Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
After getting their start in the interior trim industry in 1998, the staff at Austin Auto Interiors grew to specialize in factory-quality reupholstering, multimedia upgrades, and meticulous detailing. With access to more than one million leather seating combinations, the shop's leather service technicians dye, fit, and trim top-grain leather to replace worn-out seats and arm rests ravaged by restless backseat drivers. When the staff isn't reviving worn interiors and patching minor damage, they can be found making over dashes with woodgrain trim or embroidering custom headrests. Outside the realm of trim and accents, the multimedia experts at Austin Auto Interiors also equip whips with GPS navigation, seat heaters, and headrest video capabilities.
Mr. Clean Car Wash's trusty team of expert de-dirters will unleash a series of suds and polishes during the Mr. Clean Signature Shine Car Wash, giving your car's interior and exterior a thorough spick-and-spanning. A complete inner vacuuming and wipe-down will evict crumbs from console crannies and eliminate any road rage that may have dripped onto the floor mats. The exterior will then be washed, wiped, and armed with a coat of surface protectant, triple-shine polish, underbody rust inhibitor, and wheel guard, thus readying your car for harsh summertime elements such as heavy rain, extreme temperatures, and mud-slinging space invaders. In the interest of pleasing your nose's taste buds, a palate-pleasing air freshener will top off the service. As Mr. Clean Car Wash is open seven days a week, stop by when it's most convenient for you.
As a figure in the car wash community for more than 20 years, George Murray has seen what technology can do...and he's no fan of it. At least when it comes to car washes. The advent of mechanized power scrubbers and jet-engine power blowers may have led to the popularity of automated car washes, but those robots are prone to scratching surfaces, snapping antennas, and stealing hood ornaments to add to their trophy case. Understanding that human hands know how to polish a car better than over-sized toothbrushes, George opened The Final Touch Car Wash to give cars a custom, hands-on treatment. Utilizing soft wool mitts, car wash and detailing experts spiff up exteriors and interiors with hand polishing and waxing treatments that leave no scratches, and dry surfaces with soft chamois cloths.
At Genie Car Washes, nearly a half-century of business success lends an air of assured experience to locations recently upgraded with $500,000 in renovations. A large staff efficiently shuttles vehicles through a wash tunnel cushioned with foam pads designed to leave exteriors unscratched. Patrons can choose between one of six multistep car washes, or cherry-pick ? la carte services such as leather conditioning, engine cleaning, and headlight restoration. Detailing packages assemble extra touches that subject disheveled cars to white-glove once-overs including trunk cleanings and carpet steam cleanings.
The self-serve bays at Mr. Sharky's Carwash are open 24/7 across its four area locations, meaning drivers can always spruce up their rides quickly and conveniently on their own schedule. During regular hours, however, car wash technicians dig a little deeper, treating cars and trucks to everything from quick, express washes to deluxe services, which include a turbo vacuum and interior/exterior dressing. They can also shampoo floors and seats, condition leather, and clean rims until they gleam.