Readers of Richmond magazine have voted Car Pool Car Wash the Best Car Washing/Detailing business in the city multiple times over the last decade. Stepping into one of its facilities, it’s easy to see why. In addition to making autos look and feel like royalty, Car Pool Car Wash also cultivates a stress-free environment with sleek waiting rooms that resemble modern hotel lobbies and emit free WiFi. After grabbing a complimentary cup of coffee and receding into plush leather chairs, visitors are served a visual feast that may include floor-to-ceiling windows or a stone fireplace. Rocking chairs outside of the car wash enable car owners to wait under the open sky while flipping through a book or magazine.
Locally owned and operated since 1977, the automotive salon company has focused on advanced car-cleaning methods while expanding its outreach to include six full-service wash facilities, two exterior-only wash facilities, and a full-service detail shop. Many of the car wash's specialty packages cater to specific vehicle needs such as comprehensive interior cleaning or professional exterior waxing, services that enlist products from Simoniz and Rain-X to safeguard paint jobs.
Car Pool Car Wash strengthens its bond with repeat customers through its frequency rewards program, which makes participants eligible for future discounts after they sign up online or in person. The shop also carries Duck Bucks gift cards that allow recipients to prepay for regular car washes. In their efforts to foster a tightly knit community, the owners of Car Pool Car Wash regularly support local charities and organizations in their initiatives.
Rio Car Wash's self-serve facility treats filthy cars to a quick soft-cloth bath that's over in three to five minutes. The scratch-less wash includes rain repellent, foam polish, and a clear-coat sealant to keep colors from fading into dust-coated dreams, as well as an undercarriage wash to chip off all the grime, sludge, and CB radio slang picked up from the road. After applications of rim cleaner and tire shine ensure that wheels and their rubbers stay clean, autos get dried off and then open wide to expose their interiors to vacuums, which remove loose debris and replace it with surfaces clean enough to play Go Fish on.
Better Vision Detail and Car Spa's technicians have spent the last 20 years honing their ability to seek out and destroy embedded dirt from vehicles and homes. The Sunoco-sponsored business lavishes vehicles with hand washes at its facility or on-site with mobile units, which carry waxes, shampoos, and conditioners to customers’ locations so cars can loiter in their own driveway or hammock while being washed. Homes, decks, and driveways also shake off dirt when targeted with the techs’ power washers, and lawns reap the rewards of a domestic landscaping team that fertilizes, mows, and manicures greenery.
Dave's Auto Spa spruces up vehicles with a mixture of friction and touch-free techniques. Foaming cleansers and soft mitts team up with steady streams of water, 95% of which is reclaimed from previous rinses, to free rides from all manner of grime. Technicians add extras such as foam polish, spray wax, wheel cleaners, and underbody washes during the four signature wash packages and treat paint to Rain-X and leather to conditioners during detail appointments. Drivers can join Dave's Auto Spa's Red Carpet Club for benefits such as free washes, senior and military discounts, and a guarantee that cars will only be photographed on their good sides.
More than thirty years ago, Darrel Neilson entered the auto industry as a muffler and exhaust specialist. Now, he and his master techs are full-fledged car doctors who offer services that repair everything from air conditioners and radiators to brakes and alternators across seven locations. They also document all of their findings in their computer system to diagnose automotive ailments with ease.
For more than 15 years, the highly trained technicians at Ace Glass have repaired and installed glass in autos, homes, and businesses with well-honed skills and sophisticated tools and technology. The team's vast repertoire allows them to tackle nearly any job, from preventing cracks from spreading in windshields to putting up shiny walls of mirrors in gyms. Each tech plies his trade with 10–45 years of experience under his tool belt, ensuring that cracked car windows block out noise and air and that homes and offices sparkle with newly installed storm windows, glass tables, patio doors, or life-size diamond statues of Larry Bird.