Custom Factory Installations' technicians don't see vehicles as they are, but as what they can become. This is because for more than 25 years they have outfitted cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, and RVs with after-market upgrades that enrich each owner's driving experience. Their basic remote-start systems enable drivers to turn on their autos from up to 1,000 feet away. As electronic auto specialists, the technicians can also provide and install anything from audio and video systems, security, and navigation devices to LED/HID lighting, window tinting, and electronic diagnosis.
Wilhelm Schafer opened his small auto-repair garage in 1954. In the decades since, he and his team of ASE master technicians have expanded the business to a state-of-the art seven-bay shop equipped to maintain and repair vehicles of any make. The maintenance team’s repertoire includes Pennsylvania state and emission inspections, advanced diagnostics, and powertrain teardown and replacement. In the event of emergencies, the team also provides 24-hour flatbed towing.
Race Track Auto Spa & Lube uses a soft-touch cleaning system to gently restore cars to their natural states of sparkle. During "The Works" washes ($20 each), high-speed matter transporters receive triple foam soapings, hand-towel pat downs and polishings, and clear coats of protective wax to seal in freshness. Floors and seats are vacuumed, the dashboard is wiped, windows are cleaned and defogged, and doorjambs are cleared of dirt and actual jam. Each wash includes an undercarriage wash and wheel treatment. Drivers on the go can pamper loyal speed wagons with an express wax, completed in 30 minutes or less ($29.95), with an added Rain-X windshield treatment ($5), which breaks up hostile sheets of precipitation into manageable, bite-sized water beads.
Blow-drying is a staple at salons, but at Black Tie Auto Detailing, the pampering salon treatment is reserved for your car. After meticulous hand washes—which include tire dressing, window cleaning, and even interior vacuuming—technicians blow-dry exteriors, then rub them down with scratch-free chamois cloths. The detailing company’s team also specializes in high-end and classic cars, and blow-drying is just one of the luxury treatments they use to beautify them and other vehicles; they also steam-clean upholstery and rub down exteriors with clay bars, rather than with massages that would be entirely lost on the vehicles.
Penn Scooters’ electric vehicles zip riders along the streets and alleyways of Philadelphia, offering an up-close perspective on the city. As riders cruise by the city’s myriad historical attractions, they can take comfort in the knowledge that their compact transport causes much less harm to the environment than vehicles that run on gasoline, coal, or wheels made of chainsaws.