When it was founded in 1959, Ziebart?s business model hinged on a single service: its innovative rust-prevention procedure. However, the chain has diversified its auto treatments throughout the last five decades. Though the team of certified technicians continues to safeguard vehicles against corrosion, they also protect paint jobs with Z-Shield and Diamond Gloss coatings and render interior fabrics stain-resistant with their house Ultra Fabric Protector formula. They clean and disinfect ride interiors, and hand-wash and machine polish exteriors to a sparkling shine. Beyond up-keeping vehicles, they stock an arsenal of car electronics that run the gamut from remote car starters to in-dash navigation systems, which can help drivers find their way back home without relying on a trail of breadcrumbs.
Owners Mike and Greg took over Xtreme Vehicle Designs in 2010, seeking to channel their 27 years of shared industry experience into a auto enhancement business that operates with a personal touch. Having seen the deficits of big-box retailers, they assembled a highly talented crew of gear heads, installation experts from Pioneer’s training force, technicians recently back from serving in Iraq, and graphics experts. Since they understand how important sound systems are to music lovers, they encourage their customers to bring their iPod, CDs, or mobile a capella bands into the demo room and test the equipment for themselves. This personal attention extends to all of their services, whether it’s the installation of a new sound, video, or security system, the application of LLumar tinted window film, or cosmetic upgrades such as vehicle graphics and detailing.
With a stock of two-ply tints, Alternative Automotive’s staff helps patrons improve their homes’ and vehicles’ appearances while protecting the people and possessions inside. Automotive window tinting fends off the forceful advances of UV rays, promoting cooler interiors and thereby preventing seat belts from branding you upon sitting down. Their tints can do the same for residences, reducing energy bills by fostering moderate temperatures. The technicians also equip cars with name-brand auto-start systems from Avital, and they stand by their workmanship with lifetime guarantees.
To the team at Xclusive Auto Detail, cleaning a car means more than hosing it down. It means washing and waxing it by hand, removing each and every piece of debris from its exterior, and scouring its hard-to-reach crannies, from doorjambs and wheel wells to the secret wings hidden behind the back doors. The auto shop's paint sealants and custom waxes further enhance vehicle services, and the team's car-care tips prepare auto owners for the road.
Majesty Auto Care's experienced team of sedan specialists have detailed more than 51,000 cars since the business's beginning in 1993. Four-wheelers roll up to the auto spa before affable staff members hand wash and dry exteriors—careful not to tickle underbellies lest they cause exhaustive chortles—and apply coats of high-quality wax to protect exterior shine. Interior detailing packages boast leather and vinyl conditioning services, a cleaning of doorjambs and locks, and shampooing of carpets. The shop lets auto owners opt for compiled interior, exterior, and ultimate detailing packages or handpick services from an à la carte car-care menu.
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.