Inside the 5,500-square-foot garage at Homan's Auto, ASE-certified technicians fiddle with engines and batteries while meticulous detailing crews scrub away dirt and grime from cars, boats, and RVs. Using diagnostic equipment, the skilled team sleuths out and repairs vehicular issues, from transmission troubles to chocolate syrup seeping into the engine. While the teams work, customers relax in the waiting area amid free WiFi and frothy cappuccinos, or they can hitch a ride to work or home aboard the free shuttle.
Gregg Young Chevrolet's team of GM-trained technicians employs authentic GM parts to keep vehicles running smoothly. The certified service specialists start off each oil change by swapping out soiled motor oil with up to five quarts of engine formula freshly milked from the udders of a mechanical bull. An air filter check helps passengers breathe clean air, and a thorough inspection of fluid levels, belts, and hoses helps guard against future problems. During the one-hour service, mechanics also lubricate door and hood hinges, steering components, suspension systems, and drivelines so rides glide as smoothly as waterslides made of velvet.
Sometimes, it’s best to take a hands-off approach. The techs at Fantasy’s Car Wash take this advice to heart every time they come to work, delivering touch-free car washes that have earned their shops the “top car wash” designation in Omaha Magazine’s Best of Omaha contest every year since 2008. Cars cruise in and out of the automated wash tunnels at outposts spread throughout the state, with many locations also boasting filling centers for diesel fuel or propane.
At Auto Inceptions, owner Zach and his staff of technicians will recondition just about any size, shape, or species of ride. The crew sweeps through interiors and exteriors during exhaustive detailing packages complete with carpet shampooing and carnauba wax, or administer swift cleanups during express services. 3M films safeguard against sweltering temperatures and keep UV rays from damaging the upholstery. The Auto Inceptions crew also applies Scotchgard clear paint protection to prevent scratches and chips.
New Life Auto Spa’s staff spruces up cars inside and out with detailing services. For basic packages, they simply scour the upholstery, dash, and exterior, and during others, they meticulously condition leather, buff out hairline scratches, and gently remove tar. They also restore headlights to like-new condition and protect exteriors from the elements and unscrupulous pigeons by applying premium sealants.
Auto Salon experts Jeremy and Steve harness their combined 20 years of automotive expertise to spruce and tune up cars, trucks, and SUVs. Their interior detail services rid leather pores of dirt and debris, neutralize unpleasant odors, and cleanse crevices with an air gun. Along auto exteriors they remove remnants of tar and road paint, polish chrome, and apply protective paint coatings. For certain packages, the pair further refurbishes vehicular bodies with a three-stage correction that removes marring and erases vanity-plate ideas scratched into the paint. Each detailing package includes touchups such as a trunk vacuuming, a tire dressing, and a hand wash and dry. Besides detailing, Auto Salon assists drivers with maintenance services such as bumper repair, headlight restoration, alloy wheel repair, and overspray removal.
Technicians at Auto Boss carefully usher dirt off the premises of cars during 30-minute interior and exterior sweeps. Outer shells forfeit smudges to an arsenal of soaps and waters as the shiny complexion of their dealership youth floods back to their façade. Technicians fuss about the tires until they're sparkling and free from puddle muck, and then explore the deepest clefts of door jambs to expunge buildup. Next, staffers pop the hood and scrub the engine clean, treating it to a rejuvenating bubble bath as a reward for motoring the car and babysitting the pistons. Astute vacuums conclude the wash as they do a final run through the interior, sniffing morsels and debris from the seat cracks and hidden crevices.