At Clean Machine, pearls of water roll from newly gleaming fiberglass, and clean windows seem to sparkle in the sunshine. The crew there wields specialty waxes such as triple-foam polish, which restores surfaces to a mesmerizing luster, and sealer and clear guard help protect exteriors from the harmful UV rays emitted by the sun and most green vegetables. Vacuums purr in the shop’s bay, and a steam-cleaning unit leaves carpets clean and fluffy.
Ray Lapointe stormed onto the auto industry scene in 1949 and was setting his own hours by 1965 when he founded Ray's Auto Service. Today, Ray's son and current owner, Mark, maintains and mends roadsters alongside a team of fellow ASE-certified technicians. Together, they perform restorative services, flushing sullied oil or transmission fluid and refreshing cooling systems with a draught of eco-friendly refrigerant, while shuttles or rental cars ferry patrons home or to the mall. When motors display disruptive behaviors, such as stalling or purring provocatively at semi trucks, the staff entrusts mechanical diagnoses to the computerized MODIS. The system poses a triple-pronged threat to vehicular maladies, using a lab ignition scope, digital volt ohm meter, and low- and high-amp current probes to record and analyze the electrical wavelengths that animate motors.
Rather than making clients come to them, All Cars Detailing's techs bring their professional cleaning kits directly to clients' vehicles. Working from any space with access to water and power, the mobile detailers banish grime from interiors and exteriors, purifying upholstery with vacuuming, steam cleaning, and leather conditioning, and carefully cleansing auto bodies with hand washing, clay bar treatments, and protective layers of pure carnauba wax. Wet sanding and plastic renewal add extra shine to exteriors, and engine detailing ensures every nook and cranny is spotless. The techs even go beyond automobiles, detailing boats and RVs as well.
Founded by service industry veterans Jim Lambert and Mark Walsh, Valley Coach of North Andover represents the culmination of the duo's careers as professional chauffeurs. Their insured fleet includes Lincoln Town Car sedans and Chevy Suburban SUVs, each serviced by manufacturer-certified technicians and capable of hauling up to three and six passengers, respectively. The vehicles whisk clients around the city for a wide range of transportation needs, including rides to the airport, business meetings, and assistance with bar crawls so that revelers don't have to rely on shoulder rides from policemen.
At more than a dozen locations throughout the northeast, ScrubaDub Auto Wash Centers' computerized wash tunnels and detailing pros spiff up cars with advanced technology and minimal environmental impact. The robotic wash systems and photoelectric sensors not only clean finishes with a gentle, soft-cloth technique, but they can target white walls, wheels, and chrome with site-specific formulas. The eco-savvy automated systems also consume less water than home washing and recycle the water used to clean the wheels and undercarriage. Biodegradable SuperGlo soap keeps the run-off free of harmful compounds before it is funneled down the proper treatment channels, where it can't pollute neighborhood storm drains or be used to test the resiliency of carnival goldfish.
The centers' innovative equipment and Earth-friendly practices have earned them the title of Best Car Wash from CityVoter for three years running. Some locations also boast separate interior cleaning bays to address filthy dashboards and seats.