The sight of Empire Auto Detailers' white and orange vans rolling down the street strikes fear into the scratchy, whirring brushes of automatic car washes everywhere. The source of this dread is not the vans' self-sufficient supply of water and electricity, nor is it the onboard supplies and rain-shielding canopy; it is the technicians riding inside. These dedicated detailing experts roam the Baltimore area ready to perform fully-loaded service packages that incorporate biodegradable carpet shampoos and steam cleaners, paint sealants that last from three months to one year, and waxes that leave cars with the sleek, wet look of a seal zooming down a Slip 'n' Slide. Ever ready to help autos in need, the technicians lend their careful hands to tint windows, install audio and alarm systems, and repair wheels and rims.
The ASE-certified mechanics ratcheting away inside First Choice Automotive's 20 full-service repair bays carry AAA approval in addition to required factory trainings and years of experience inspecting both cars and motorcycles. The shop's exclusively in-house work ranges from simple oil changes to complex repairs, and top-notch components from manufacturers such as Michelin, Carquest, and Valvoline back up each service with trusted brands. The shop keeps its doors flung wide seven days a week, and eases the process for owners of cars in need of major services with free towing and free loaner cars. All automotive work comes backed with a lifetime warranty, guaranteed same-day services, and free lift rides for well-behaved cars.
The technicians at Iconic Window Tinting treat each visiting automobile the same way an expert tailor treats a client at a suit fitting. The process for applying tinted film is highly customized: a machine slices segments that fit the vehicle’s make and model before technicians adhere the film to windows, preventing visible gaps and fingerprints. Technicians avoid common pitfalls, such as rounded corners that don't cover the entire window and uneven, hand-cut film. The nonmetallic tints shield car interiors from the sun without disrupting radio or cell-phone signals, and a lifetime warranty guarantees that the film won't crack, turn purple, or bubble like a fruitless attempt at a science-fair volcano.
Because the business performs window-tinting services exclusively, even its setting is specialized. The garages maintain an optimal temperature for laying down the film, as well as an air-filtration system to guard against dust. Employees bring at least seven years of tinting experience to every car they service.
Drawing upon more than a decade of experience, Immaculate Detailing’s automotive caretakers polish vehicles inside and out during in-house and mobile detailing sessions. Armed with pro-quality waxes and cleansers from companies such as Meguiar’s, they restore showroom-ready shine to cars that have suffered through endless commutes, gotten caught in sudden rainstorms, or been parked inside of comically oversized cherry pies. Their fleet washing services keep company vehicles looking proud and polished all at once, preventing the need for multiple trips to the car wash. When techs aren't performing their standard detailing services, they also offer additional treatments including engine steam cleaning, pet hair removal, and clay bar treatments.
For more than 20 years, Michael Hasson and his technicians at The Detail Man have kept vehicles looking sleek and clean with hand waxes and thorough details. Handling everything from cars and trucks to boats and motorcycles, the technicians clean vehicles inside and out, dressing bumpers, scrubbing out stains, and keeping tires tidy.
Since 1978, Brett Aviation's FAA-certified flight instructors have imparted wisdom to fledgling aviators through programs ranging from discovery flights to full pilot certifications. Their trusty aircraft run skyward laps from its nest at Martin State Airport, allowing students to get a feel for flight controls and build the confidence that comes from hours spent aloft. Planes also take off on sightseeing flights, giving passengers aerial glimpses of such destinations as downtown Baltimore, Annapolis, and Ocean City at 120 miles per hour, just fast enough to outrun the tall ships that frequently drag-race down Chesapeake Bay.