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.
Since its founding in 1978, the international quick-lube franchise Grease Monkey has maintained its focus on speedy treatments and a detail-oriented approach to auto care. Shop technicians tune up rides with services such as air-conditioning repair, air-filter replacement, and fuel- and emissions-system cleaning. Grease Monkey's signature service, though, is its full-service oil change. After replacing a vehicle's lubricant with GF-5 or re-refined motor oil, technicians perform an entire review of its maintenance needs, referencing the owner's manual and the wise hermit living in the trunk.
Sun Block, Inc.'s professional tinting technicians prevent harmful UV rays and offensive glare from creeping into homes, businesses, and automobiles using sheets of film that arrive fresh from the CPFilms factory in Martinsville, Virginia. Each uniformed installer boasts the backing of annual quality tests as well as certification from the International Window Film Association and Worshipful Company of Shadesmiths. With these qualifications, they can beautify building windowpanes and car windshields, reduce HVAC costs, and help autos and homes stay comfortable on the inside.
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.
Rio Car Wash's self-serve facility treats bedraggled buggies to a quick three- to five-minute soft-cloth bath. 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. Wheels and tires are treated to applications of rim cleaner and tire shine before car owners turn the free vacuum on interiors, removing loose debris and replacing it with surfaces clean enough to play Go Fish on or eat goldfish off of.
Like the cars that roll through its suds, Wash-n-Roll’s staff members come to the facility scuffed by a long road but leave in better shape than when they arrived. That’s because Wash-n-Roll is a 100% charitable facility operated by people participating in New Life For Youth’s recovery program.
NLFY began in 1971 when Victor and Carmen, a husband-and-wife team, began lodging teens struggling with addiction in their own home to help them get back on track. Today, the outreach organization uses the Wash-n-Roll site as a vocational training center. Each dollar spent on washes—some of which sport rock ‘n’ roll-themed names, such as The Twist or Blue Suede Shoes—goes directly back into NLFY to be used for such programs as helping feed families in need through the Central Virginia Food Bank. Furthering its philanthropic motif, Wash-n-Roll limits its ecological impact by using reclamation tanks to recycle 94% of its water and by repurposing clouds as sponges.