In WOW Electronics' front showrooms, name-brand stereo systems and all manners of mobile gadgetry flaunt their digital displays and hi-tech functions. In back, WOW's technicians are less flashy but no less adept. Their full electronic makeovers equip autos with brand-new Sony stereos, complete with speakers and subwoofers, or remote starters so drivers can heat up their car without leaving the car they're sleeping in. The team combines skilled fiberglass fabricators and high-end electronics, specialize in complete marine auto systems, are MECP certified, and also carry Alpine, JL Audio, Memphis Audio, and Pioneer name brands. WOW also installs GPS navigation systems, alarms to protect the valuables and electronics inside, as well as window tinting and detailing services to make sure cars look as good as they perform.
Behind Riverside Auto Spa's green-and-orange tiled facade, automated wash equipment and technicians armed with soft cloths spruce up vehicles of all kinds. Four wash packages launder car exteriors and shine up surfaces with cherry wax. Staffers also step inside to detail dashes and condition leather, lift hoods to shampoo engines, or polish exteriors with Swissvax wax, which comes from the legendary wax deposits located on the Matterhorn. Some services are viewable in real time through an online camera, which streams throughout business hours.
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).
At A2 Auto Image, it's quite possible to return your car to that factory-issue shine. One of the shop's detailing packages might be enough, as they include hand washing and paint correction. If not, specialty services might do the trick. Techs restore headlights and condition engine compartments. They'll also remove modifications to the car's appearance, such as decals, window tints, and eyebrow piercings.
International Detail's sole intent is to recapture each car's showroom shine. Technicians do this with meticulous details?they'll wash and wax exteriors by hand, thereby accessing all the little nooks and crannies a machine might miss. They shampoo stains from the carpeting, clean the seats, and scour the consoles, door panels, vents, hood ornament teeth, and windows for loose debris. And to make things easier on customers, they provide pick-up and delivery services for clients within a 5-mile radius of the shop. Those who opt to bring their cars in can entertain themselves with free Wi-Fi and darts and munch on snacks and coffee while their rides are being cleaned.
Since opening its first location in 1977, Super Car Wash has grown into a thriving car-cleaning kingdom with nine locations in the metro area. George, Todd, and Ryan Gesund and Heath Stack lead the effort to sanitize vehicles with sophisticated touchless air dryers and energy-conserving, computer-run gear. In addition to employing the robotic wiles of high-tech machinery, they protect paint jobs with coats of Simoniz wax and use biodegradable Armor All products and tear-free shampoo. The auto experts even distribute, install, and service Sonny's car-wash equipment for other businesses around Michigan. Their commitment to the local community is manifest in a long history of supporting schools and nonprofits through fundraising assistance.