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In Memoriam - Greg Dowell of Donnie’s Car Wash

Greg Dowell stood on the side of the washing bay at his brand-spanking-new business, Donnie’s Car Wash. The facility had just opened in late May, and, doing a quality-control check, he watched as a Jeep received a healthy dose of soap from the sprinklers. “The water pressure looks great,” he said, nodding in approval. “My goal is to make sure it’s always working.” As many locals know, for the past few years the options for washing their Keys cruisers have been slim to none and included an often-broken-down gas station system. Or we could always go to the mainland for a wash — but who wants to do that? Recognizing the gap in the marketplace — and realizing he was bored in retirement — Dowell decided to open up his own business on the site of the old car wash and laundromat at MM 100. But, after signing the lease, he discovered that the drainage was not up to his standards. “The water would drain down into a tiny bore hole in the coral that was this size,” he said, holding his hands about six inches apart. A perfectionist, he wanted to prevent any chance of flooding and of the system breaking down. And this is not Dowell’s first wash-rinse-and-repeat business — he owned the laundromat at MM 99 for 16 years before selling it a couple years back, so he knew exactly how to address the car wash’s drainage issues. He sprang into action, working closely with the wastewater and electric utilities to create what is, effectively, his own mini sewer system and power station for the facility, at considerable personal expense. But he doesn’t mind — he wants to provide the best possible experience. 

At any time of day, customers can pull up to the terminal, pay for the type of wash they want, then roll into the bay. Options include an express wash and a “Touch Free” cleaning for those who are worried about scratching a delicate paint job. The Mark VII ChoiceWash XT® provides both of these options. And so far, so good. “We had 36 cars come through one day last week,” he said. “The goal is 100 a day.” Another goal is to install another washing bay next to the current one, to serve as many cars as possible. Eventually, he’d like to put in a food truck on site to serve café con leches and pastries. Dowell is proud of Donnie’s Car Wash, which is named after his beloved father, who passed away a few years ago. “It’s an automatic system, and we are open 24/7,” he said, smiling. “It’s the dream of every businessperson to make money while you sleep and have no employees.” 

Greg unfortunately unexpectedly passed away after this interview on June 13, 2023. Greg was a valued customer of Mark VII Equipment and he will be greatly missed. In his memory, you can still visit Donnie’s Car Wash, which is located at 100101 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, oceanside. Wash options range from $9 to $19. For more information, visit


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