OUR HISTORY

Carcraft Auto Appearance Center is a full-service car wash and auto detailing company in Albany, Oregon.

Founded in 1976 by Gale Borde as a detail service on Ferry Ave., Carcraft has grown to include a full service car wash and Carcraft Chevron, which are all located on one city block in the heart of Albany. Gale's brother, Armand, joined the company in 1979, and the two have continued to build their company into the finest auto appearance facility in the mid-Willamette Valley. 

Gale and Armand purchased the old Hill Street Carwash at the corner of 9th & Hill Street in 1983, while continuing to run the detail center on Ferry Ave. In 1984, the Borde brothers purchased the entire lot at the corner of 9th & Hill, and built the exisiting detail center, while renovating the car wash. This put both of their businesses at the same location, and the current Carcraft Auto Appearance Center as it is known today was born. 

Carcraft has undergone several renovations over the years, with the most recent happening over the summer of 2012. During this time, the car wash was remodeled to include new equipment and brushes, as well as a touchless dryer. 

 

From their start in the 70s, Carcraft has been chosen by more local auto dealerships in the Albany, Corvallis and Lebanon areas to have their vehicles detailed than any other detaiing facility around. Also, since 1985, Carcraft has been the only car wash in the area to offer full service cleaning packages.

In 2001, Gale and Armand purchased the adjacent Chevron gasoline station, and renamed it Carcraft Chevron. This purchase was a "no-brainer" as it expanded the services that Carcraft could offer and provided a one-stop location for mid-Willamette Valley customers to fill up their tank and have their car washed. Additionally, in 2005, Gale and Armand purchased the Tom Tom Chevron Deli & Market at 321 Airport Rd. SE, in Albany.

 

Today, Carcraft has a staff of six full-time auto detailers as well as multiple staff in its car wash and at its Chevron stations. 

In April 2012, Gale's son, Ryan, joined the team at Carcraft as general manager. Ryan grew up working for his dad and uncle, but left in 2005 to pursue a Master's degree and to work in college athletics. After being gone for seven years, he has returned to provide the customers of the mid-Willamette Valley his expertise about the auto appearance industry.

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Where to Find Us:

Carcraft Auto Appearance Center

1005 9th Ave SE
Albany, OR 97322 

 

Phone: 541-928-3394

Email: info@carcraftalbany.com

 

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Business Hours

DETAIL CENTER

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Some weekend appointments are available

 

CAR WASH

Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

(Please read below about our full service services and when they are offered)

 

* Car wash hours subject to change due to weather conditions

* Full service packages are only available Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.