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!”
Most people wait until their car develops its own ecosystem before deciding it's time to clean. Let the efficient robo-washers, with their sophisticated filtration system and total coverage, envelop the mess in their gentle cleansing arms. After driving through slushy snow and heavily salted roads, your vehicle can accumulate stuck-on gunk and ghostly salt stains. The Works Wash doubles your car's soapy coat to get off all the built-up gunk before rinsing it clean. A tri-color sealer polish and Clear Coat protectant are followed by a tire wash and shine, so roadside obstacles will scatter in fear of their unholy glow.
The staffers at Chere's Auto Detailing help cars regain their aesthetic and resale value. They do so by administering thorough car washes, waxing treatments, and complete details. With nimble fingers and professional products, they scour the body, interior, seats, dash, and tires, giving cars a second chance at looking as if they just left the dealership or skinny-dipped in the fountain of youth.
After the recession claimed his job in a local steel mill, Julius Oliver started washing cars for neighbors in his driveway. He did such an impeccable job that he had more customers than space, so he started Kingly Hand Wash & Wax. Though it's been more than five years, Oliver continues to please customers with his attention to detail and quick services, leaving vehicles looking like new after washes, waxes, and detailing.