FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- The Fort Rucker community will soon have a new way to keep its vehicles looking like new when the new automatic car wash opens near the automotive skills center on post Jan. 20.

The Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new car wash at 11 a.m., after which the facility will be opened for use by the public, says Janice Erdlitz, DFMWR Marketing Director.

The new facility comes about after Soldiers and Family members expressed high interest in an automatic car wash, according to Erdlitz.

"The new automatic car wash facility is expected to be a very well received addition to the services the Auto Skills Center provides," said Erdlitz.

The automatic car wash utilizes the "SoftTouch Plus" system, which is a foam material that glosses, shines and polishes a vehicle's exterior, providing a gentle yet complete wash. The system also features a high-pressure rinse, high-pressure rock panel and tire cleaner, high-pressure undercarriage wash, a multi-colored foamer and an enhanced presoak system.

The automatic car wash is safe for vehicles of all sizes and paint jobs, but everyone using the new facility uses it at their own discretion, says Aida Diaz-Carter, a business manager with DFMWR.

In addition to the automatic car wash, the facility also offers two self-wash bays, vacuums and air freshener spray machines.

Once fully operational, the car wash will be open 24 hours a day. Prices for services at the new car wash vary and are payable by cash, coins, and credit and debit cards.

For more on the car wash, call 255-9725.