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Cocaptains Chip Deaton and Scott Connelly anchored their individual childhood experiences on the water to their passion for aquatic surfaces when they founded Charleston Water Taxi. Here, the duo helms two types of vessels to whisk passengers around Charleston's pristine waterways, navigating through their harbor route. Aboard the intimate boats, riders glimpse some of the city's most eye-plucking sights, such as the Civil War–era Castle Pinckney and the newly constructed Cooper River Bridge—a popular haunt for dolphins who frolic about or shout at humans to speak dolphin when they’re on the sea.

10 Wharfside St
Charleston,
SC
US

The experienced technicians at Praise Detailing rejuvenate cars with a trio of detailing packages. The gold, silver, and bronze packages include three levels of detailing, which feature a hand wash, tire shine, and an interior cleaning. After scrubbing and shining each nook and cranny, Praise Detailing’s techs will apply a wax coating to help protect the paint against wear and tear from racing alligators through local swamps.

1939 Belgrade Avenue
Charleston,
SC
US

Handling more than just the swap-out of your car's oily core, the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change comes standard with a fresh-from-the-box oil filter; checking and filling of transmission, differential, and power-steering, and windshield-washer fluids; and a detailed inspection of the antifreeze and coolant reservoirs, engine air-filtration system, serpentine belts, wiper blades, and exterior lights. To merge mechanical harmony with aesthetic vibrancy, the friendly, certified technicians at Jiffy lube also wipe and clean the outside windows and vacuum the floors inside in search of rogue nickels, all of which are returned to their proper owner, The Ghost of Abraham Lincoln.

1971 Sam Rittenberg Blvd
Charleston,
SC
US

If you should ever walk into one of Hay Tire Pros’ shops and someone isn’t at the front desk, don’t worry—it probably means Remus, the Hay family’s sociable black lab, is covering while the attendant stepped out. That, or owner Henry Hay will call out to you and invite you into his office. For more than 30 years, Henry and his team have upheld Southern hospitality as the central component of their business. When Henry’s son David came on board, he gave him one direction for interacting with guests: treat them like Mom.

Today, as members of the Tire Pros network of independent tire dealers, the Hays sell and service tires from brands such as Michelin, Uniroyal, and Firestone. Beyond the wheels, auto technicians tend to the rest of vehicles with maintenance services such oil changes, running computer diagnostics, and refilling the air conditioner with ice cubes. The waiting area invites guests to relax with free fresh popcorn and a section for kids. For those who need to get on with their day, the shop’s staff offers complimentary shuttle service to local destinations.

444 Savannah Hwy
Charleston,
SC
US

Midas Auto Service Experts unleash more than 50 years of experience and a host of vehicle-maintenance services to keep buggies in optimum health. Technicians tune up autos with preventative-maintenance measures such as replacing outdated fluids with up to 5 quarts of conventional or synthetic oil, restoring alignment to wobbly wheels, and putting a stop to runaway rides with NAPA-brand brake installations. Mechanics also perform exhaust services to ensure environmental compliance, shape up suspensions, and keep mannequin passengers made of ice from melting with climate-control repairs.

1875 Sam Rittenberg Blvd
Charleston,
SC
US

Cars can park themselves, but because they notoriously refuse to out of spite, AirValet offers chauffeured and long-term parking services for customers flying in and out of Birmingham-Shuttlesworth, Louisville, and Charleston International Airports. Clients drop their vehicle with AirValet before their trip. Upon their return, they call the number on the valet ticket and attendants deliver the car to the right terminal curb. Interior and exterior car detailing is also available to restore sedans, SUVs, and war chariots to their once-magnificent splendor.

5500 International Boulevard
North Charleston,
SC
US