VIP Express has been in the business of sparklizing autos since 1968. During each of two 20- to 30-minute detailing sessions, an exterior wash and hand-spray waxing give steel steeds a bodily shine to reflect back the jealous looks of dingy mopeds and besmirched dune buggies. Inside-and-out window polishing invites second-guessing about glass's existence, and scrubbed wheels and rims outfit each car with fancy new footwear. Inside the car, a vacuum picks up finely aged potato-chip crumbs, and shampooed floor mats and conditioned consoles provide a pristine ridescape for lengthy road trips and quick treks to the taxidermist.
When your car smells like the dog has been driving his pup pals around after a day at the beach, Platinum Hand Car Wash ousts the odors with specialty antibacterial cleaning. In fact, the technicians are trained to hide any evidence of a canine presence during detailing services, plucking pet hair from upholstery and polishing away paw prints from the console. They also work hard to get exteriors gleaming, shielding color with clear coat protectant and cleaning tires and rims by hand.
Wise Wash takes the time to wash vehicles by hand, ensuring that roadsters are scoured inside and out and returned to owners clean enough to fry an egg on. To instill a little extra sparkle, the shop provides full detail and waxing services, as well as ? la carte upgrades such as carpet shampooing, leather conditioning, and coats of Rain-X or windshield protector. Wise Wash also caters to busy drivers with all-day service, easy in-and-out bays, and complimentary pickup and delivery.
It all began with a 1998 BMW 328i. As lifelong car enthusiast Ivan Rajic learned how to care for his prized vehicle, he discovered that proper auto maintenance involves much more than a simple wash and wax. His research and experimentation with detailing products and techniques led him to found LUSTR Auto Detail in 2007. He emphasizes quality over quantity, spending up to a full day perfecting each vehicle from the inside out. Whether he is preparing a Ferrari for an auto show with concours-level services or treating a well-traveled minivan to a basic exterior detail, Rajic approaches each vehicle with care and respect. He employs only pH-balanced shampoos, nonacidic wheel cleaners, and soft-sheepskin wash mitts to leave cars clean enough to host high tea during rush hour.
For 19 years, Marine-veteran owner Paul Kludac and the car buffs at Detail Kings have harnessed the restorative power of elbow grease during full-service, hands-on car-wash and detailing services. Whether locking in shine with Armor All applications, evicting paint-dulling contaminants with clay service, or hiding minor swirls with carnauba-wax massages, technicians remind outer shells to return to their show-room origins. Kludac personally inspects every one of the tens of thousands of automobiles that leave his facility every year, making sure that the sparkle in each vehicle shows off the staff's meticulous approach. This commitment to car cleaning know-how has not only made the shop a Business of the Year finalist by the Downers Grove and Woodridge Chamber of Commerce, but has also earned it celebrity clients, including Michael Jordan and all cars in Public Enemies, starring Johnny Depp.