The skilled staff members at Auto Concierge restore vehicular topcoats and tires to their original luster within a 1,200-square-foot detailing studio comfortably heated or cooled according to the season. Armed with top-notch waxes and wheel sealants from brands such as Swissvax and Nanolex Premium, employees make over cars from hubcap to roof rack, bathing exteriors before gently lifting entrenched debris and paring down uneven paint. Compressed air blasts grime from interiors, and dry vapor steam purifies carpets and upholstery while staffers wring out smoky scents and other lingering odors such as fast-food fries, frankincense, or myrrh. Auto Concierge also rights wrongs inflicted by auto dealerships by leveling and polishing flawed paint jobs. Roadsters that need to stay overnight at Auto Concierge are locked indoors and chaperoned by a 24-hour surveillance system.
The Houston Wave is a jitney service, a cross between a taxi and a bus that operates along a fixed route, shuttling revelers around Houston hot-spots such as the Washington Corridor, Midtown, and the Heights. Labeled "a welcome addition to the city's expanding party corridor" by the New York Times, the Wave provides a fun, safe, and eco-friendly way to carouse around the city's nightlife without having to hunt down parking or hold spelling bees to choose a designated driver. Each shuttle keeps its riders’ minds off the traffic with a disco ball and dancing pole. A nightly wristband will also treat you to a ton of discounts and deals at select businesses along the Wave route, so toast your bachelorette party with $1 off domestic pints at Kobain and Taps, or get everyone together for dinner with 15% off at Candelari’s Pizza. The Wave’s highly trained drivers will make sure that you safely reach each new destination while the night is still overflowing with darkness. Buy today’s Groupon for the Houston Wave and add a mobile party element to your next girl’s night out, birthday bash, monster mash, or best parent-teacher conference ever.
Husband-and-wife team David and Denise Skorka opened The Auto Doc more than 15 years ago with the goal of providing maintenance and repair services in a family-friendly atmosphere that values respect and integrity. The staff of the Houston Chronicle agrees: they named it the area's ultimate repair shop in 2003, and added that David "takes the time to explain the problems with your ride" and "will candidly tell you when something can be ignored—at least for a while."
The vintage-style gas-station signs on the building's exterior speak to the Skorkas’ old-fashioned, customer-first philosophy. They offer patrons free shuttle services and a convenient night drop-off option for people who are unavailable during business hours, or cars who are finally ready for their first slumber party. Denise and her daughter Katie also run a quaint coffee shop and boutique next door called Bungalow, where, according to The Loop Scoop, car owners can nosh on pastries and locally roasted java. Though the ambience and company mission harken back to an earlier time, the repair shop's technology is decidedly modern: ASE-certified technicians use the latest diagnostic equipment and top-of-the-line parts to keep vehicles in prime condition.
Originally run out of one pickup truck, Houston Auto Glass & Windshield Replacement has spent nearly two decades growing a fleet of mobile technicians big enough to serve customers throughout Dallas and Houston. The techs swap out windshields lacerated with cracks and replace them with shiny new units, allowing drivers to easily see when the road ahead is actually their neighbor's swimming pool. Urethane adhesives and quality sealant join a steadfast warranty to keep new panes in place. The glass gurus also repair rock chips and tackle other services such as painting and body repair.
Plastic Trim Restoration (PTR) began as a group of veterans and students working to put themselves through college, but has now evolved into a full-service detailing outfit. PTR’s uniformed technicians specialize in restoring faded plastic trim, which they do with the help of a polymer formula that allows clients to customize the shade of their trim. PTR still employs primarily veterans and students, who also perform services such as headlight restoration and premium detailing for private clients and dealerships.
RSVP Hand Car Wash's seven styles of wash and detail packages revolve around technicians' elbow grease and attention to detail. In addition to lavishing exteriors with wax and protectants, staffers climb inside vehicles to shampoo and deodorize carpets, condition leather, and wipe out consoles during interior detail sessions. The shop also restores headlights and small dents, and details boats, yachts, and HMS Pinafores. Drivers are invited to wait onsite during detailing services—RSVP is open every day of the week until 9:00 p.m.—or hitch a ride back home from a staff member.