When David C. Magee and Robert W. August founded LaserWash TouchFree CarWash in 2003, they brought a collective 60 years of corporate experience. David helms the company, and Robert draws on the knowledge he gleaned during his time as the senior vice president of Monro Muffler, making them a veritable Jordan-Pippen combo, though shoe stores might not carry their signature kicks, which would be grease-splattered boots.
At their 13 LaserWash locations, the duo offers car-wash packages facilitated by an automatic LaserWash G5 process. As roadsters progress through a wide bay free of tracks to follow, a series of large signs directs drivers through each step. The LaserWash adjusts its size to fit vehicles up to 7 feet tall by way of ultrasonic and infrared sensors. It also uses less water and electricity than typical car-wash equipment, along with pH-balanced and biodegradable soaps and waxes. After the undercarriage wash removes salt, sand, and damaging contaminants from car bellies, the triple foam polishes paint jobs and the clear-coat protectant shields autos from acid rain, UV rays, and icy glances. Once exteriors are clean, coin-operated vacuums, shampooers, and fragrance misters await car owners, who can scour their car interiors until they sparkle both inside and out.
At Buckmans Car Wash, drivers have a choice between man and machine. They can opt for a traditional soft-cloth tunnel wash using Simoniz products or select the human touch of Buckmans's detail shop, where technicians take a fine-toothed comb to the cars' interiors and exteriors. Using steam cleaners, leather dressing, and hard wax, they'll purge unwanted dust, grime, and scuffs from tiffs autos had with bigger cars when left unattended in the parking lot. A major factor to the success of Buckmans Car Wash over the last 40 years has been its wash guarantees, which allow drivers to bring their cars back for a complimentary rewashing up to five days after their treatment for any reason.
A nearly 65-year-old institution passed from father to son, Pierce Automotive gives domestic and import vehicles life-extending tune-ups and quick repairs. Proprietor Brian Pierce has worked the floors of Pierce Automotive since boyhood, developing car-repairing expertise and the ability to understand the clicking, wheezing language of carburetors. During oil changes, skilled technicians replace the vehicle’s vital lubricant, extending engine life by reducing wear and friction and boosting mileage. A tire service with rotation, balance, and mount ensures even distribution of weight across wheels, improving driving comfort, steering, and safety. A battery recharge, which includes a tune-up, change, terminal cleaning, and insulator installation, jolts somnambulant cars awake faster than a liter of mocha latte poured straight into the gas tank.