Monroe Car Wash & Detail Center owner John Lilly doesn’t just preach honesty; he practices it. When customer Harold Heiney left his wallet at the car wash, he got a call from Lilly the very next morning. Upon picking up the billfold, a very grateful Heiney found its contents neatly enveloped and rubber banded, lying beside the soggy wallet.
Needless to say, Heiney became a vocal supporter of the car wash, and not just for its Simoniz-trained and certified detail technicians or 100-foot long, computer-controlled wash system. Also the model of integrity, they suds up each auto even if it’s forgotten to bring its rubber ducky, then banishes moisture with a 70 hp, touch-free air dryer before a technician towel dries the exterior by hand. In addition to protecting the environment with biodegradable products, Monroe goes green by recycling all its water—in fact, each wash requires 3 gallons of fresh water. Besides wash packages, customers can take advantage of express detail services or executive full service detail packages.
Featured by Auto Detailing Network, Gotham Auto Works revivifies rides' luster by doctoring damage and paint deprecation and safeguarding them against weather and road hazards. Owner and Danbury native Kevin Awalt performs each detailing service himself—be it a Level One express auto detailing, featuring a polish/wax, tire dressing, and interior cleaning ($150+), or a headlight restoration (set of two lights is $100+)—ensuring that each rubber burner receives personal attention and meticulous care. Groom new vehicles for life on the road with a new-car prep and detailing ($499+), or highlight their Hollywood-ready faculties with SunTek High Performance window film tinting ($100+). Awalt shows his respect for his clients’ time and trust by remaining reachable by email or phone and providing a gallery of work on his website to exterminate any anxiety about subpar results.
Soap, wax, and vacuums fly into action at Fred’s Car Wash, tackling the layers of grime and salt that cling to cars and trucks. Fred’s has been fighting the battle against dirt for more than three decades, watching as the jalopies of yore gave way to the hovercrafts of today, which the car wash’s experts pamper with four levels of express or full washes. This range of services lets clients decide whether their autos need a basic showering and hand drying, or if they could benefit from coats of foam protectant and Rain-X products. The car wash’s technicians also perform detail services, rejuvenating vehicular interiors with leather cleaner and vacuums or shining hulls with paste wax until hoods reflect the clouds and pterodactyls soaring above them.
The solar panels positioned on the roof of Greenwich Avenue Solar Car Wash are responsible for the facility’s warm water, which ably pries dirt and smears off cars. The solar photovoltaic panels, likewise, produce electricity that powers the car wash, making this spot an earth-friendly facility as well as a place where cars can recapture their cosmetic luster through wash packages and detailing. As cars move through the wash tunnels, kids can take aim with a spray gun and participate in the experience.
Originally founded in 1959 by Kurt Ziebart as Ziebart International Corporation, 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 across 30 countries. Performing everything from window tinting and professional detailing, the Shrewsbury outpost enlists an experienced staff to care for cars with high-end products, including seasonal paint protectant and the company's renowned rust inhibitors. Protecting cars inside and out, technicians also install accessories, such as remote car starters-alarm systems, window tint, trailer hitches, rhino-linings sprayed on truck bed-liners, and more.
Exclusive Auto Spa’s car-care specialists believe that sometimes it’s best to do things the old-fashioned way. Case in point: they protect cars, SUVs, and trucks from scratches by washing them by hand. Techs apply both paste and spray wax to keep exteriors shiny, they vacuum and shampoo interiors, and they tend to leather with specialized conditioners.