A car wash in Ontario, Canada claims it will be the first in North America to switch to a smartphone only payment system when it eventually ditches cash and coins in favor of a more modern approach. The Cambridge Times reports that Valet Car Wash in Cambridge is making the move in the hopes of attracting Millenials. The move goes into effect tomorrow.
“The coin-operated machines have been in place for 50 years, but these days people don’t carry around cash like their grandparents did,” Valet Car Wash owner Mike Black said. “All they carry now is a cellphone and a debit card.”
The new system will have customers use their phones to scan a QR code unique to each bay at the car wash. After a few steps, the car wash bay will turn on for the customer’s use. At the end of the wash, customers will be sent a digital receipt.
The switch comes about one year after owner Mike Black said his coin machine was broken into. No one was arrested. The hope is that the switch could deter some crime. In the meantime though, customers who prefer to use the traditional payment methods can buy car wash coins at a machine using cash or credit and debit cards. For more on the new system, visit the Cambridge Times.