Chains have greater name recognition, but family-owned companies are more likely to have personal relationships with their customers. Or so says Dolphin Car Wash owner Dan LaFaver, who encourages his employees to get to know customers on a first-name basis. That’s not to say that the business shuns all major brands though; the certified staff works with Valvoline products during services, which include replenishing motor-oil reserves, upgrading windshield wipers, and brightening headlights. After any service, clients can use Dolphin’s fleet of free vacuums for additional cleanup or supplemental tickling.
ProClean Auto Wash pampers automotive exteriors with convenient facilities for blasting bugs off of windshields and scraping grime off of grills. Swing in for an automatic wash ($7) to declog your car's fiberglass pores, leaving it more radiant than a burning pile of flashlights. Cars who measure adoration in elbow grease will savor an affectionate hand wash of their delicate curves at ProClean Auto Wash's self-serve stations ($3 for first five minutes). Use a pressure washer to blast away filth and dirt until you're able to see your reflection and, like in every Disney movie, you find out who you really are.
Washing the family car at home can waste hours of daylight and gallons of water. At Waterworks Car Wash, the staff?s green practices help car owners save time and shrink their carbon footprints. During car washes, dirty cars travel through a standard conveyor belt, then employees hand-dry vehicles and vacuum. Techs are equally conscientious during detail sessions, applying wax with an orbital polisher and cleaning interior carpeting with dry foam. Waiting customers find respite within the shop, where comfortable tables surrounded by ocean-blue tile offer a place for them to have a snack or write long love letters to their cars.