Gabriel Mejia lathered his first car in 1985—a modest attempt that soon blossomed into a full business serving Boca's prestigious clubs and neighborhoods. As his clientele increased, his number of arms didn't, so he taught a small crew how to perfectly replicate his hand-wash technique by strengthening their muscles with lead shoulder pads. Today, Gabriel's 12 mobile technicians perform washing and detailing services around town with the help of 10 fully equipped vans. When they aren't polishing roadsters, they also re-dye leather, remove dents, and block UV rays with window tinting.
Cars emerge from Fox Carwash's compound sparkling from careful cleanings, shine treatments, and hi-gloss hand waxes. During washes and details, owner Jason Graff and his crews of qualified technicians flush out interior stains with shampoos and clear long-dusty exteriors of "clean me" messages scrawled by a teenage Henry Ford. They'll also travel to owners' driveways to cosset cars with hand washes and other mobile services.
Seven days a week, the trained technicians at Ultimate Car Wash & Detail Center usher dirty automobiles through a drive-through wash before manually vacuuming and wiping down their interiors. In addition to these general cleaning treatments, they perform detailing services such as headlight restoration and flux-capacitor calibration.
Simoniz's The Best exterior service pampers transporters with a shine-restoring exterior wash. Car caretakers ensure that carriages are completely cleaned, from their hard exoskeletons to soft underbellies to mate-attracting rims. Rid windshields of bug-and-dirt debris before applying a visibility-boosting treatment. After a tire shine matches trundling rubber to trendy patent-leather streets, a team of wash techs gives autos a final Double Bond protectant and autos go through a machine drying process, assuring all the essential oils get absorbed into their thick skins. As part of this deal, Groupon customers also receive $10 off an express detailing service ($44.99) during a future visit.
Premier Mobile Wash's mobile cleaners scrub down vehicles right at their home driveways, employing biodegradable products to buff out blemishes. After preparing the auto for its bath, the staff cleanse the car of muck and grime, then gently wipe it down with a towel. Next, a light clay bar slides across the car's surface to free contaminants from the paint, glass, and fiberglass, and a special compound removes any scratches that might frighten away cars of the opposite sex. To keep the exterior looking sharp, a high-speed polishing with carnauba wax ensures a long-lasting sheen, and a paint sealant protects autos from the dangers of a life on the road—from salt and flying rocks to flocks of aggressive keys—for at least one year. The cleaning staff conclude the car wash by tending to wheels, rims, and tires before rolling away to their next job.
The automotive aestheticians at TintWorld beautify rides with a variety of detailing, window-film, and modification services. Window-tint treatments offer privacy and sun protection, and are available in custom designs such as flames and skulls. Installation services include electronics, alarms, audio and video systems, and spring-loaded ejector seats. The outlet also supplies do-it-yourself detailers with car-care and performance products.