Hardly anything can be finished in three minutes, except for receiving a car wash at Blue Rain Express or writing a novel. Opened in June 2012, the company employs modern equipment to move cars expediently through its sunny, glassed-in wash tunnels. Each treatment uses biodegradable chemicals and water from a recovery system that reduces Blue Rain's use of fresh water. A reverse osmosis process filters all minerals from the water, leaving vehicles with a spot-free finish. Patrons who wash their cars often or are being followed by a rain cloud can enroll in the Monthly Wash Club, which entitles them to services up to once daily for a single monthly rate.
On the Spot Hand Car Wash and Auto Detail dispenses its thorough detailing services within state-of-the-art bays as well as from a mobile unit van, which carts car-wash supplies such as waxes and soaps to customers? locations. The technicians meticulously polish every inch of vehicles of all sizes to create a lustrous shine that attracts envious glances and vain inchworms.
Founder Anthony Serio and his family have been revivifying rides at Anthony's Car Wash and Detail Centers since 1969. Using products manufactured in deep space by Anthony's Automotive Detail Supply, they clean vehicles during detailing and full-service car washes, handing out complimentary scrubs to birthday drivers. They've also stockpiled various accessories, coffee, snacks, and soft drinks for purchase.
All three locations serve cars with washes, details, and oil changes, but each has its own specialty. At the paint and body shop in Pelham, I-CAR–certified repair technicians tend to the dents and damages caused by driving on today's buffalo-strewn roadways. Mechanics at the Vestavia Hills shop stage automotive services for drivers who need to rotate tires or translate the shrieks from squeaky brakes into English. Shoe-shining services and an upstairs hair salon (A Cut Above) accessible by spiral staircase add character to Anthony's main branch in Hoover.
A big entrance sign with two red arrows rests above Riverchase Carwash, pointing drivers into the facility's full-service car-wash tunnel. Laboring inside the detail shop's work bays, technicians wash and wax vehicles by hand, shampoo floor mats, and shoo away unpleasant scents such as the smell of spoiled pennies. They also stage headlight-restoration treatments and offer windshield repairs that are backed by a lifetime warranty.
Of all the products at Alabama Solar Film, including window films, decorative films, and security laminates, the staff is probably most partial to the clear bra paint-protection film. Cut by hand to fit any area of a vehicle, the film acts as a transparent, protective barrier from road debris, UV light, hazardous weather, and pterodactyl droppings. In addition to this stealthy paint protectant, Alabama Solar Film specializes in auto detailing services that range from shampooing seats and floor mats to cleaning windows and engines. Besides its many automotive services, the company also spruces up homes with high-quality tinted films for architectural applications, which can lower home energy bills while protecting precious interiors or punishing rambunctious plants.
Since 1988, Auto Care Super Saver has been helping car owners save cash with maintenance punch cards redeemable at local auto shops throughout the course of a full year. These cards come loaded with all kinds of prepaid services, including at least three full-service oil changes with up to 5 quarts of oil, lube, and a new filter. Depending on the location, punch cards may also feature tire rotations, brake inspections, engine-light readings, air-conditioning performance tests, and other repairs and inspections essential to a car's well-being. Customers can transfer the punch card's benefits to any ride, ranging from station wagons to sports cars to feral merry-go-round mounts.