Originally founded in 1959 by Kurt Ziebart as Ziebart International Corp., Ziebart has morphed from an auto-rust-prevention outfit into a full-service auto accessory and detail shop that has cropped up at some 400 locations in 30 countries. Performing everything from window tinting and professional detailing to electronics installation, Ziebart's experienced staff cares for cars with high-end products, including seasonal paint protectant and the company’s renowned rust inhibitors. To protect cars inside and out, Ziebart technicians also install accouterments such as alarm systems to thwart thieves and sunroofs to thwart unflattering film negatives from processing correctly (services may vary by location).
For the staff at Double Take Auto Detailing, maintaining a vehicle's appearance is just as important as changing its oil or feeding the tiny horses that live in its engine. That's why techs can shine up cars with three levels of auto detailing?Silver, Gold, and Platinum. All packages begin with a hand wash for the vehicle's exterior and to clean away dust and grime. Once cars put away their bath toys, the staff can perform more heavy-duty aesthetic services, including tinting windows and repairing minor dings by using a process that maintains the original paint job.
Perseverance pays off. Waterfront Auto Complex, like many other family-run businesses, struggled to maintain its footing after the closing of Homestead Steel Works. Their approach? After nearly four decades in service, they decided it was time for an upgrade. The team added a window-tint and detail shop to their automatic car wash and, after an uptick in business, a full-service Quaker State oil change. Waterfront now looks forward to many more years of servicing cars, SUVs, and, eventually, hovercrafts. “I really see an opportunity for growth in the Homestead area, not just for the waterfront, but all of the businesses and neighborhoods," says James A. Laux, president of the company’s corporate parent. "I'm not the only one making an investment in this community. As more people see the opportunity, the Mon Valley will do nothing but grow!”
Auto Effects' in-house tinter expertly adorns cars with sun-truncating films to ward off UV rays and high temperatures. Though regular window-tinting film is applied without heat, leading to imperfections and tiny bubbles, premium window-tinting film is applied with a high-heat process that results in a factory finish. Tinted windows protect interior upholstery from sun damage, keep glares from distracting the driver, and reduce heat, all while enhancing the car's style and improving its ability to sleep through drivers’ ed class. During the service, technicians shroud the front two windows of any car, keeping the cockpit cool and shaded. Groupon holders can also apply the value of today's deal toward upgrades such as two-car full-window films ($240 for premium) or full-tint jobs for four-door cars ($280+ for premium), blocking the sun’s overheated advances and the moon’s day-glo American flags.
As a franchise of the well-known Valero fuel company, Zelienople Valero Gas Station, Convenience Store, & Car Wash tends to cars and customers with professional service and a triple threat of filling station, car wash, and convenience store. Patrons fill up their vehicles from a liquid buffet of regular, plus, and premium gas or on- and off-road diesel, and quell the mewling, auto-tuned hunger pangs of grill tanks and motor homes at the propane filling station. At the car wash, automated passes of Ryko Soft Touch brushes and sheets of cleansing foam polish car undercarriages and exteriors, and a feast of breakfast tornadoes, pizza, pepperoni rolls, soft pretzels, and soft-serve ice cream awaits famished travelers in the store.
Though Moon Flight Car Wash and Coffee might seem like an unusual assemblage of businesses, its mission is clear: to offer clients fast, efficient services that don’t require them to leave their vehicles. Customers can cruise through an automated car wash, pick out their favorite drinks and treats from a drive-thru café menu, and finally have that car-horn honk-off they’ve always been meaning to do. For night owls, Moon Flight's self-serve washes are open 24 hours a day, and the coffee shop serves Kiva Han Coffee and Enrico Biscotti starting in the early hours of the morning.
Pets also can receive a cleaning in one of Moon Flight’s self-service dog-wash rooms, which are stocked with two shampoo formulas, skunk-odor remover, conditioner, and a blow dryer. Left smelling fresher than a rose auditioning for the lead role in a bouquet, well-behaved dogs can trot over to the drive-thru window to receive a free treat.