Ankeny Auto Spa’s cleaning technicians rescue paint jobs from the clutches of road grime, scrubbing the nooks and crannies of cars with environmentally safe products. Automotive rescuers begin the Express Elite treatment with a trifoam bath and conditioning service to make colored coats shine. Next, four-wheeled horses get an undercarriage and tire scour. For top-to-bottom hygiene, a soothing wax swirls across hoods, followed by a clear-coat protectant to shield motor buggies from bugs, rocks, or other pernicious vehicle pests. A warm blow-dry removes the majority of water before a detailed towel dry leaves a streak-free sheen bereft of any lingering moisture. Finally, rubber toes receive a coat of rim cleaner, ensuring that their gleam can be seen by impressed airplane passengers. The treatment lasts 7–10 minutes, the average time it takes to smash an apple with a copy of José Canseco’s autobiography.
A & A Auto Detailing founder Almir Smailbegovic welcomes vehicles into his own home by appointment. After familiarizing himself with each smudge and dusty nook, he sets about recreating the scent, look, and chrome-plated umbilical cord of a brand-new car. For interiors, he and his team employ shampoos, power washers, and a specialized vacuum for removing debris from crevices. They dress tires and wax exteriors to a sleek shine. Clients can remain in their own homes thanks to a pickup and drop-off service for nearby automobiles.
Exec 1 Aviation's professional flight instructors lead discovery flights, which take prospective aviators to the cloud kingdom to show the thrill and ease of flying a plane. Over the course of the one-hour discovery flight, prodigal pilots will experience the thrill of liftoff without the time investment in flight academy or the empty promises of moon shoes. The air chariot is a Cessna 172 two-seater aircraft with bench seating in the back, good for up to two additional passengers or one looking to take a high-altitude snoozer. Fliers who want the view without the responsibility can opt to have their instructor take the helm. With this mini flight school, aviation junkies curious about earning their wings can take the first step, and those just giddy about gliding with cloud goats can achieve the experience with the throttle in their hands.
With more than 40 years of experience, the salesmen and mechanics at NB Golf Cars know their way around all kinds of off-road sports, trail, and utility vehicles. In addition to packing their showrooms with the latest commercial and industrial models, they also keep owners motoring smoothly with thorough inspections, tune-ups, and repair services.
Precision Window Tint's factory-trained technicians have spent more than two decades garbing the windows of vehicles, homes, and businesses with privacy-enhancing films. After scheduling an appointment over the phone or via a pigeon-delivered letter, customers can roll their rides into the shop, where specialists will carefully apply Jet-type automotive tints to two, three, or five windows. The multilayered film features four darkness options—5%, 15%, 35%, and 50%—and a three-year warranty.
Each year, Acura presents the Dealership of Distinction award to its best dealerships throughout the country. Acura of Johnston was one of the dealerships recognized in 2012. Its parking lot is lined with new and certified preowned vehicles, and its work bays bustle with trained auto technicians who perform maintenance and repair work such as oil changes and details. Acura of Johnston backs its repairs with a three-year, 50,000-mile warranty, which means drivers have a chance at the coveted Indy 500 three-peat.
The ASE-certified technicians at O'Brien's Auto Repair—a Napa AutoCare Center⎯facilitate maximum mileage with vital maintenance services in its Des Moines and Urbandale locations. Mechanics initiate 41-point inspections, scoping out key components to ensure all systems are running safely and smoothly, and perform preventive and regular maintenance such as brake-pad replacement and radiator flushes. Fresh oils such as 5W-30 and 5W-20 replace their worn-out predecessors during oil changes, as techs screw on new filters to stand in for old, crusty filters or clogged cheesecloths. Cozy, sunny waiting areas invite drivers to relax with cups of coffee as their cars cavort with mechanics.