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.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil-Change package, which helps promote the longevity of each vehicle. Staffers acknowledge that oil plays a crucial role in maximizing the lifespan of each car—it cools the motor and helps prevent moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians—all of which have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)—service vehicles at Jiffy Lube. In addition to performing oil changes, technicians offer preventative services such as air-filtration and electrical-system maintenance, among others. Jiffy Lube’s quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, complete a service only after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.
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.
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.
Four full-time certified mechanics tend to domestic and foreign vehicles at All Tune and Lube, a full-service auto maintenance and repair center. These mechanics can investigate engine troubles with computer diagnostics, ward off road trip delays with preventative maintenance, or repair air-conditioning units that have transformed speedy coupes into imperceptibly slow-moving icebergs. All of the mechanics’ handiwork comes backed by a warranty valid for 12,000 miles or 12 months.
Car N Go stocks everything from alarms to stereo systems, as well as used cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs. Customers can roll off the lot with makes such as Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, and Nissan, along with DVD players and LED lighting for their automobiles. Window tinting and navigation devices are also available, as are audio systems for boats.