A business has to have something special to survive for more than half a century. For Mr. Magic Car Wash, perhaps that thing is a signature blend of nine cleaning solutions that work together to cut through tough road grease and leave vehicles with a glimmering luster. Or perhaps it’s the business's attention to detail, manifested in its soft-cloth hand washes. Either way Mr. Magic has not only survived the passing decades and the end of the DeLorean, it has thrived and expanded, now boasting five Pittsburgh-area locations. Even when sending cars through the automated car-wash tunnel for a quick rinse, Mr. Magic keeps auto owners' interests in mind, spraying fiberglass surfaces with only fresh water and drying them to a spot-free shine with hot air. Extra services, such as underbody flushes and interior and exterior detailing, help enhance each wash, and coats of Magic Repel surface protectant deflect new smudges and wizard spells.
Whether for aesthetic reasons or to preserve and protect the paint, most car owners know they need to keep their ride clean. Yet, the lifeline of the car—the engine—doesn’t always receive that same respect. As dirt and mud cake onto it, combustion fails to escape and the car can easily overheat. That’s where an autopsy at Auto Asylum Car Care Center can, ironically, save a vehicle's life. The team begins with a comprehensive interior and exterior detail—complete with a clay-bar treatment, buff, and interior shampoo—before popping open the hood and treating the engine to a full degreasing and dressing.
Though the Autopsy treatment is Auto Asylum Car Care Center’s most comprehensive service, the team doesn’t turn its collective cheek on swifter arrangements. They dole out seven other packages, from a basic exterior wash to a Crazy Clean full detail that not only washes rides, but also puts unruly carpoolers in straightjackets.
For the staff at Double Take Auto Detailing, maintaining a vehicle's appearance is just as important as changing its oil or feeding the tiny horses that live in its engine. That's why techs can shine up cars with three levels of auto detailing—Silver, Gold, and Platinum. All packages begin with a hand wash for the vehicle's exterior and to clean away dust and grime. Once cars put away their bath toys, the staff can perform more heavy-duty aesthetic services, including tinting windows and repairing minor dings by using a process that maintains the original paint job.
The Pittsburgh Tour Company's guides cart guests around on classic red double-decker buses straight out of London. These experienced guides divulge interesting factoids along the tour's 21 stops, which include a fish market, Heinz Field, and the city’s depository of old chewing gum that has been scraped off school desks. The company's fleet of four buses offers up the chance to view the city from the second story of closed or open bus tops.
At LaserWash TouchFree CarWash, attendants don't soap up your car—instead, the cleans are administered by scrupulous touch-free automatic bays, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Drivers simply drive inside and follow easy-to-read signs to receive their mechanized pressure washes, which include an underbody spray, a clear coat protectant, and biodegradable soaps and waxes.
Searching for parking spots downtown can lead to frustration and dangerous driving conditions due to tear-slicked steering wheels. Bypass the nuisances of no-parking zones, fire hydrants, and meters with your month and a half of surefire parking. Use your premium parking position to stroll the short, three-minute walk between the lot and the new Consol Energy Center on game days for the Penguins' upcoming season, park close to work, or enjoy a romantic dinner in the front seat of your car. Parking is subject to availability and is based on a first-come, first-parked service.
The ASE-certified technicians at Pons Auto Body & Service prepare vehicles to start, run, and roll smoothly during the harsh winter weather. To start off the inclusive package, staffers pump mechanical bellies free of their used engine goo to replenish them with up to 4 quarts of fresh conventional oil and a new oil filter. Mechanics then drain the coolant system of its weathered fluids, flush out built-up residue, and serve it a 2-gallon helping of new coolant brewed from ground-up thermoses.
Miley BP Car Wash cleans up horseless chariots' soiled exteriors with speedy soft-cloth washing, polishing, waxing, and drying. During the 10-minute ultimate wash, Miley's mechanical arms prep vehicles for a double soft-cloth wash and a foamy polish wax with a dirt-busting pre-soak and machine-to-machine pep talk. Clear-coat protectant is also included to safeguard paint and keep it looking glossy, like a glamour photo trapped in amber.
Technicians at Safe and Sound's two locations equip cars for warm winter commutes with remote starter systems. Boasting an operating range of up to 800 feet, the button-activated system allows customers to vivify their engines from the comfort of their kitchen, office, or tanning bed, eluding the discomfort of a cold car by taking the wheel of pre-toasted ride. After the adept installation process, drivers are handed one remote keypad to control their car from afar. Some vehicles may require bypass, integration modules, or post-procedure lollipops at additional costs.
Buggies get burnished at 5th Avenue Professional Detailing using state-of-the-art equipment and a deft human touch. A hand wash and dry evicts large-scale gunk before 5th Avenue’s technicians turn their attention to the nitty-gritty. Bug and tar removal, an engine-bay detail, and a clay-bar treatment produce inner and outer beauty, while minor paint correction and a full-vehicle buff wipe away grass stains from cross-country tag games. A high-speed application of a 5th Avenue–exclusive aerospace wax is then followed by an application of clear-coat conditioner.
• For $49, you get an exterior detailing (a $150 value). • For $99, you get a complete detailing (a $250 value).
The car shiners at Auto Bathouse leave no stone unturned with bumper-to-bumper cleaning services and top-brand oil changes. After a soft-cloth car wash, heated blow dryers and a climate-controlled towel-drying area keep teeth and grills from chattering. Select detailing services take more invasive measures such as engine degreasing, carpet steaming, and odor removal. Aesthetic upgrades spiff up auto bodies with paint sealants and chip repairs that fend off road debris, as well as window tints and carpet dye jobs that cover up graying fibers and keep aging autos feeling youthful. To keep clean cars from becoming mere driveway ornaments, techs keep pistons whirring with oil changes from brands such as Castrol and Pennzoil.
Originally founded in 1959 by Kurt Ziebart as Ziebart International Corp., Ziebart has morphed from an auto-rust-prevention outfit into a full-service auto accessory and detail shop that has cropped up at some 400 locations in 30 countries. Performing everything from window tinting and professional detailing to electronics installation, Ziebart's experienced staff cares for cars with high-end products, including seasonal paint protectant and the company’s renowned rust inhibitors. To protect cars inside and out, Ziebart technicians also install accouterments such as alarm systems to thwart thieves and sunroofs to thwart unflattering film negatives from processing correctly (services may vary by location).
Sudz Brew Thru – Car Wash – Detail Center takes in dirty cars and sends drivers home with bottles of craft beers.
Drivers pull into the main driveway, which is lined with a large beer menu that spans from Coors Light to Dogfish Head and Magic Hat. After checking drivers’ I.D.’s or counting the rings around their cores, staffers tuck their cases of beer into the trunk. Rides then roll on to the automatic car wash, whose brushless system avoids scratches and sloughs off dirt with premium solvents.
Sudz’s detail center de-greases engines, steam-cleans carpets, and waxes paint to a brilliant shine.
412 Motoring maintains a stock of wheels, grilles, and other luxury accessories that help clients add personality to their cars, trucks, and SUVs. Drivers can infuse extra "me" into their rides by swapping factory parts for after-market Lexani wheels and grills. Interiors transform to match drivers' tastes after technicians outfit cabins with new upholstery, stereo systems, or headliners. The staff can also install accessories to make life easier, such as remote car starters that crank vehicles without the need to turn a key or fill a bucket of cold water to wake up sleeping engines.