Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
Automotive Alliance specializes in scratch and dent repair and auto detailing, and the company has been tapped by car dealerships and rental-car companies for its exceptional work. But you don’t need a whole fleet of cars to benefit from its services. The technicians offer paint touchups and repairs for bumpers, windshields, and minor dents for individual car owners looking to enhance their ride’s image or increase its resale value should they decide to sell or trade it for a horse. But damage isn’t the only thing they address: detailers tackle blemishes, stains, and smudges with hand waxes, buffers, and shampoos to reinstate vehicles' glossy showroom look.
If your shady parking spot rests beneath bird-filled trees, or someone scrawled carpetbagger into the inch of dirt on your car window, Autawash Car Wash and Detail Center can give your vehicle its original off-the-lot shine. With today's Groupon, you'll get a Full-Service Wheel Express Car Wash and your choice of one express detail service for $24 (a $45 value). This Groupon isn't just great for sprucing up your own car, it also makes the perfect passive-aggressive gift for your dirty carpool driver or the perfect aggressive gift should you "borrow" your carpooler's car and then return it cleaned. Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
So established is Circle K that even brand-new vehicles recognize what its red-and-white logo stands for—fuel, snacks, and everything else a car might need to keep powering down the road with its driver. Circle K's story starts back in 1951, when Fred Hervey bought three Kay's Food Stores in El Paso, Texas. Under his guidance, these three little shops grew into the more than 3,000 convenience stores that crouch on our nation's street corners today.
After rolling up to a Circle K, drivers can pump their faithful roadsters full of high-octane fuel and send them skipping through a car wash to experience the cleansing touch of Blue Coral Beyond Green and Rain-X products. Then it's time to step inside the air-conditioned shop for a peek at the provisions. Rows of sodas hibernate behind glass doors, and snacks, candy, and their ATM guardians stand boldly out in the open. Some Circle Ks also offer the Take Away Café, which presents an appetizing lineup of healthy road fare including Ball Park hot dogs. Drivers can gear up for a long drive with Premium Coffees or enjoy a cold Polar Pop, whose specially formulated cup keeps drinks colder thanks to the family of tiny snowmen trapped in its foam walls.
4 Seasons Full Service Car Wash & Detail Center abides by a simple idea: if you clean and protect your car, it'll live longer. To that end, they provide a variety of wash and detail services, keeping a close eye on the products they use, knowing the impact they can have on a car's paint job and interior surfaces. For example, they carry well-respected products such as Rain-X and use an ozone system to treat their water and kill any bacteria hiding in it. Some detail packages include power polishing, three-step buffing, and carpet shampooing, services targeted to vehicles that need extra attention. In addition, the center carries 3M window films, which technicians can install to provide car owners more privacy when they're driving or hiding from the haunted marionettes inside their garage.