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.
Detailers run soft chamois cloths across car surfaces, soaking up droplets left by Car Bright Detail’s hand wash. The auto-detailing experts know which services are best rendered by hand, and which with the aid of machines. Mechanical buffing and polishing, for example, gives exteriors a glossy finish without having to get out at every light to spray the car with water, but wax gets applied by hand to ensure complete and even coverage.
The car shiners at Auto Bathouse's original and new Butler Street locations leave no stone unturned with bumper-to-bumper cleaning services and top-brand oil changes. While the Lawrenceville location was formerly known as the Unique Auto Wash, the business still showers cars with a soft-cloth wash, heated blow dryers and a climate-controlled towel-drying area to keep teeth and grills from chattering. Select detailing services at the Monroeville location 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.
James Seekford—proprietor of his nicknamesake auto repair shop Jimmy’s On-It Automotive—started working on cars in high school. He polished his craft over the ensuing years, continually expanding his engine-whisperer fluency while working at a pair of independent repair shops. Seekford struck out on his own in 2007, and today forwards his 12 years of collective experience to a full range of services for foreign cars and domestic trucks. Jimmy’s specialties represent a full range of automotive acumen, including maintenance and emissions testing, electrical diagnostics, and computer-system repair.
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 underbody spray, clear coat protectant, and biodegradable soaps and waxes.
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).
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.