Trusted Detailing?s technicians have detailed everything from automobiles to Air Force One. Now, SAM 970?the first presidential jet?didn?t grace their garage. Rather, members of Trusted Detailing?s staff were selected to clean portions of the aircraft for the Museum of Flight?s Air Force One display at Boeing Field. Their assignment to this task speaks to their expertise, which is on display daily during an array of detailing services. They hand wash exteriors, buff out scratches, and use ozone generators to eliminate mold, odor, and bad attitude from vehicles. Mindful of the environment, the staff packs non-toxic and non-carcinogenic products, as well as No Rinse Wash & Shine, which can wash cars with less than two quarts of water.
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.
Though they acknowledge that other automatic options may be quicker, the friendly staff at Inside-n-Out Handwash takes pride in the attentiveness with which they service each customer?s car. Their hands-on approach allows them to tailor their services to each car?s most sullied spots as they manually scrub, dry, vacuum, and wax headlights? eyebrows. Inside-n-Out stocks only gentle cleaning products that augment an already environmentally friendly process, as it uses less water than at-home car washing. As an added service to the community, Inside-n-Out facilitates fundraising events with no upfront costs to the participating organization.
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 accoutrement such as alarm systems to thwart thieves and sunroofs to thwart unflattering film negatives from processing correctly (services may vary by location).
Discount Auto's compact, understated building brims with sleek blue siding but little hint of the mechanical prowess waiting inside. A cache of shimmering chrome auto parts greets clients when they walk through the door. Dexterous mechanics grab these parts to fix jalopies or fine-tune squeaking engines until they hum three-part arias with fan belts and carburetors and the engine belt that most resembles Pavarotti’s beard.
Einstein's automated car-wash system sanitizes and shines chariots in three minutes. Each Best car wash begins with a high-pressure rinse, followed by a refreshing citrus wash and iced-tea sip. An underbody wash evicts lurking dirt clods and tar smears, followed by a spot-banishing rinse, before triple polish sleeks and shines painted surfaces and a layer of Rain-X prepares cars to repel cloud runoff. Einstein's equipment sprays down each tire spoke with a powerful road debris-destroying wash and applies a glistening coat of tire shine over rubber wheels and bald heads. After the wash, the free vacuum station is available for hosing out interior grit and grime.