For three decades, Commack Hand Car Wash and Detail Center has broadcast a single mission from its red-and-white awning: 100% Hand Car Wash. Cars roll into tunnels where technicians spray, suds, and wash exteriors, applying tire protectant or wax to maintain the squeakiness for weeks to come. On the inside, vacuums ferret out grime from every upholstered crevice, and dashboards breathe free of dust. Commack's treatment ensures that delicate auto bodies have no physical contact with machines, reducing flashbacks of when they had to sit on Mechagodzilla's knee at Christmas.
The sounds of scrubbing, buffing, and contented vehicles gossiping about the bedside manner of gas-station attendants echo throughout Babylon Auto Detailing, Inc.'s 2,500-square-foot facility. Any vessel of land, sea, or sky—including motorcycles, boats, and airplanes—lucky enough to discover the shop will quickly find the paint-restoring detail clays, waxes, and carpet shampoo its little mechanical heart desires. Backed by a $2 million insurance policy and their own priceless experience, BAD's technicians gussy up all modes of transport with paint and body repairs, interior Scotchgard protection, and headlight restorations; they also delve into onsite electronics installations, window tinting, and motorcycle storage. So vehicle-friendly and encouraging is the staff that dealership autos, limousine fleets, and cars roughed up by packs of rogue Mardi Gras floats all seek solace at the shop's front door.
Though jets of foam and spinning brushes are effective at removing the majority of grime from cars, it takes the gentle and precise attention of the human hand to render chassis completely clean. Centereach Hand Wash & Detail Center’s technicians lend their dexterous mitts toward each visitor’s auto as they towel dry mirrors, wipe down dashes, and discreetly pick mailboxes out of grills. The shop also offers detailing services, which include such amenities as leather conditioning and chrome polishing. Active for more than 45 years, the center’s recently remodeled home invites drivers in with refreshed facades and an interior viewing area stocked with automotive necessities.
Outstretched red awnings beckon to dirt-caked automobiles at Bethpage Car Wash, inviting cars to cleanse their exteriors in a recently renovated and upgraded automated wash tunnel. After staff members vacuum and wipe down vehicle interiors, a conveyor lures cars into a gauntlet of blue and yellow arches that erupt with soapy water and Rain-X protectant. Tumbling neoprene brushes scrub away gunk as a computerized system apportions the right amount of soapy solution to each car's body, wheels, and built-in soap dispenser. After passing through blustery jet dryers, a fully stocked accessory section plies materialistic cars with mats, air fresheners, and wiper blades. During the week, Bethpage Car Wash maintains late-night hours until 10 p.m., helping cars clean up after rolling through late-night rendezvous or egging the principal’s RV.
Attendants hand wash each car that passes through Lindenhurst Hand Car Wash with their lamb skin wool mitts. In addition to waxing cars and shining tires, the staff members also offer interior and exterior car-detailing services.
Amity Car Wash & Detail Center scours vehicles inside and out with four wash packages—the top two of which include a 48-hour rain guarantee—and three detailing packages. Blue Coral and Simoniz products play major parts in the effort to supply every vehicle with a just-cleaned shine. When not drying cars with hand towels or feeding hood ornaments treats for sitting still, the shop's crew helps local schools, clubs, and sports teams raise money and protect the environment through a Think Green fundraising program.