Gabriel Mejia lathered his first car in 1985—a modest attempt that soon blossomed into a full business serving Boca's prestigious clubs and neighborhoods. As his clientele increased, his number of arms didn't, so he taught a small crew how to perfectly replicate his hand-wash technique by strengthening their muscles with lead shoulder pads. Today, Gabriel's 12 mobile technicians perform washing and detailing services around town with the help of 10 fully equipped vans. When they aren't polishing roadsters, they also re-dye leather, remove dents, and block UV rays with window tinting.
Cars emerge from Fox Carwash's compound sparkling from careful cleanings, shine treatments, and hi-gloss hand waxes. During washes and details, owner Jason Graff and his crews of qualified technicians flush out interior stains with shampoos and clear long-dusty exteriors of "clean me" messages scrawled by a teenage Henry Ford. They'll also travel to owners' driveways to cosset cars with hand washes and other mobile services.
A 125-foot automatic wash tunnel is the bread and butter at each of Motor City Car Wash’s three locations. The system, which uses light-touch soft cloths and 60% recycled and filtered water, effectively cleans cars from roof to underbelly without damaging the paint. Drivers can choose one of four car-wash packages, such as the Basic—a wash, power dry, and hand finish—or the Works, complete with an exterior dressing and a Rain-X windshield treatment. After rolling through the tunnel, cars can pull up to a uniformed technician to be lavished with praise for their new and shiny look, or to be detailed with Meguiar's products. Motor City backs all of its services with a 48-hour re-wash policy.
Main Street Car Wash has been owned and operated by the same family for more than a quarter century, adding pizzazz to rides with sudsing and detailing services. With names honoring the owner's children, Amy and Max, the service menu includes three to four tiers of washing and detailing treatments, whether for a vehicle looking to dust off for the spring or inconspicuously crash a limo's birthday party. Drive-thru or hand-washing treatments can be augmented with add-ons such as leather cleaning and conditioning, triple-foam wax treatments, Rain-X application, and vacuuming. Hand-applied wax treatments envelop automobiles in paint protection for three to six months, and each receipt comes loaded with $25 in coupons for future services, allowing guests to extend their car's sparkling façade well into the future.
Seven days a week, the trained technicians at Ultimate Car Wash & Detail Center usher dirty automobiles through a drive-through wash before manually vacuuming and wiping down their interiors. In addition to these general cleaning treatments, they perform detailing services such as headlight restoration and flux-capacitor calibration.
Simoniz's The Best exterior service pampers transporters with a shine-restoring exterior wash. Car caretakers ensure that carriages are completely cleaned, from their hard exoskeletons to soft underbellies to mate-attracting rims. Rid windshields of bug-and-dirt debris before applying a visibility-boosting treatment. After a tire shine matches trundling rubber to trendy patent-leather streets, a team of wash techs gives autos a final Double Bond protectant and autos go through a machine drying process, assuring all the essential oils get absorbed into their thick skins. As part of this deal, Groupon customers also receive $10 off an express detailing service ($44.99) during a future visit.