When Mike's Carwash first opened in 1948, it was one of only 18 carwash businesses in the United States. Today, the family-owned establishment keeps the 65-year-old tradition of gussying up automobiles alive at 42 locations throughout the Midwest. At each location, accommodating staffers stand by to assist customers during the cleaning process. Decked out in cartoon neckties, the cheerful team ushers cars into computer-controlled washers that eschew traditional gear-operated brushes and baseball bats in favor of controlled sprays and soft cloths. After the mixture of eight signature soaps de-grimes surfaces, 200-miles-per-hour gusts of hot air dry vehicles instantly. Mike's also offers specialty coats to give car exteriors and tires additional shine.
Though Vordeman Volkswagen's mechanics and technicians know how to care for cars of all kinds, their bread and butter is European and luxury cars. It’s not rare to find service bays occupied by Porsche 912s, BMW convertibles, and classics such as a 1977 Mercedes. Even the parking lot regularly fills up with VW Beetles for meetings of the Old Fort VW Club, and team members have been known to race their own Volkswagens in autocross competitions. Additionally, three team members are master certified by Volkswagen, a rare distinction earned after spending 65 eight-hour days learning the intricacies of maintenance.
Soap N’ Suds Auto Detailing has been washing, cleaning, and waxing cars, trucks, and boats by hand for the more than 15 years. Whether they're overhauling grime or reinforcing an already brilliant shine, the staffers utilize eco-friendly Meguiar's and Mothers products. As they work, clients and car owners stay cozy in a lobby complete with a TV that streams lives footage of cars singing in the shower.
Vehicles regain their aesthetic appeal at 3 Rivers Carwash thanks to a slate of washes and details. Full-service washes offer cars a chance to shrug off their grime, tar, and temporary truck-stop tattoos with triple foam, wax, and underbody washes. Details target cars in the more advanced stages of filth with hand waxes and carpet shampoos. Express washes are also available in three different packages.