Every car is different, but they all look good after a fresh wash. The technicians at South Beach Auto Spa keep that in mind, delivering expert detailing services while taking the extra steps needed to protect vehicles. On top of traditional hand wash and wax services, the staff offers three- and five-stage polishing that buffs out nicks, scratches, water spots, or hood paintings of Princess Leia. Techs even use different wash sponges on the wheels than on the body, ensuring that sponges don't pick up the brake dust that can scratch a car's paint finish.
One of only a few local shops lucky enough to carry 3M products, South Beach Auto Spa also protects auto interiors with tint-installation services. Customers can gauge the potential appearance of different tinting films through a simulator, opting for color-stable, crystalline, or premium films. All tinting films are digitally cut using software and a Roland plotter, and help fend off UV rays and adverse temperatures while increasing each auto's security and appearance.
The computer-driven wash tunnel at Carisma Wash scours vehicles in four minutes or fewer, but that doesn't mean cutting corners. In fact, during the brief cycles, a parade of mild, wet, and grease-cutting soaps coat the body, tires, and windows of cars four times or as many as it takes to remove hitchhikers from the roof rack. Wheels covered with soft cloth gently scrub grime while passengers stay comfortably seated inside.
Washes range from the basic Touch It Up to The Ultimate, which encompasses everything from UV protectant to an undercarriage scrub. After an air dry, customers emerge and grab self-service vacuums to free interiors of crumbs and nephews who fell between the seats. Employees stand by their handiwork, granting patrons a free wash if they're not satisfied after their first spin.
The crew at Soap Hand Car Wash employs deep-nap mitts and a three-bucket technique that uses less than 10 gallons of water per wash. From Bucket 1 they pull amber-colored lamb's wool mitts and scrub wheels, tires, bumpers, undersides, and other gritty areas. Then they strap on white synthetic-wool mitts from Bucket 2 to clean the paint. Bucket 3 holds clean water, which the detailers use to rinse out the white mitts before dunking them in fresh soap and cleaning the paint a second time. Their special yellow sponges (made by Pinnacle) remove bugs without messing up the finish, and their terry towels (white for windows and painted surfaces; blue for everything else) leave all cars—including Maseratis, BMWs, Bentleys, and antique Mercedes-Benzes—dry and swirl-free.
Soap’s detailers build wonders on that three-bucket foundation. Dressings spiff up leather, tires, and wheels. Shampoo cleanses carpets. Orbital buffers add shine, and vacuums scoop up interior crumbs before they rot and conspire to poison the Garfield window cling. Wax upgrades are available, including handcrafted premium carnauba Lusso Oro wax and Pinnacle Souverän show-car wax.
While they wait, drivers can sip complimentary coffee or access free WiFi in the waiting room, which is equipped with flat-screen TVs. A kids' area entertains youngsters as they dream up ways to retain the lot price of their Matchbox cars.:m]]
The techs at Dream's & Bros Hand Car Wash lavish each ride with careful attention along with potent soaps and soft lambswool mitts. Each wash package includes a hand-drying, interior vacuuming, and a glass cleaning. The washes can be upgraded with add-ons such as a double dose of clear-coat conditioner, a wheel magic treatment, or rust protection.
In addition to wash packages, the techs at Dream's & Bros can also clean leather with saddle soap, scrub down vinyl convertible tops, and detail cars inside and out with waxes and dash dressing.
A complimentary shuttle can drop drivers off anywhere within a five-mile radius, or patrons can wait in the "office away from home"-style waiting room, which is stocked with business essentials such as coffee, wi-fi, fax machines, and novelty ties.
Your Wash-N-Wax ($50 for most cars; $60 for trucks, SUVs, and mini-vans; $70 and $75 for larger vehicles) consists of wax application by hand and a basic hand wash, during which skilled sparkling gurus examine your vehicle's hull for filthy smudges and road backwash. Great care is taken to eliminate any drag-creating buildup that might slow down your land-train and inhibit it from making jumps through time. For increased tread cred, your tires are treated with a generous coating of Armor All wheel protectant. The inside of the vehicle is vacuumed, the dash is lightly wiped, and windows are given a clarity that's traditionally found only through extensive meditation sessions on snow-capped mountaintops.