Client Profile: Prime Car Wash

When Chris Galloway co-founded Prime Car Wash in 2012, he was far from the car wash industry. He was in the midst of his chiropractic career at ProWellness Chiropractic in Fishers.

Galloway co-founded the practice in 2008 with fellow chiropractor Robert Hatfield. When one of their patients, Brent Oakley, brought up the idea of creating a higher-end, full-service car wash, Galloway and Hatfield looked into it and became intrigued. They saw a gap in Indy’s full-service car wash market and grew eager to fill it after discovering the successful financial records of such a car wash in Baltimore, Maryland. Galloway and Hatfield joined forces with Oakley to create what eventually became Prime Car Wash.

The business stands out from the competition by offering express detailing, cleaning every inch of the car within 30 minutes. From removing scuff marks on the outside to shampooing the carpets inside, Prime Car Wash makes vehicles look brand new. Better yet, it has an in-house café where customers can sip coffee and surf the internet while they wait.

Since the first Indianapolis location opened in 2012, Prime Car Wash has opened three more locations in the state along with one in Florida.

As the business grew, Galloway and Hatfield decided to dedicate more of their time to it. They sold their chiropractic practice in 2015.

Galloway took on all financial responsibilities at Prime Car Wash.

“This job aligns with my personality more,” he said. “I’m very math-oriented and like working with numbers, so it allows me to focus on what my brain seems built to do.”

However, given his largely medical background, Galloway finds himself needing help navigating through the financial field. This is why he values Prime Car Wash’s relationship with Sponsel CPA Group, as the accounting firm took the majority of financial responsibilities off his back. This leaves him with more free time to manage his team and Prime Car Wash’s lending relationships as well as time to grow the business.

“They understand our complex financial structure,” he said. “And they understand the individuals in our business as well.”

In addition to providing financial management, tax consultation and audit and assurance services, Sponsel brings a personal touch that Galloway appreciates.

“They’re great people, first and foremost,” he said. “They’re incredibly responsive, always getting back to us right away. I always feel supported and like our business is in good hands.”

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