Inside of Clean Getaway Car Wash's all-cloth tunnel, blasts of water and hot lathers of foaming conditioner rescue cars from dirt's widening grip. After sauntering through a parade of side blasters, super-sealer waxes, and Armor All tire shine, cars emerge from the other end of the tunnel with glowing finishes and tires so shiny they make red traffic lights blush. Technicians also perform detailing and carpet-cleaning services for cars, SUVs, motorcycles, and boats that require extra soap and attention. While vehicles shake off dirt, customers can kick back in the waiting lounge with snacks and drinks, or peruse the onsite convenience store for automotive accessories and gift items.
The skilled technicians at 1st Class Detail spruce up not only cars, trucks, and SUVs, but also boats and RVs. To meet the diverse demands of its customers, 1st Class offers a range of detailing packages, from the meat-and-potatoes Silver package to the all-inclusive Platinum package.
Along with advanced services—from engine detailing to spot removal to premium waxing—techs can also restore clarity to headlights and remove overspray from hulls using a clay bar, meticulous waxing, and full exterior dressing.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change package, which helps promote the longevity of each vehicle. Staffers acknowledge that oil plays a crucial role in maximizing the lifespan of each car—it cools the motor and helps prevent moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians—all of which have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)—service vehicles at Jiffy Lube. In addition to performing oil changes, technicians offer preventative services such as air-filtration and electrical-system maintenance, among others. Jiffy Lube’s quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, complete a service only after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.
At C&L Automotive and Towing, ASE-certified technicians nurse the coughing engines of both foreign and domestic vehicles back to smooth-humming health. Cartenders refresh engine cocktails during 30-minute full-service oil-change sessions, first lubricating combusting parts with up to 5 quarts of Valvoline oil suited to either summer or winter driving. Fresh oil filters then replace gummy predecessors choked with corrosive particles and french-fry tips. Finally, keen eyes scrutinize brakes for wear and tires for strange lipstick marks during a 27-point inspection, ensuring chariots' safe return to the open, but occasionally jealous, road.
Mike Mills and his team of technicians cater to every size and scope of roadster at Mills Automotive Care and Custom Detailing, where they perform treatments by hand. A basic hand wash is the jumping-off point for a fleet of detailing services that includes leather seat conditioning and polishing of chrome bumpers and rims. Technicians journey under the hood for engine detailing and minor auto repairs, and tint windows to keep dashboard hula girls from getting uneven tan lines.