The licensed and BASF-certified technicians from Pacific Match Paint travel to their customers to render a wide range of auto-body services, from wheel and rim repair to detailing. When working on dents and dings, the technicians use the SmartTrak computer color-matching system for exterior toners and an SEM-3M system for interiors to ensure an accurate color match. All of the mobile outfit's repairs—whether headlight restoration, interior leather rehab, or bumper refinishing—are guaranteed for life, or at least until cars make the prophesied exodus back to their home planet.
The staff at Checkered Flag hand-washes cars with care, but that doesn't mean customers endure long waits. Thanks to efficiency measures implemented eight years ago, the locally owned and operated business can get a chassis glittering in just 10 minutes. "We don't compromise the quality," Manager Chuck Morris told the Orange County Register, which named Checkered Flag one of the best car washes in the county in 2012. "Our teams on the dry-off work hard to do a quality job of cleaning your car inside and out in a timely manner."
To make the short wait feel even briefer, Checkered Flag pampers guests with perks such as complimentary Wi-Fi, espresso drinks, and gourmet coffee. Inside an attached boutique, they can browse high-end gift items or admire the racecar in which Kevin Cogan zoomed to second place at the Indianapolis 500 in 1986.
At Executive Look Auto Detailing, teams of thorough car-cleaning technicians beautify and protect precious cars, trucks, and SUVs with intensive cosmetic treatments. Top-shelf Menzerna polish compounds impart a glossy sheen and fill in superficial scratches, and coats of Carnauba wax give cars a glistening finish that brings to mind the day it was built and christened on the factory floor. Interior cleanings freshen sullied upholstery and faded dashboards, and meticulous hand washings banish the squashed bugs and kicked-up dust from road journeys.:m]]
Newport Coast Car Wash uses NanoSkin equipment?think high-gloss dressing guns and dust-collector vacuums?to get cars looking like they just cartwheeled out of the factory. The wash tunnel features a barrage of clear coat protectants, triple-foam rainbow waxes, and tire dressings to get cars gleaming. Detailers are also on hand to tend to more severe forms of dirt; they use Meguiar's wax on the exterior and foam-cleaning and fabric protectants on the interior. When needed, they also use orbital buffers and wet sanding for the headlights. The attached convenience store makes it easy to pass the time with snacks, drinks, and a shoe shine station so drivers can appear just as well cared for as their pristine cars.
At Pure Light, the candle-making process entails an elegant journey through four simple steps. Start with one of more than two dozen distinct aromas, and then select a mold that best supports your scented story, such as a star, a flower, or a pre-rhinoplasty sphinx. Clients can then add in a few of the 50-plus embellishments offered by Pure Light, with accessories including moons and dragonflies. In the fourth and final step, guests will blend in a chunk of their favorite color to effectively bring out the shade of the wick's eye. Choose either a 13 oz. candle ($23) or a 16 oz. candle ($26), applying the remaining value of this Groupon to embellishments, ranging from small wax items ($0.50 each) to the assortment of fine tokens ($2–$7).
Though Newport Car Wash's cleaners specialize in hand washing luxury and high-end cars, they also work to bring out the elegant side of more humble rides. Customers kick back in a waiting room with air conditioning, a flat-screen television, a leather couch, and a variety of beverages as the technicians tend to vehicles. They draw upon shelves of wax, polish, wheel conditioners, and other products, leaving interiors and exteriors gleaming like a knight at a waterpark.