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).
For the staff at Double Take Auto Detailing, maintaining a vehicle's appearance is just as important as changing its oil or feeding the tiny horses that live in its engine. That's why techs can shine up cars with three levels of auto detailing—Silver, Gold, and Platinum. All packages begin with a hand wash for the vehicle's exterior and to clean away dust and grime. Once cars put away their bath toys, the staff can perform more heavy-duty aesthetic services, including tinting windows and repairing minor dings by using a process that maintains the original paint job.
A driver motors home from the car wash in a freshly showered car when, all of a sudden, the car splashes into a muddy pothole, leaving the entire front fender caked in wet dirt. The fleet-footed detailers at Mobile Wash & Lube save customers this heartache by traveling to homes and businesses to gussy up vehicles right where they sit. In addition to renewing cars, trucks, and SUVs, the team also refreshes homes inside and out with pressure-washing and carpet-cleaning services.
As a franchise of the well-known Valero fuel company, Zelienople Valero Gas Station, Convenience Store, & Car Wash tends to cars and customers with professional service and a triple threat of filling station, car wash, and convenience store. Patrons fill up their vehicles from a liquid buffet of regular, plus, and premium gas or on- and off-road diesel, and quell the mewling, auto-tuned hunger pangs of grill tanks and motor homes at the propane filling station. At the car wash, automated passes of Ryko Soft Touch brushes and sheets of cleansing foam polish car undercarriages and exteriors, and a feast of breakfast tornadoes, pizza, pepperoni rolls, soft pretzels, and soft-serve ice cream awaits famished travelers in the store.
Auto Effects' in-house tinter expertly adorns cars with sun-truncating films to ward off UV rays and high temperatures. Though regular window-tinting film is applied without heat, leading to imperfections and tiny bubbles, premium window-tinting film is applied with a high-heat process that results in a factory finish. Tinted windows protect interior upholstery from sun damage, keep glares from distracting the driver, and reduce heat, all while enhancing the car's style and improving its ability to sleep through drivers’ ed class. During the service, technicians shroud the front two windows of any car, keeping the cockpit cool and shaded. Groupon holders can also apply the value of today's deal toward upgrades such as two-car full-window films ($240 for premium) or full-tint jobs for four-door cars ($280+ for premium), blocking the sun’s overheated advances and the moon’s day-glo American flags.
Detailers run soft chamois cloths across car surfaces, soaking up droplets left by Car Bright Detail’s hand wash. The auto-detailing experts know which services are best rendered by hand, and which with the aid of machines. Mechanical buffing and polishing, for example, gives exteriors a glossy finish without having to get out at every light to spray the car with water, but wax gets applied by hand to ensure complete and even coverage.
The car shiners at Auto Bathouse's original and new Butler Street locations leave no stone unturned with bumper-to-bumper cleaning services and top-brand oil changes. While the Lawrenceville location was formerly known as the Unique Auto Wash, the business still showers cars with a soft-cloth wash, heated blow dryers and a climate-controlled towel-drying area to keep teeth and grills from chattering. Select detailing services at the Monroeville location take more invasive measures such as engine degreasing, carpet steaming, and odor removal. Aesthetic upgrades spiff up auto bodies with paint sealants and chip repairs that fend off road debris, as well as window tints and carpet dye jobs that cover up graying fibers and keep aging autos feeling youthful. To keep clean cars from becoming mere driveway ornaments, techs keep pistons whirring with oil changes from brands such as Castrol and Pennzoil.