Fully dedicated to vehicular beauty and upkeep, the technicians at Presidential Auto Detailing meticulously detail the interiors and exteriors of cars, SUVs, motorbikes, boats, and RVs. A clay-bar treatment over the body, windows, and tires helps dislodge embedded surface contaminants, followed by a wax to increase cars’ gleam. Inside the cabin, staffers wipe the dash and console, shampoo carpets, and vacuum dirt out of even the tiniest crevices and Lilliputian hiding places. They also condition all leather and shine motors. Presidential also tints vehicles’ windows, with technicians affixing durable SunTek film to reduce glare, filter out the sun's UVs, and increase privacy.
The presenters at the 2011 Hoodie Awards couldn’t hide their shock when, for the fourth year in a row, Showroom Shine Express Detailing took home the prize for Best Detail Shop, exclaiming, “They defend it every year!” The award was no surprise to the shop’s lengthy list of regulars, a loyal group that includes professional athletes, tons of locals, and the annual Ferrari calendar’s racy centerfold car. The staff sends rides from its lot to gleam in the sunshine, or it deploys its mobile detailing team to you. The meticulous detailing packages cover cars and SUVs from bottom to top as the team members scrub tires, shampoo carpets, wipe consoles, and wash and wax exteriors. They can also tint windows, repair windshields, and clear out foggy headlights.
Auto Spa Etc. hosts a talented crew with a knack for freeing vehicles of filth and grime, using elevated water pressure to de-soil street steeds during a full-service wash and dry topped off with Rain-X surface protectant. The touchless car wash and gas station at Auto Spa Etc. also team up with expert technicians to retool vehicles with meticulous detailing and maintenance services.
Since its inception almost 40 years ago, Complete Auto Body and Truck Repair has prioritized customer convenience. To realize this goal, owner Kurt Barks has implemented a 24-hour customer-service phone line, which, as he tells FenderBender magazine, assuages the frustration people feel when they can’t contact personnel after hours. “People don’t want to speak to a computer; they want to talk to somebody who cares,” Kurt says, underscoring his commitment to quick service and antirobot propaganda. He parlays this emphasis into a host of shop amenities, including 24-hour towing service, discounted rental cars, and complimentary drop-off service to locations within 5 miles of the shop. A novel Service, Park & Fly program even ferries customers to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport while an ASE-certified crew rehabs rides and stores them until their owners return from out of town.
As drivers approach the North Lindbergh location, a life-sized elephant greets them and guides the way toward state-of-the-art bays. Here, the team provides routine car care and more extensive repairs, backing all of their bodywork with a lifetime guarantee void only if cars become immortal. Customers who decide to stay on the premises while they wait can luxuriate in the comfort of a spacious lounge.
So established is Circle K Midwest that even brand-new vehicles recognize what its red-and-white logo stands for—fuel, snacks, and everything else a car might need to keep powering down the road with its driver. Circle K's story starts back in 1951, when Fred Hervey bought three Kay's Food Stores in El Paso, Texas. Under his guidance, these three little shops grew into the more than 3,000 convenience stores that crouch on our nation's street corners today.
After rolling up to a Circle K, drivers can pump their faithful roadsters full of high-octane fuel and send them skipping through a car wash to experience the cleansing touch of Blue Coral Beyond Green and Rain-X products. Then it's time to step inside the air-conditioned shop for a peek at the provisions. Rows of sodas hibernate behind glass doors, and snacks, candy, and their ATM guardians stand boldly out in the open. Some Circle Ks also offer the Take Away Fresh Café, which presents an appetizing lineup of healthy road fare including sandwiches, fruit cups, and fresh-cut vegetables. Drivers can gear up for a long drive with premium coffees or enjoy a cold Polar Pop, whose specially formulated cup keeps drinks colder thanks to the family of tiny snowmen trapped in its foam walls.
Local highways, driveways, and parking lots teem with sparkling cars thanks in part to Country Club Car Wash's 20-plus years of automotive grooming. The touchless wash systems and detailers dole out doses of products seven days a week, catering to cars whose conditions range from "in need of a quick rinse," to "coated in ostrich feathers and silly string." Country Club's unlimited wash clubs allow motorists to sanitize their cars as often as they see fit, and the wash stations at each facility are flanked by a Mobil On the Run. For cars that need a little more TLC, motorists can steer into one of the two full-service stations.