedan, a pickup, or a big rig. Gonzales said he prides himself on washing anything the customer drives. "I would detail a train if they wanted me to," commented Gonzalez, giving a wry smile, as with Gonzalez's reputation for hard work, he may not have been joking.

Jamie Stewart | The Shafter Press

Victor Gonzalez offers detailing services, inside and out.

Gonzalez said he has lived in Shafter all his life and loves the city, the people, and the sense of community Shafter has. "I just love everything about Shafter."

If you are interested in getting your vehicle done by Midas Touch, he does require one-day advance notice to schedule your appointment. Prices depend on the size of the vehicle and what kind of detail you want. "I can do everything from a straight wash job, to a detail inside and out," he said.

Gonzalez said business is still very good despite the pandemic, but the details may be a little different."I am getting quite a few customers who are wanting their vehicles detailed and disinfected, which we do offer, no problem," he said.

So, the next time you are dreading going a couple of rounds with the soap bucket, hose and heat, just call the man who really has that Midas Touch.


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