VIP Motorsports outfits rides with all luxurious necessities. The shop’s skilled technicians add glitz and glamour to autos with shiny new rims and grills, shroud taillights and windows with professional tints, and put bounce back in cars' stride with booming audio systems. They enable easy vehicle ignition with help from the Encore E2 remote car starter, allowing drivers to start engines from the front door or while parachuting into a convertible.
PTL Detail's car scrubbers have escorted more than 35,000 vehicles into the realm of cleanliness. Their pickup and delivery options keep busy car owners in the loop, allowing them to take advantage of interior and exterior detail packages, which cover everything from full buffing and hand-washing to cupholder cleaning and engine degreasing. Customers can also roll their autos in themselves for these complete treatments or for some à la carte services—the removal of excess hair left by pet yetis, for example, or the application of a windshield protectant that makes it harder for water and ice to collect. The technicians can also buff away the oxidization collected on headlights and wet-sand paint jobs to erase deep, stubborn scratches.
Noble Parkway Mobil, a AAA Top Shop, combines a full-service repair shop, an automated car wash, and a handy convenience store stocked with hot coffee, cold pops, and tasty treats. In the shop, teams of ASE-certified mechanics rotate tires, carry out routine oil changes, and tackle clutch, muffler, and transmission repairs. Car cleaners prep automobiles by hand before sending cars through an automated wash cycle that buffets them in a flurry of gentle soft cloths, much like a cruise through a pillow factory. In addition to gazing into open hoods or making sure the light at the end of the wash tunnel is turned on, the technicians at Noble Parkway Mobil look after the needs of the community around them, working in tandem with local nonprofit Kaposia to find employment for workers with developmental disabilities.
Crystal Carwash Center beautifies vehicles 24 hours a day with two automatic, touchless car-wash bays. For more in-depth cleansing, they invite customers to stop by on weekdays for thorough detailing with soaps, waxes, and polishes by Car Brite and 3M that leave vehicles as spotless as a weather forecaster’s crystal ball. The rest of the combustion-fluent technicians at the 21,000-square-foot facility devote themselves to repairing cars and returning them to owners with written guarantees of lifetime warranties.
Plymouth VIP Carwash & Auto Service extends the reach of a typical wash ‘n’ go center with professional detailing services and a full-service repair shop. For more than 25 years, cars have pulled up to the pump for a full tank of gas and then headed into the 112-foot wash tunnel for a date with soft cloths and high-pressure jets. The Plymouth crew also doles out complete interior and exterior detailing packages, calling upon mink oil to condition seats and paint sealant to leave exteriors as spotless and glazed as an immortal donut. In the garage, ASE-certified technicians tune up engines, change oil, and perform a list of other maintenance and repair services
Originally founded in 1959 by Kurt Ziebart as Ziebart International Corp., Ziebart has morphed from an auto-rust-prevention outfit into a full-service auto accessory and detail shop that has cropped up at some 400 locations in 30 countries. Performing everything from window tinting and professional detailing to electronics installation, Ziebart's experienced staff cares for cars with high-end products, including seasonal paint protectant and the company’s renowned rust inhibitors. To protect cars inside and out, Ziebart technicians also install accouterments such as alarm systems to thwart thieves and sunroofs to thwart unflattering film negatives from processing correctly (services may vary by location).
Dave Juntunen made his foray into the automotive industry in 1996 by working as a restoration technician for Kirk's Volkswagen—one of the largest facilities of its kind in the United States at the time. He started out with washing and waxing, but his detail-oriented personality prevented him from cutting any corners. Eventually, he progressed to exacting tasks such as paint correction, clear-coat restoration, and wet sanding. He also studied stain, scratch, dent, and paint technology.
With this knowledge, Dave started his own auto garage for exotic and European vehicles, which he dubbed Top Gear Autoworks. He later founded Twin Cities Detailing, where he and two other technicians primp elite chariots such as Lamborghinis, Mercedes, and ancient Roman quadrigas. They offer everything from basic details to in-depth sessions featuring clay-bar treatments, Menzerna products, and a three-step polishing process. When they aren't washing roadsters, Dave and his team repair upholstery, apply tinted window films, and decorate façades with pin striping to make autos look slim.