In the prosperous 1950s, Americans used to simply order new vehicles when their old ones got dirty, which proved to be exhausting for the car stork. Give mythical, auto-laden birds a break with today’s Groupon: for $98, you get an auto detail, with exterior hand wash (a $20–$35 value) and interior detailing (a $109–$150 value), and inspection (a $70 value) at Apex Autosports in Grafton (up to a $255 total value). Groupon customers also get 25% off labor for same-day services.
Helmed by a pair of local muscle-car enthusiasts, Apex Autosports restores freshly minted speedsters and tottering jalopies alike to their pinnacles of performance and aesthetics with a full range of services. During the 3–4-hour detailing, the Apex crew meticulously removes built-up grime and clouds of chrome-eating bats from every fender nook and door cranny with an exterior hand wash. Next, an interior detailing shampoos carpets and de-gunks surfaces so that moss-covered dashboards are once again distinguishable from fuzzy dice. To keep cars from falling apart during daily jaunts to the pet store for more whale food, an Apex mechanic will subject steel steeds to an exacting mechanical inspection that identifies issues before they pupate into problems. For optimal service, Apex recommends that customers drop off grungy autos the night before so technicians can start work immediately at 7 a.m. the next day.