For seven years, Jay Gleeson ran a successful real-estate-appraisal firm, but as he mentions on his site, he "knew it couldn't last forever." And so Jay looked into other business ventures, soon trading real-estate statements for a polishing cloth. Today, he and his crews clean cars inside and out using green products that are gentle on cars’ clear coats and fresh tattoos. Their tunnel system treats 100% of its water, and as much as 80% of water is recycled after service—steps which earned the Lakewood location an efficiency certification from Denver Water. This adherence to environmentally friendly standards applies to every service, from express exterior washes in less than three minutes to the Xtreme Make Over in less than three hours.
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.
Husband-and-wife duo Kevin and Marisa Gomez opened Superior Auto Image to keep cars looking as young as the day they rolled off the sales lot with repair and maintenance services and a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. Fully accredited by the Better Business Bureau, Superior Auto Image not only repairs and replaces windshields, but also performs window tinting and headlight restoration for all makes and models of automobile. Technicians can also apply clear 3M bras on any area of the car, offering full protection from dirt, flying rocks, or flying insects disguised as rocks. Professional detailers can also treat cars to a waxing that makes them sparkle.
Pro Import’s ASE-certified master technician and team of factory-trained experts maintain, repair, and detail cars of all makes and models, including their specialties: Toyota, Lexus, Honda, and Acura. They restore and install tires, change oil, and perform tune-ups to ensure cars travel smoothly, like a bullet train through the Great Tunnel of Lard. In the detailing center, 3M products lend a helpful hand to cleaning crews, who sweep through vehicles inside and out during five different packages—from the simple wash, wax, and vacuum of the Bronze service to the fully loaded Platinum Plus detail, complete with three coats of wax, a high-speed polish, and a clay-bar treatment.
The detailers at Mike's Auto Spa designed a signature process to leave vehicles looking like they just came off the line. They start by documenting the car's condition, flipping through the car’s old baby pictures, and thoroughly washing its exterior. They then clean engines and treat leather or carpet interiors. Then it's back to the exterior, where they apply compounds and polishes that leave paint jobs shiny, protect windshields, clean headlights as needed, and shine tires. Finally, they perform a triple-check on every part of the vehicle.
If customers don't have time for the signature treatment, Mike's team also scrubs up vehicles with express services. Vehicles roll through the car wash tunnel, before heading to the vacuum lane, where staffers suck up dirt and crumbs.
D & T Ultimate Auto Detail specializes in restoration, whether it's a classic car, exotic vehicle, or carpooling minivan. D & T's technicians draw from their 25 years of detailing experience to get any make and model looking like new. Services include waxing and buffing, steam extracting carpets and seats, and bug and tar removal. On staff are also two 3M-certified technicians who install ClearBras for protection, and a Master Auto Glass Technician to repair and replace windshields dinged by pebbles or zinged by witty bumper stickers. Other services include headlight cleaning, window tinting, and color sanding.