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.
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.
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.
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.
So established is Circle K Midwest that even brand-new vehicles recognize what its red-and-white logo stands for—fuel, snacks, and everything else a car might need to keep powering down the road with its driver. Circle K's story starts back in 1951, when Fred Hervey bought three Kay's Food Stores in El Paso, Texas. Under his guidance, these three little shops grew into the more than 3,000 convenience stores that crouch on our nation's street corners today.
After rolling up to a Circle K, drivers can pump their faithful roadsters full of high-octane fuel and send them skipping through a car wash to experience the cleansing touch of Blue Coral Beyond Green and Rain-X products. Then it's time to step inside the air-conditioned shop for a peek at the provisions. Rows of sodas hibernate behind glass doors, and snacks, candy, and their ATM guardians stand boldly out in the open. Some Circle Ks also offer the Take Away Fresh Café, which presents an appetizing lineup of healthy road fare including sandwiches, fruit cups, and fresh-cut vegetables. Drivers can gear up for a long drive with premium coffees or enjoy a cold Polar Pop, whose specially formulated cup keeps drinks colder thanks to the family of tiny snowmen trapped in its foam walls.
Local highways, driveways, and parking lots teem with sparkling cars thanks in part to Country Club Car Wash's 20-plus years of automotive grooming. The touchless wash systems and detailers dole out doses of products seven days a week, catering to cars whose conditions range from "in need of a quick rinse," to "coated in ostrich feathers and silly string." Country Club's unlimited wash clubs allow motorists to sanitize their cars as often as they see fit, and the wash stations at each facility are flanked by a Mobil On the Run. For cars that need a little more TLC, motorists can steer into one of the two full-service stations.