As part of the international WaterSavers program, the green-minded team behind Car Wash Express urges drivers to eschew the potentially harmful environmental effects of at-home car washes in favor of quick, thorough cleanses. 100% of the water used on your wash will be recycled and 80% of that will go toward the next wash. Across Car Wash Express?s five Denver-area locations, an automated tunnel attacks exterior buildup with biodegradable cleaning products and shine-enhancing protectants. The wash?s express lanes expedite the scrubbing process and cater to drivers in a hurry, and its fleet/bulk sales program meets the high-volume demands of people who own multiple cars or frequently race roadsters through the local pit.
Although Mototech's Chris Bond and Robert Mayer are ASE-certified experts in the maintenance of vehicles ranging from flashy Audis to muscular Dodges, their most important innovations are invisible to the naked eye. The co-owners both worked as engineers, but now exercise their knack for invention with product-developing companies, researching and designing chemical degreasers and cleaners with the least environmental impact. Their molecular triumphs grew into the shop's signature line of decontaminants, which they create onsite with environmentally friendly ingredients from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Design for Environment list. During day-to-day operations, knowledge of science empowers them to perform sustainable car modifications, such as converting a motor to run on renewable ethanol or a puppy's boundless love, and to implement a broad program to reduce energy costs and recycle waste such as motor oil.
Bond and Mayer's met as industrial designers at Intelagard, a firefighting-equipment manufacturer, and bonded over their previous careers as mechanics. Missing friendly chats with clients and the impressions of Louise Jefferson wheezed out by jalopies, they quit the firm to open their ASE Blue Seal–recognized garage. Bond contributes specializations in metal fabrication, welding, and machining, and Mayer brings 12 years of expertise as a master mechanic and certification as an L1 advanced engine-performance specialist. They keep their team small to ensure a high quality of work and to welcome clients with familiar faces, and are a participating center in the NAPA AutoCare network, which guarantees parts and labor at any of its locations nationwide.
The automatic washes at Grizco Car Wash scour harmful salt and grit from four-wheeled friends using high-end Karcher equipment. Like a mad scientist entertaining his cat, the high-tech cleanbots use laser beams to get the job done, precisely measuring the height and width of each vehicle for a meticulous scrub and polish. Each Ultimate car wash douses undercarriages with a purifying spray, followed by both a low pH- and high pH-factor double presoak. Next, a wheel blaster applies a vehicular pedicure to rubber toes, and a contour-following high-pressure rinse removes grime from paint jobs. A clear-coat wax locks in shimmer, and a spot-free rinse removes any leftover specks of dirt, dander, or mustard before a high-volume air drier wicks away moisture. Each of Grizco's spic-and-span stations are fully automated for 24-hour access, seven days a week.
Cars emerge rejuvenated from the Gold wash at The Wave Car Care Center, whose eco-conscientious cleaners save millions of gallons of water per year through their use of a reclaim system. Throughout the treatment, a team of expert auto scrubbers conditions the tires, combs the underbody with a watery flush and rust-inhibitor treatment, and activates a once-dormant luster with cleansing applications of triple-foaming wax. As a layer of sealant settles onto the exterior, vacuums prowl carpeted pastures in search of debris, crumbs, and shredded For Sale signs. After clarifying window glass, staffers tidy up the dashboard and consoles, freshen interior scents, tend to door jambs, and usher the car to an arid state with an agile hand dry.
The detailers at Mike's Auto Spa designed a signature process to leave vehicles looking like they just came off the line. They start by documenting the car's condition, flipping through the car’s old baby pictures, and thoroughly washing its exterior. They then clean engines and treat leather or carpet interiors. Then it's back to the exterior, where they apply compounds and polishes that leave paint jobs shiny, protect windshields, clean headlights as needed, and shine tires. Finally, they perform a triple-check on every part of the vehicle.
If customers don't have time for the signature treatment, Mike's team also scrubs up vehicles with express services. Vehicles roll through the car wash tunnel, before heading to the vacuum lane, where staffers suck up dirt and crumbs.
The staff at Jiffy Auto Glass works to keep cars driving safe and looking good. Technicians repair and replace broken windshields so as to keep visibility high, and they also offer mobile repair services so drivers don't have to drive their damaged cars to the shop. They simply wait on the shoulder of the road, in their driveway, or in the parking lot where the car challenged a snowplow to a duel, and technicians will come and repair the car onsite. On the cosmetic side of things, Jiffy beautifies auto bodies with washing, waxing, and detailing services.