Behind Budget Auto Detail Center's shiny fleet of cars for hire and moving trucks, teams of dedicated detailers clean up customers' precious four-wheeled friends. Rather than outsourcing the cleaning chores to cyborgs, technicians remove offending stains and blemishes by hand, touching up paint chips or working in protective coats of wax to create a handsome sheen. Their power washes, steam cleanings, and interior scrub downs leave cars as grime- and grease-free as a germaphobe's favorite bar of soap.
The small team of expert technicians at Johnny Boy's Car Wash beautifies automobiles inside and out with express washes and meticulous detailing. Standard full-service washes combine exterior suds and hand drying with visits from vacuums, window washing, litter clean up, and other interior sprucing. Opulent add-ons, tiered in wash packages from Super to Primo, lavish cars with waxes, tire shines, air fresheners, and underbody flushes to expunge lingering grime and hitchhiking stalactites. Express packages stick to exteriors and add rust inhibitors and tire shines as cars zip back onto the street.
The employees at Detail Plus are old hands when it comes to restoring cars to the glory of their showroom days. Staff members draw from years of experience as they gently detail the interiors, exteriors, and secret undercarriage glove compartments of roadsters. They hand wash outer frames and snatch any lingering environmental grime with Clay Magic products. Inside, conditioners care for vinyl and leather and steam removes contaminants from carpet. Protective extras include an undercoating that muffles noise and vibrations from the road as it shields wheel wells, gas tanks, and other fixtures from rust and corrosion.
Hot Shot Detail goes beyond traditional auto services with their complimentary pickup and delivery service for clients within 20 miles of Washington, taking grungy, scrub-starved vehicles off customers’ hands and returning them clean, waxed, and aesthetically renewed. Four-wheeled makeovers begin with a wash and dry including the removal of tar gnats and their passenger-door graffiti murals. Wheel wells, rims, and tires are freed of accumulated chocolate pudding, and trained squeegees return transparency to windows. A hand wax protects paint coats from the elements, and all chrome is thoroughly polished. Upholstery and leather receive a gentle cleansing, and dust and graham cracker crumbs are banished from the dash and consoles. After being vacuumed and lectured on hygiene, shiny horseless carriages receive their promised homecoming and subsequent joyride through a small parking lot.
With more than 175 locations nationwide and more than 35 years in the business, Car-X Auto Service has earned a prime spot in the parking garage of quality car care and customer service. Started in 1971 by a team of seasoned muffler-shop owners, the service centers have blossomed from their beginnings as specialty exhaust shops to providers of nearly any repair or maintenance service imaginable, from installing performance-enhancing accessories to treating cars to therapeutic trust falls. In addition to promoting safety and long, healthy engine life with brake services and speedy oil changes, Car-X Auto Service reaches out to the surrounding community with regular philanthropic activities, such as recycling drives and participation in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk.