Knock it off Tui!
Starting out with just a few cleaning supplies and a cheap $36 vacuum soon after Covid19 closed the popular car wash where he was a supervisor responsible for quality control, Michael Hosking, a man many of you know as the kiwi from the car wash, is fast becoming a household name in the community for his positive energy, sense of humor and high attention to detail.
Despite many challenges over the last 3 years, Michael has been working tirelessly building his brand, investing, and then reinvesting into the company, upgrading equipment, fine tuning techniques and developing structure.
Building an empire during a pandemic, trying to market yourself to a community, battle weary from months of social distancing and a new world of which many of us are still coming to terms with, has made Michael's first few years in business interesting to say the very least.
Still, this Kiwi, from a popular Redwood City car wash he chooses not to name specifically because he doesn't particularly want to be sued, pushes on, more determined than ever... and with your support.
Perhaps for others in the industry, auto detailing is seen as a cash-cow, there to be milked, with emphasis being more on speed and high customer turnover than quality.
For Michael, detailing is a passion. Motivated primarily by the satisfaction he gets on completion of any given project, Michael becomes invested in the quality of his work. For the duration of the project, Michael gives your vehicle the same level of dedication and commitment he would his own vehicle.
His love and appreciation for this fantastic opportunity, made possible by what has now become a long list of satisfied (to put it lightly) clients, becomes very apparent when you see him in action.
Coming from a background as a qualified house painter with some 15 years experience, Michael discovered he had a lot of transferrable skills he could apply to detailing...
...and with outstanding results!!
Given the associated health risks of Covid19, it's important we all limit our physical interactions with each other.
With that in mind, Michael's service comes to you, often with no physical interaction what-so-ever.
Simply provide a source of electricity for him to use, then go on about your day. He'll let you know when it's finished.
Due to the severe and ongoing drought, we have implemented a scratch-free water-less wash technique using soap agents, polymers & ceramic sealants, and consider ourselves "Minimal Use"
In rare cases, Michael may ask that you bring your vehicle to him. This is almost always due to safety concerns around traffic at your location, or the neighborhood you live in.
To make things as smooth as possible for both you (the client) and Michael (The Kiwi), we ask the following..
Large Pick-ups, 3rd row SUV, Minivan priced accordingly, but in most cases are only an additional $25
- Water-less Wash
- Hand application of Ceramic Hybrid Sealant
- Wheels cleaned and tires dressed
- Plastic trim treated with protectant
- Deep cleaning of all interior surfaces including seats, carpets, floor mats etc.
- Windows (inside and out)
- Application of high quality leather/vinyl conditioner to Doors, Dash & Console, Seats (if Applicable)
- Optional air freshener (coming soon)
- Comes with complimentary exterior wash service
- Water-less Wash
- Clay Bar
- Paint Correction (where possible)
- Surface decontamination
- Hand Application of SiO2-Rich Ceramic Hybrid Sealant (replaces waxing for superior durability and longevity)
- Wheels Cleaned / Tires Dressed
- Exterior Trim Dressed With Protectant
Combine Interior & Exterior Detail for the Fantastic Price of Just $300
Book 2 Complete Details For The Same Day And Save Over $100.
Please Note: This Service Requires A Deposit of 10% Which Will Be Deducted From Your Total On Completion.
By Booking This Service, You Agree to The Above Terms & Conditions
Book 2 Exterior Details For The Same Day And Save Over $100.
Headlights restored to the best of our ability (results can vary depending on age/condition)
Using a high lubricating formulation of soap agents & polymers which Michael spices up with ceramic sealants, your vehicle is carefully cleaned, scratch free and without the use of our most precious resource - Water.
With the addition of ceramic sealants, each wash boosts your ceramic coating, allowing Michael to now guarantee (After your exterior detail) you will not need another exterior detail for the life of the vehicle, provided you commit to Waterless washes once a month.
- Waterless Wash
- Wheels Cleaned & Tires Dressed
- Exterior Protectant Applied To Trim ($5 extra)
Large Pick-ups, 3rd row SUV, Vans, RV and small passenger air craft priced accordingly
The Voice Of Reason
Please Understand Every Aspect Of This Company, Including All Marketing & The Construction Of This Website, Is Done By Just One Flightless Bird (Wearing Many Many Hats)
Michael has always advocated the privacy rights of the Individual.
In the interest of building healthy relationships, the information you share with us through our website is only used by Michael for the sole purpose of coordinating bookings.
We also appreciate your need for privacy while we are at your home or workplace. Rest assured, Michael considers his entire experience with you as strictly confidential unless otherwise stated by you.
Available in Interior, Exterior, Complete Detail & 2 X Complete Detail, these give your loved ones a head start on a clean new life
At just $200 even, this complete detail gift voucher is the bargain of the century.
Remind Michael to Fire Michael from Our Sales Department over this blunder
Purchases through the website coming soon
The majority of the products we use are from Meguiar's 'Ultimate' range, Chemical Guys & Adams Garage professional line of detailing products.
Michael over in our research and development department recently made an interesting discovery about chemical compatibility while unsuccessfully trying to reverse engineer Migliore's 9H Strata Coating
Shortly after this question was asked, Mr Woobie & his Kiwi went AWOL, presumably in search of the San Francisco Bay where a Yubbler like Woobie and Kiwi like Michael would be welcome.
NO - The Ceramic Hybrid Sealant is included in both the Exterior Detail & Complete Detail
Michael recently had his beating heart ripped from chest and stomped on. So no, apparently he's single. He's open to something casual.
Spare time? Although fairly well educated, Michael appears unfamiliar with this concept. He remembers a time when he would enjoy hiking and taking photos. He also has a passion for electronic music, and has converted part of his living quarters into a studio where his mixer and turntables gather dust. People did always joke about his height saying he should be a jockey, so that's what he did... became a disc jockey. Rumor has it the flightless bird is also an artist, but your guess is as good as ours how he goes with those stubby little wings.
Whenever we have jobs within a mile or so of the office, Michael likes to load up the detailing cart (pictured below) and roll it around the community.
It's good exercise. It's a great way to meet people in the community and often leads to new projects. Plus, it has excellent mileage (haha).
The downside: Michael is frequently mistaken for being homeless. People incorrectly, yet understandably conclude Man + Cart = Living on the street. As we've mentioned, it's understandable people would conclude that, given how unlikely it is the community has ever had a company quite like ours and an ambitious young go-getter like Michael rolling around with everything he needs to detail an entire fleet of cars.
The problem, however, is not the mistaken identity, but the way many people are treating Michael when they think he is homeless.
An earlier version of this section of the website drew so much criticism, including a barrage of abusive and somewhat threatening phone calls, we felt (at the time) it was in the interests of the company to remove the content from the page
Several weeks and countless hours agonizing over how to tell Michael's story without alienating a large portion of our potential client base, while still emphasizing the treatment of people living on the street, we are making the content available here today
Please consider how Michael was feeling at the time he documented these events. This has not been easy for him.
Thankfully, Michael DOES NOT live on the street, and after a long, often exhausting day, he has the luxury of hot food and a warm bed waiting for him in the phenomenally over-priced house he rents.
But in 2019, more than 151,000 Californians — more than 27% of the nation’s total homeless population — according to the state Legislative Analyst’s Office. The number of people living on the streets, in cars or in shelters has been rising and is expected to increase even more as people who were laid off due to COVID-19 lose their unemployment benefits.
Thanks to all of you, The Kiwi From the Car Wash is a growing business, and we’d like to give back to our community by helping the least fortunate among us. From now through the end of the year, we’ll be donating 10% of the revenue from all Complete Detail packages to Street Life Ministries, a local charity who focus on the needs of people living on the street.
To learn more about how they're helping our least fortunate in the community, please visit their website
Update: Promotion is Officially Closed
Total Raised: $966
Can people please stop leaving aluminum cans and loose change on Michael's detailing cart? It really ruffles his feathers, His short, flightless feathers,
For local jobs, this makes both marketing and economical sense. Perpetually evolving, the cart hopes to eventually become a fleet of Ford vans, and it will.
After The Upgrade, but Before Michael tipped it over on Santa Cruz Ave .
This is how the cart (Officially Named Mr WooBie The Yubbler) looks now
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Thanks for not spreading jelousy fueled, uneducated speculation around town!!,,
Driven Completely Freakin' Bonkers By Y'all Gossip
The information Michael gains access to is simply how many website visits on any given day.
By proceeding, you agree to do so with an open mind, and are welcoming to new and exciting ideas