Family-operated in South Hills, Pittsburgh

20 years of Car Wash Excellence

“Achieving the current level of perfection took many years of being obsessed with quality and customer service. This is our ongoing journey and we’re honored to have you along for the ride!” – The Platz Family

Cars in line for car wash

we believe that providing quality care for a vehicle helps improve your quality of life, resale value and safety

The story has it that one of the brothers of Eat’n Park Corporation was an engineer and was fascinated with car washes, so he set out to build one of the most advanced wash services in the nation, right here in the South Hills area of Pittsburgh. He traveled the country, learning about the very best, and then created his design utilizing all of the era’s best technology. His design was so advanced that it was featured on the cover of several car wash publications and began to receive national recognition. It even had water conservation equipment, 40 years ahead of its time. Glass block windows let in natural light and exemplified a structure that spared no expense or attention to quality. The building was beautifully landscaped and featured a large S-shaped driveway for selling gasoline at $0.29 cents per gallon.

Continuing Excellence

Eventually the gasoline pumps gave way to convenience store trends, and now a Monro auto repair facility sits in their place. The car wash endured, though, and has become The Shining Star. It was redesigned in 2003, but still follows the principles of its original creator and his obsession with the finest equipment and his commitment to the environment. Today, car wash operators from three states travel to Pittsburgh to tour and learn about how our smart wash technology and eco friendly chemistry work together to optimize quality and performance and help us continue to reign as the best car wash in Pittsburgh.

Touchless Versus Smart Wash

The touchless car wash was an idea that never evolved into good cleaning over 20 years ago.  Many touchless car washes use caustic acid chemicals to clean your vehicle, and these can cause damage to your automobile.  Touch free sounds safe but they just don’t clean deeply and that’s why you don’t see them everywhere.

An Interesting Extra Fact

For almost 20 years, car dealerships have trusted us with washing their brand new vehicles to complete their lot prep for sale.

How To Navigate Our Site

Our Home page offers information about who we are, what we do and how we do it.

Our About Us page, you’re here! goes a little deeper into about our distinct competencies and years of service being a family-owned and operated business!

Our Smart Wash Technology page is for the geeks in all us, just in case you ever wondered what goes on in the wash tunnel while you’re moving through. 

Our Refer Friends page is a membership add-on that you can easily navigate through, adding a friend on for a smart wash and giving yourself a free benefit at the same time.

Our Auto Care page is our blog. Check it out and you’ll be amazed at the cool and useful information you can learn about auto care and performance!

Our Terms and Conditions page is just our wanting to address any of your concerns while being completely transparent.

and Our Contact Us page is where you can fill out a simple form to contact us about anything! 

Thank you for visiting Shining Star Car Wash!  

We Work Hard To Not Be
"Just a Car Wash"

It makes a Difference

Staying family-owned AND operated matters and our staff is like our extended family.

We Are As We Advertise

We can't be a "Smart" wash without committing to ongoing investments.

Good Things Happen From Quality Auto Care

We witness all of the positive energy at the wash everyday.