After emigrating from east Africa in 1974, Bashir Hirjee started detailing cars in a small bay in his father's Texaco station. Today, Bashir's detailing center, Bashir’s Auto Cosmetics, could swallow several such bays, as the sprawling facility covers 16,000 square feet and services up to 150 cars per week. Inside the center, autos enter a 110-foot tunnel for a thorough lambscloth car wash before a slew of protectants enhance paint and inhibit rust. Customers can take refuge in Bashir's 800-square-foot lobby while they wait, running fingers along the handmade mahogany furniture or easing into a leather sofa to enjoy the view of a flat-screen TV. A 150-foot red carpet also runs adjacent to the auto wash tunnel, letting drivers keep watch over their sudsy vehicle like a school chaperone on a class trip to the water park.
Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
The trained, experienced technicians at Definitive Detail & Tint dole out a wide range of auto services aimed at refreshing wagons' interiors and exteriors. Each exterior wash ($39.99) is performed by hand, with wheels cleaned and tires dressed, and the interior clean ($39.99) sees the floor, seats, and trunk vacuumed and dashboards detailed. Customers can further pamper vehicles with add-on services such as leather conditioner ($45.94+), paint sealant ($79.95), headlight restoration ($49.99 for the pair), and windshield massages. Interior detailing ($159.99) provides a deep clean for cars’ insides, shampooing carpets and floor mats and scouring vents, instrument panels, and trim. During the roughly one-hour standard detail, waiting customers can entertain themselves by watching the shop’s flat-screen TV or using the free WiFi to update their newly beautified car's Facebook status to “single.”
The auto technicians at Derek's Auto Detail & Hand Car Wash revitalize vehicles with full-service scrubbings both inside and out. They clean cars from roof to tire with myriad services, all of which include hand washes. The team thoroughly scours interiors with vacuums, and treats exteriors to wax and window cleanings that make panes as transparent as a toddler with truth-serum-spiked juice. Additionally, the auto aestheticians at Derek's offer specialized services such as enzyme-and-odor treatment and conditioning for leather seats and trim.
Mutual Detail has spruced up Seattle rides since 1998. An array of interior and exterior wash and detail packages treat cars to hand washes, chamois drying, vacuums, and luxe add-ons such as waxes, tire dressing, and polish, which, depending on cars’ paint color, is applied by hand, machine, or telekinesis. In addition to its detailing packages, Mutual Detail also offers a la carte services such as wheel polishing, engine steam cleaning, and leather conditioning. They also use Optima Steam Clean Technology: an eco-friendly system that eschews chemicals and only needs 1.5–2.5 gallons of water to clean, sanitize, and deodorize cars.
Keep both insides and outsides of cars out of sticky situations with de-gunking services from the car kaisers of Lubeworld and Washworld. A standard oil change on your prized wagon includes chassis lubrication, oil filter, tire pressure check, a 23-point inspection, and more, ensuring that no frictiony stowaways make a home in your engine block. No appointment is necessary.