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Signature service: Foreign and domestic auto repair
Established: 2006
Reservations/Appointments: Optional
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Brands Used: Raybestos, Napa, Moog, KYB, Flowmaster, Mobil, Penwood
Pro Tip: Wifi Hotspot

Q&A with Chris Cartisano, owner/operator

What's one tip for first-time customers that will make them feel like regulars?
We offer complimentary WiFi and coffee, and no appointments are necessary.

When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I started working on cars at a young age with my friends and my dad.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We do complete car work, including diagnosis, engine and transmission work, and custom exhaust work.

475 River Rd.
Shelton,
CT
US

Shining autos since 1963, the team of associates at Russell Speeder's Car Wash attacks dirt and road debris with a timeless trio of soft-cloth scrubbers, meticulous cleaning, and specially calibrated solvents. After emerging from a shower of cascading water, cars fling open their doors and welcome three technicians ready to refurbish doors, seats, cup-holders, front rubber floor mats, air vents, backseat wine presses, and dashboards in less than 10 minutes using a German-engineered cleaning tool. Scrubbed window glass disappears from view, revealing beautified seats and refurbished mats. Once associates have finished their work, car owners can pry themselves from the comforts of a waiting room outfitted with a flat-screen television and an ironic-bumper-sticker decoder.

811 River Rd
Shelton,
CT
US

In 1981, lifelong Greenwich residents Mark Curtis and Chris Fisher traded in their business suits for sudsy sponges when they purchased Greenwich Car Wash. 13 years later, they renamed their business Splash to coincide with an innovative idea developed by the duo: wash the cars by hand while also using a conveyor to keep them moving rather than trying to coax them forward with candy. That approach was a huge hit, and soon, Splash began spinning off into additional locations.

Today, more than 15 Splash locations are peppered across the East Coast. What started as a humble two-man operation has grown into a franchise that employs more than 500 people and washes more than a million cars per year. At each location, cars receive the ultimate in pampering thanks to a list of services that includes hand washes, express washes, detailings, and oil changes. Despite such impressive growth, though, Splash remains true to its community-driven roots, working with more than 400 charitable organizations on an annual basis.

376 Bridgeport Ave
Shelton,
CT
US