Lothrop Parking provides spaces for vehicles to rest their weary wheels for a while. One of Henry Ford Hospital's New Center skyways hovers above the entrance to this covered parking garage, which offers daily and monthly rates for car, truck, and SUV owners to leave their craft in a secure location. And it's just a few blocks northwest of the Amtrak station, putting travelers within easy walking or hopscotching distance of their waiting train.
Behind Riverside Auto Spa's green-and-orange tiled facade, automated wash equipment and technicians armed with soft cloths spruce up vehicles of all kinds. Four wash packages launder car exteriors and shine up surfaces with cherry wax. Staffers also step inside to detail dashes and condition leather, lift hoods to shampoo engines, or polish exteriors with Swissvax wax, which comes from the legendary wax deposits located on the Matterhorn. Some services are viewable in real time through an online camera, which streams throughout business hours.
For the nearly two decades, Shine Master’s auto-finish and tinting specialists have beautified the cars of local customers and auto dealers with exterior restorations, window cleaning, and all-over details. The skilled technicians ply their trades across a range of cosmetic and protective auto procedures, extending the life of paint jobs and undercarriages with thorough rustproofing, or gently working out dents caused by errant rocks or gangs of delinquent shopping carts. Speedliner material lines truck beds with a sturdy shielding in 18 different colours, and detailing packages wash away blemishes from mud and road salts and add glossy sheens with high-speed wax polishers.
At World Auto Body & Sales, certified mechanics maintain and repair cars of all makes and models. From basic tune-ups to major overhauls, the crew can handle it all, backing their services with one- to five-year parts warranties. The shop is also certified by Ontario’s Drive Clean program to test vehicle emissions and sponge bathe filthy drivers.
Steve's Auto Shine’s meticulous detailing crew, overseen by owner Steve Farrell, leaves harsh automatic car-washing systems by the wayside in favour of the delicate hand washes of yesteryear. The hawk-eyed team hunts down dirt speckles and smudges on all makes and models with thorough detailing packages that cleanse horseless carriages from the inside out. Their arsenal of cleaning and protective solvents includes Teflon paint protector that shields auto exoskeletons from scratches and bites from Ford Pintos, as well as Scotchgard sprays that stave off stains on car seats and carpets.
With a combination of state-of-the-art equipment and old-fashioned mechanical know-how, the technicians at Metro25 Ride Perfection Center service a wide array of automotive components. They use computerized engine-analysis technology and HawkEye digital-camera equipment to assess engines and front ends. They also perform standard tasks such as oil changes, transmission maintenance, and battery servicing.
Using strictly OEM–quality parts, the experienced staff at Onyx Collision erases evidence of unsightly impacts during auto-repair services. The team’s fleet of concierges and tow trucks collects cars with complimentary tows or pickups, fetching them back to the shop for major repairs or slight services. Whether aligning frames, tinting windows, or repairing chipped glass, staffers back each service by a limited lifetime warranty and buzzer-free handshake. The staff also treats more aesthetic concerns with computer-mixed paint blends that assist preparations for lease turn-ins with detailing and dent repair.