In 1950, a man named Ernest Ellis started a car wash in Grand Rapids. There were no motorized brushes or automated sprays back then; instead, cars would drive through the building as staffers positioned along the route used steam guns, wash tanks, and hand mitts to wipe away dirt and Dewey for President fliers from automotive exteriors. After a name change, a panoply of new locations, and many upgrades to what was often the most cutting-edge wash technology in the country, today's Southland Auto Wash maintains its high-tech approach to cleaning with automated wash tunnels, in-depth detailing, and luxurious extras including its own signature tire protectant. This passion for meticulous care, along with the wash's extensive water-conservation projects, earned the sudsatorium a nod as Grand Rapids Magazine's Best Car Wash for more than 14 years straight.
The auto-body beautifiers at Absolute Perfection work to give sedans, motorcycles, trucks, SUVs, and vans a newfound shine and swagger through professional polishing and decontamination techniques. A full exterior cleaning treats issues like grease, tar, and sap, and acid-free wheel cleaner works to eradicate stains and produce a show-room gleam. After decontamination, techs apply a synthetic polymer for long-lasting protection. Seven different material-specific cleaners are used to safely clean leather and cloth upholstery, carpets, dash components, vents, cracks, and more.
The staff at AutoClean scours cars, boats, motorcycles, and RVs with an extensive slate of detailing services. They tend to both interiors and exteriors, shampooing carpets, cleaning vents, shining tires, and hand-waxing to bring paint to a shine. For rides in need of a small sprucing rather than an entire detailing service, they also offer their treatments a la carte.
With lube and service centers spread across America, Valvoline Instant Oil Change ensures that roads from coast to coast teem with automotive vigor. Certified technicians perform a roster of services, including drive-thru oil changes that allow motorists to arrive without an appointment and remain in their car while Valvoline oils forge a truce between metal parts.
Pennzoil’s rich raceway heritage spans decades, from its first appearance in the early 1930s lubricating the engine of Indy 500 driver Russell Snowberger to its recent use in 2007 Daytona 500–winner Kevin Harvick’s car. Whether on the track in the Sprint Cup Series or in a garage in the suburbs, car owners who lube their rides with Pennzoil motor oil benefit from a more than 100-year lineage that dates back to one of John D. Rockefeller's original companies. The velvety substance contains trademarked Hyper Cleansing Technology and Active Cleansing Agents, which help to purify the engine's components and ward off damage caused by gasoline byproducts such as soot, carbon, varnish, and sulfuric and nitric acid. Pennzoil’s many service stations dot terra firma from the Atlantic to the Pacific and feature friendly technicians who perform oil changes and replace parts gone missing after the neighbor’s metal-detector-club meetings.
From a single shop in Sturgis, Michigan, Auto-Lab has grown into a full-service franchise that cares for cars' every nook and cranny. Each location's ASE-certified technicians keep autos flourishing with regular maintenance check-ups, helping identify and stave off problems before they metastacize. These experts peer into the dark abyss under the hood, employing high-tech diagnostic tools to identify and repair computerized engine issues, and keep tabs on brakes before they seize up and stop you just as you're about to break the sound barrier. In addition, they guarantee all services for 12 months or up to 12,000 miles.