Blow-drying is a staple at salons, but at Black Tie Auto Detailing, the pampering salon treatment is reserved for your car. After meticulous hand washes—which include tire dressing, window cleaning, and even interior vacuuming—technicians blow-dry exteriors, then rub them down with scratch-free chamois cloths. The detailing company’s team also specializes in high-end and classic cars, and blow-drying is just one of the luxury treatments they use to beautify them and other vehicles; they also steam-clean upholstery and rub down exteriors with clay bars, rather than with massages that would be entirely lost on the vehicles.
Brake-O-Rama began as one location in 1949 but now boasts 14 service centers speckled across the East Coast. Together these automotive hospitals work as a force, repairing and maintaining domestic and imported vehicles of virtually any make and model. Before sourcing spare parts from the company's private warehouses, Brake-O-Rama's ASE-certified technicians thoroughly analyze vehicles with advanced diagnostic technology that includes four-wheel computerized alignment systems, electron microscopes that scan for chipped paint finishes, and magnifying glasses ever in search for clues to Professor Plum's murder. Meanwhile, Firestone, Goodyear, and Michelin tires fill the supply closets, allowing the patrons to tighten their grip on the asphalt before a cross-country trip.
Elkins Chevrolet is a restorative oasis in the desert of automotive disrepair, housing experienced service technicians willing to sully their hands replacing up to five quarts of spent engine grease with a fresh batch of sable lubrication. Cars may employ dipsticks as straws, lapping up two oil changes over the course of a year, making today’s Groupon an ideal fit for two-car families or automobiles piloted by squeaky tin men. Customers may upgrade to synthetic, diesel, or imported olive oil for an additional fee.
Racetrack Auto Spa & Lube uses a soft-touch cleaning system to gently restore cars to their natural states of sparkle. During The Works washes, high-speed transporters receive triple-foam soapings, hand-towel pat downs, and polishings. Auto pamperers vacuum car floors and seats, wipe the dashboard, clean and defog windows, and clear dirt and jam from doorjambs. The wash also includes an undercarriage wash, wheel treatment, and clear coats of protective wax that make a car shine brighter than a bird wrapped in tinfoil flying toward the sun.
Custom Factory Installations' technicians don't see vehicles as they are, but as what they can become. This is because for more than 25 years they have outfitted cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, and RVs with after-market upgrades that enrich each owner's driving experience. Their basic remote-start systems enable drivers to turn on their autos from up to 1,000 feet away. As electronic auto specialists, the technicians can also provide and install anything from audio and video systems, security, and navigation devices to LED/HID lighting, window tinting, and electronic diagnosis.