The technicians at The Detailsmith don't treat their business as a factory. They think of it more as the workshop of a fine craftsman, where they draw from a well-honed toolbox of degreasers, stain removers, and polishes to ensure their efforts endure far past the next rain storm. In fact, they only schedule two jobs a day, which gives them plenty of time to peruse each nook and cranny with an electron microscope. They practice their detailing handiwork on an elite client list that includes the Sonoma County Office of Education, the Sebastopol Police Department, and the City of Santa Rosa. One of their signature services is the presale prep, performed for the likes of dealerships and private clients alike. The service gives cars a head-to-toe makeover using clay bars, professional-grade sealants, engine cleaners, and interior conditioners that repel UV rays.
For more than 21 years, Mendocino Avenue Car Wash & Detail Center has been fortifying vehicles against exterior damage. Soft-cloth machines wash away rain stains and dirt before technicians wipe down exteriors by hand or leave the work to the automated rotations of a hand buffer, either way, ending up with a new car smell air-freshener. Open 7 days a week, Mendocino, offers full detail packages including coats of carnuba wax, upholstery deep cleaning, and interior vinyl and leather conditioning. While their rides get gussied, drivers can peruse the gift shop's tiny figurines, model cars, dolls, and stuffed animals, as well as magnetic-therapy bracelets that will help you snag a date with a cute young paper clip.
The Diamond Certified lube shop—which opened its work bays in 1987 and still employs techs who have been there for more than 20 years—houses bottles of Pennzoil Conventional ready for use during 10-minute engine injections. If desired, drivers can upgrade to synthetic oil for an additional charge.
While onboard, zone out to Sirius radio, treat mitts to a warm scented towel, or surf the Internet with complimentary WiFi. Blue Groundways also offers onboard bistro service (with fresh, non-frozen fare), pillows and blankets on hand, a climate-controlled cabin, and Starbucks brews. If you're of the legal age, a complimentary alcoholic beverage will find its way to your hand; if you aren't, then enjoy an equally complimentary soda. You can also lounge back in spacious seating and pass the time with Blockbuster movies.
The crew at BLS Mobile Auto Detailing understands the importance of science as it relates to cars. They take the time to understand the chemistry behind the products they use, ensuring to employ spot-free water polishers, cleaning agents, and paint restoration chemicals. They specialize in exotic and luxury cars, but also expertly care for cars of all makes and models by performing meticulous procedures such as hot-water upholstery cleaning, windshield treatments, and leather rejuvenation—and pass many of their basic techniques on to customers through instructional videos. They also perform details for specialty craft such as motorcycles, RVs, trucks, and planes.