The presenters at the 2011 Hoodie Awards couldn’t hide their shock when, for the fourth year in a row, Showroom Shine Express Detailing took home the prize for Best Detail Shop, exclaiming, “They defend it every year!” The award was no surprise to the shop’s lengthy list of regulars, a loyal group that includes professional athletes, tons of locals, and the annual Ferrari calendar’s racy centerfold car. The staff sends rides from its lot to gleam in the sunshine, or it deploys its mobile detailing team to you. The meticulous detailing packages cover cars and SUVs from bottom to top as the team members scrub tires, shampoo carpets, wipe consoles, and wash and wax exteriors. They can also tint windows, repair windshields, and clear out foggy headlights.
Fully dedicated to vehicular beauty and upkeep, the technicians at Presidential Auto Detailing meticulously detail the interiors and exteriors of cars, SUVs, motorbikes, boats, and RVs. A clay-bar treatment over the body, windows, and tires helps dislodge embedded surface contaminants, followed by a wax to increase cars’ gleam. Inside the cabin, staffers wipe the dash and console, shampoo carpets, and vacuum dirt out of even the tiniest crevices and Lilliputian hiding places. They also condition all leather and shine motors. Presidential also tints vehicles’ windows, with technicians affixing durable SunTek film to reduce glare, filter out the sun's UVs, and increase privacy.
Auto Spa Etc. hosts a talented crew with a knack for freeing vehicles of filth and grime, using elevated water pressure to de-soil street steeds during a full-service wash and dry topped off with Rain-X surface protectant. The touchless car wash and gas station at Auto Spa Etc. also team up with expert technicians to retool vehicles with meticulous detailing and maintenance services.
At Mobil 1 Lube Express, a troop of trained technicians replaces old oil with up to 5 quarts of new fluid, screwing in a brand-new filter to match. Then, they'll put on their safety caps and perform an inspection—which includes checking fluids, lights, belts, and tires—before turning steering wheels left and asking tailpipes to cough twice. Cleaners equipped with smudge-eradicating suds and dust-hungry vacuums move in next, targeting grime and fingerprint mosaics with a full-service wash and hand dry, vacuuming interiors, and applying Rain-X and triple-foam protectants for extra defense against the elements. An application of rust inhibitor protects metallic veneers from corrosion, and a coating of Bugg Off affords rides a layer of defense against clingy insects and children wearing trendy magnetic vests. Specialists will also blast away crud from carriage underbellies and decorate wheels and tires with sprays of Wheel Brite and a tire shine.
At DentEx, auto technicians fix dents and assess necessary repairs through a meticulous, customer-centric process. They can replace everything from windshields and moldings to sheet metal parts and the soundtrack from Night Rider. Besides mending wounded buggies, they also maintain them with thorough detailing packages, restoring them to a showroom appearance.
More than 10 years of expertise back technicians' work at Pro Car Care Minor Auto Body, where they guarantee small to medium-sized repairs such as cracks, hail damage, bent bumpers, and body work for minor collisions. In addition to these jobs, the shop tackles whole-car detailing with an arsenal of leather conditioners and paint protectants. Pro Car Care prides itself on its quick turnaround, sending detailed cars home within hours and completing most repairs within one or two days, or as long it takes to give each engine component a great big bear hug.