After treating your tires to a game of musical chairs (during which each tire will be checked for leaks, damage, and stowaways), Rob Sight's technicians will run a rigorous test on every component of your vehicle's brake system down to its friction material, rotors, drums, hoses, and connection points ($24.95 for tire rotation and brake inspection). Dual- or rear-wheel vehicles cost extra. Next, they'll conduct a charge system test ($34.95) on the alternator, starter draw, and battery. After a thorough multipoint inspection and an exterior car wash, your chariot will shimmer its way off the lot looking fresh as a genetically engineered super-creature with dangerously soulful eyes.
For the full-service Triple Shine wash at Grandview Auto Wash, automatic coupe cleansers buff and polish sullied exteriors before a vacuum-wielding hominid sweeps through the inside. Crusty cars cruise through the shower, where eco-friendly suds shimmy across wheels, windows, underbodies, and hood gargoyles, removing unsightly soils. Expunged exteriors shine like a bronze statue of a socialite's dog after a clear-coat protectant and triple clear-coat polish. Finally, a car concierge wraps wet wagons with a terry-cloth embrace until they are cozy and dry, then hops inside to wipe down consoles, swab windows, and quietly propose new bumper-sticker slogans.
There is no better way to fully convey the speed of an oil change at Douglas Tire & Auto/Blue Valley Goodyear than the following sentence: five quarts of oil come out, five quarts of oil go in. Along with your massive oil transfusion, your oil change will include a filter replacement to aptly prepare vehicles for local puttering, cross-country distance destruction, and months of road warrioring in the Australian Outback.
If your shady parking spot rests beneath bird-filled trees, or someone scrawled carpetbagger into the inch of road salt on your car window, Travel Clean Express Car Wash can give your vehicle its original off-the-lot luster. With today's Groupon, you'll get Travel Clean's ultimate car wash for $5 (a $12 value). Use your Groupon at Travel Clean's locations in Lee's Summit or Overland Park.
A cave stands near the entrance of Aqua Auto Spa. Cars approach slowly, their drivers peering into its dark recesses. Inside, soft cloths burnish vehicle exteriors in a matter of minutes, making them as a shiny as the sun’s mouthful of braces. All washes come with free use of the self-serve vacuums, plus complimentary glass cleaner, wipe-down towels, and dash dusters. Nearby, an industrial washing basin brims with towels, brushes, and grooming shears. Here, dog owners can lather pups’ fur with canine shampoo or style it into a handsome pompadour.
NuShine Auto Wash’s state-of-the-art wash tunnel is the product of 30 years of car-wash-building experience. As cars switch into neutral and roll through the tunnel, smatterings of triple-foam polish and clear-coat protectant brighten up their finish, undercarriage blasts whittle down lower-level road grit, and Black Magic tire shine grooms each wheel. Shiny vehicles emerge after just five minutes, ready and eager for motorists to detox crumbs from their interiors with help from the free high-powered central vacuum system, which has no time limits or special dietary constraints. For further filth purging, NuShine also operates a special self-service mechanical mat cleaner, which both washes and dries dingy floor rests for just $1 a piece.