McNeil's Auto Body's mindful mechanics keep horseless carriages in ship-shape with a wide range of repairs and diagnostics. Treat roadsters to an automotive spa day with a hand washing and waxing, letting technicians scrub windows on the inside and out, apply protective coats of carnauba wax, and vacuum out rapidly multiplying populations of fuzzy dice ($34.95 for cars, $44.95 for small SUVs and trucks, $64.95 for large SUVs and trucks). Interior-detail packages keep insides pleasant with pressure-washed floor mats, degreased vents, and a restorative layer of vinyl or leather conditioner ($89.95 for cars, $109.95 for small SUVs and trucks, $129.95 for large SUVs and trucks), and hidden parts stay in working order with engine degreasers ($24.95) and undercarriage rinses ($15.95).
Dirty, down-on-their-luck vehicles pass through AutoSpa Express’s 125-foot car-wash tunnel and emerge from the other end spick, span, and clean-shaven. The Ultimate wash begins with a dual-stage pre-soak and application of wheel-bright foam before proceeding through the high-pressure area, which uses a soft-touch wash cycle with triple-foam conditioner and triple-foam polish to leave cars glistening and treat any unsightly dandruff problems. Next, rust inhibitor is applied to the car’s ticklish undercarriage, then the car is rinsed in four stages and tire shine is applied for supernaturally glossy tires. Ten air-fueled dryers finish the three- to five-minute process, and each customer receives a vacuum token to suck up the hundreds of empty ketchup packets that constitute the floor of their portable kitchen.
At Complete Detail, teams of auto detailer treat vehicles with extensive cleaning packages. They follow stringent checklists that remove ground-in dirt from floor mats and cabins, as well as banish streaks from windows and scratches and swirls from paint jobs. A combination of Meguiar's products, elbow grease, and even q-tips that clean hard-to-reach areas keep auto bodies dust-free and glistening with a lustrous shine. Thanks to the cleaners' hard work and rapt attention to their tasks, Complete's crew earned the coveted privilege of helping to detail Air Force One, the most prestigious detailing task after polishing Andrew Jackson's steak knives.
Wash Me of Sandy's soft touch and touchless automatic wash tunnels emblazon automobiles with tri-foam cleaning agents and armor glass with Rain-X water repellants. Each seven-minute wash kicks off with a presoak to soften and gunk and film, followed by a tire cleaner, bug remover, and scented tri-foam lather to groom cars after rain showers or before blind dates in the car-pool lane. Blasts of water scour the undercarriage, disentangling the grip of grease and grime, and a spot rinse thoroughly combs the exterior to eviscerate residue and punctuate the wash with a reflective finish. Applications of Rain-X, which gild the glass in a water-repellant treatment that maximizes driver visibility during rain and drives through exploding cactus patches, conclude the treatment before a dryer dematerializes moisture, leaving cars arid and shiny from bumper to bumper.
Detailing cars since the age of 15, Cameron Ford, owner of Polished Image, has spent the bulk of his life in the field of auto detailing. His years of vanquishing dust, debris, and grit from all manner of vehicles has elevated his standard of what a truly clean vehicle should look, smell, and feel like. Since 1986, Cameron and his team have worked to uphold this high standard at Polished Image, even as the detail and repair shop spread to new locations and expanded its menu of services to include windshield replacement, fixing chipped paint, and removing custard pie stains caused from cutting off clown cars.
It takes 5–10 minutes to navigate through Gator Wash’s automated car-wash tunnel, depending on the type of tiered car wash chosen. Drivers choose from the Papa Gator, Mama Gator, and Baby Gator washes, all of which are built on a foundation of presoaking, high-pressure rinsing, heated drying, and strong, reptilian family values. Climbing up the tier, the car washes incorporate more intricate steps, such as triple-foam polishes and sealant waxes. As an added bonus, the facility offers complimentary vacuums for post-wash use.
Pioneer Car Wash & Detail's Ryko wash technology adeptly eradicates dirt and grime with closed-cell copolymer materials and trackless vehicle-detection systems. Agile technicians delve deeper into vehicular nooks and crannies during deep-cleaning detail services, and four self-serve wash bays stay open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, serving DIY drivers returning from the night shift or cars on their way to cocktail parties. Reloadable gift cards lend convenience to wash regulars, boat detail services tend to marine muck, and a self-serve dog-wash bay promises four-legged friends a bath composed of warm water, hypoallergenic shampoo, and air dryers.