At locations throughout the northeast, ScrubaDub Auto Wash Centers' computerized wash tunnels and detailing pros spiff up cars with advanced technology and minimal environmental impact. The robotic wash systems and photoelectric sensors not only clean finishes with a gentle, soft-cloth technique, but they can target white walls, wheels, and chrome with site-specific formulas. The eco-savvy automated systems also consume less water than home washing and recycle the water used to clean the wheels and undercarriage. Biodegradable SuperGlo soap keeps the run-off free of harmful compounds before it is funneled down the proper treatment channels, where it can't pollute neighborhood storm drains or be used to test the resiliency of carnival goldfish.
The centers' innovative equipment and Earth-friendly practices have earned them the title of Best Car Wash from CityVoter for three years running. Some locations also boast separate interior cleaning bays to address filthy dashboards and seats.
After developing a process to prevent cars from rusting in 1959, founder Kurt Ziebart continued to pursue automotive innovation, forming an international network of 400 locations in 30 countries. Skilled technicians update cars with a variety of detailing and protective services that keep paint jobs from fading and heal chipped windows. Their inventory contains a spread of accessories to personalize vehicles, including remote starters to heat vehicles in cold months, sunroofs to let in the summer's rays, and alarm systems to scare off falling leaves in autumn. Scratches and scuffmarks disappear with cosmetic touchups and tinted windows preserve privacy behind a thin layer of dimness. In addition to services for vehicles, Biddeford Ziebart also offers residential window tinting.
The motor medics at Southern Maine Motors restore rides to peak condition with oil and filter changes and ensure continued automotive health by administering thorough inspections. In 20 to 30 minutes, vehicle virtuosos lube up pumping pistons and replenish sapped motor-oil reserves, reducing friction and heat, which can grind away critical engine parts over time. A fresh fuel filter screens out potential foreign objects lurking in the gas tank, such as dirt, flecks of rust, and the Blarney Stone. A certified technician then inspects the car meticulously, ensuring that everything from the drive shaft to the wiper blades meets the State of Maine's stringent safety standards. Drivers receive a full printout of the evaluation in order to help them better understand their car's particular issues, such as uneven wear on tire treads or a crippling fear of clowns.
At Benedict Auto Detailing, technicians scrub, shine, and dress cars with meticulous attention. They begin with hand washes to pry away every speck of dirt and then bring the paint to a crisp shine with hand waxes before sprucing up the interior. For added convenience, crews can perform express details and quick washes or drive their mobile units to driveways, offices, and widening potholes for onsite detailing.
Stylists at Tasha Maria Hair Salon hold court inside a modern yet charming salon boutique on Congress Street. Inside, they each specialize in using Wella, Redken, or Goldwell products and providing custom haircuts and color treatments. Their comfortable waiting area welcomes clients to page through magazines, sip coffee, and reminisce with their hair before promising they’ll visit it after the cut.
Hydraulic lifts puff and sigh as they slowly lift cars above Duval Service Center’s shop floor, revealing each auto underbelly to Mark Duval and his team of ASE-certified mechanics. After pinpointing common breakdown culprits, such as overheating and always being picked last for dodge ball, techs get busy re-padding brakes, clearing out exhaust systems, and performing other services that keep vehicles running smoothly. While their cars get pampered, drivers can kick back in the red cushioned chairs of the waiting area to read a magazine, or wander Duval’s Service Center’s lot of foreign and domestic used cars.