Yellow and blue signage near the parking lots of shopping malls, offices, and entertainment centers indicates the presence of ProntoWash Eco AutoSpa, a car wash and detailing powerhouse that boasts more than 350 operations worldwide. Its business model revolves around accessibility—ProntoWash sets up shop where cars already are, saving drivers time and preserving all the gas and corn dogs that engines would have otherwise consumed during a trip to a traditional car wash. Helming special yellow Washing Karts, the company's technicians use biodegradable detergent and about a pint of low-pressure water to render each car clean. They also care for cars by vacuuming carpets, restoring headlights, stuffing multivitamins inside ailing glove compartments, and making arrangements to hit the road with their mobile car-wash service.
As a franchise of the Valero fuel company, Vinales Valero gases up, cleans, repairs, and maintains import and domestic vehicles with the same trusty, well-trained service it's been doling out for more than 15 years. Nestled in the shadow of nearby Marlins Park, Vinales Valero takes in mud-splattered trucks or cars in need of tune-ups, with skilled mechanics treating them to thorough hand washings, wheel alignments, AC repair, oil changes, and detailed explanations of the infield fly rule. Inside, glistening fridges keep frosty beverages refreshingly cool, and rich Pilon coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice, and relish-topped hot dogs keep customers pleasantly refueled.
At Just Right Car Wash, a team of fiberglass-friendly technicians reveals like-new rides after thorough 30- to 90-minute washing services. The fully equipped facility handles cars, SUVs, and well-disguised elephants with car-safe products and equipment. Regular washes chip away built-up grit and grime with an outside washing, interior vacuuming, and liquid-wax finish, and super washes include an interior shampoo or exterior wax. Ultimate washes leave surfaces shining as brilliantly as Rudolph's pilot-exam scores with a wax and buff plus an interior and exterior detail. While Just Right's technicians shine tires and toss in a complimentary air-freshener, clients can explore nearby art galleries or visit a local salon.
For more than 15 years, Joe has built and expanded AutoTech the Alarm People from a basic car-alarm-installation outfit to a destination for customers seeking numerous vehicular upgrades. The shop still installs and sells alarms, but now also outfits trucks with accessories, tints windows, and boosts sound systems with brands such as Pioneer and Kenwood. Other enhancements include GPS navigation systems, rearview cameras, and radar detection.
Some drivers might only be concerned about the bugs on the windshield, not realizing that the ones clinging to the front bumper can eat through the clear coat. At Lulu’s Car Wash, the crew understand this and use it to remind their customers of the importance of regular washes. Vehicles can run through their high-tech wash tunnel in just three minutes. As drivers pull up to the tunnel’s entrance beneath the smiling-car logo, they can choose treatments that coat auto bodies with UV protectant and iridescent shine. Patrons can also attend to the insides of their rides: the staff performs interior detailing, and the lot is equipped with free vacuums.