The presenters at the 2011 Hoodie Awards couldn’t hide their shock when, for the fourth year in a row, Showroom Shine Express Detailing took home the prize for Best Detail Shop, exclaiming, “They defend it every year!” The award was no surprise to the shop’s lengthy list of regulars, a loyal group that includes professional athletes, tons of locals, and the annual Ferrari calendar’s racy centerfold car. The staff sends rides from its lot to gleam in the sunshine, or it deploys its mobile detailing team to you. The meticulous detailing packages cover cars and SUVs from bottom to top as the team members scrub tires, shampoo carpets, wipe consoles, and wash and wax exteriors. They can also tint windows, repair windshields, and clear out foggy headlights.
Fully dedicated to vehicular beauty and upkeep, the technicians at Presidential Auto Detailing meticulously detail the interiors and exteriors of cars, SUVs, motorbikes, boats, and RVs. A clay-bar treatment over the body, windows, and tires helps dislodge embedded surface contaminants, followed by a wax to increase cars’ gleam. Inside the cabin, staffers wipe the dash and console, shampoo carpets, and vacuum dirt out of even the tiniest crevices and Lilliputian hiding places. They also condition all leather and shine motors. Presidential also tints vehicles’ windows, with technicians affixing durable SunTek film to reduce glare, filter out the sun's UVs, and increase privacy.
Auto Spa's top-of-the-line speedy Lustra wash ($12) pampers the most mobile member of your family with an exterior wash it will never forget. Send your reeking roadster or soiled sedan into the conveyorized express tunnel, where it will have its surface scrubbed and hubcaps rubbed into a sublime state of shininess. Soft-cloth cleansing mechanisms, meanwhile, wash your horseless carriage's delicate underbelly and behind-the-ear areas. Auto Spa will also solemnly remove any insects that have met their untimely end upon the war-torn windshield, notify their loved ones, and give them a proper burial. A Lustra surface gloss will then be lovingly applied to your auto-wagon's surface, coating it with iridescent brighteners and ultraviolet protection. The wash is concluded when the sopping vehicle is turbo-dried, smacked on the bottom, and effectively reborn into automotive existence.
Ziebart's auto aficionados dispel grit and grime with their exclusive brand of products and specialized equipment. Beginning with a hand wash, washer-persons lovingly scrub exteriors, eliminating road residue. Asserting their dominance over technology, attentive technicians compel machines to polish paintjobs, restoring luster to chromatic coverings and buffing light scratches. Motorcar magicians then cast a sparkling spell on chrome, trim, tires, wheels, and glass. The two-hour buggy bath concludes with an application of a Ziebart- seasonal protective paint coating, which defends shine from the constant attacks of UV rays and the jeering taunts of envious starlight.
Auto Spa Etc. hosts a talented crew with a knack for freeing vehicles of filth and grime, using elevated water pressure to de-soil street steeds during a full-service wash and dry topped off with Rain-X surface protectant. The touchless car wash and gas station at Auto Spa Etc. also team up with expert technicians to retool vehicles with meticulous detailing and maintenance services.
Since its inception almost 40 years ago, Complete Auto Body and Truck Repair has prioritized customer convenience. To realize this goal, owner Kurt Barks has implemented a 24-hour customer-service phone line, which, as he tells FenderBender magazine, assuages the frustration people feel when they can’t contact personnel after hours. “People don’t want to speak to a computer; they want to talk to somebody who cares,” Kurt says, underscoring his commitment to quick service and antirobot propaganda. He parlays this emphasis into a host of shop amenities, including 24-hour towing service, discounted rental cars, and complimentary drop-off service to locations within 5 miles of the shop. A novel Service, Park & Fly program even ferries customers to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport while an ASE-certified crew rehabs rides and stores them until their owners return from out of town.
As drivers approach the North Lindbergh location, a life-sized elephant greets them and guides the way toward state-of-the-art bays. Here, the team provides routine car care and more extensive repairs, backing all of their bodywork with a lifetime guarantee void only if cars become immortal. Customers who decide to stay on the premises while they wait can luxuriate in the comfort of a spacious lounge.
At Skyview Carwash, robotic washers and old-fashioned elbow grease collide to restore cars to a showroom shine. Vehicles zip through the sudsy tunnel for a thorough exterior wash and rinse, including spritzes of Blue Coral undersealant and triple coat and helpings of Rain-X protectant. Once exteriors are clean and shiny, car-wash attendants groom interiors by vacuuming up dirt, clearing smudges from windows, and donating old pine-tree air fresheners to the deprived lumberjacks of the world.