After emigrating from east Africa in 1974, Bashir Hirjee started detailing cars in a small bay in his father's Texaco station. Today, Bashir's detailing center, Bashir’s Auto Cosmetics, could swallow several such bays, as the sprawling facility covers 16,000 square feet and services up to 150 cars per week. Inside the center, autos enter a 110-foot tunnel for a thorough lambscloth car wash before a slew of protectants enhance paint and inhibit rust. Customers can take refuge in Bashir's 800-square-foot lobby while they wait, running fingers along the handmade mahogany furniture or easing into a leather sofa to enjoy the view of a flat-screen TV. A 150-foot red carpet also runs adjacent to the auto wash tunnel, letting drivers keep watch over their sudsy vehicle like a school chaperone on a class trip to the water park.
When insurance and car-rental companies need precise service, they come to Grand Performance Auto Centre. Lead by the father-and-son team of John and Victor Law, the shop's multitalented technicians cater to every corner of the vehicle with repair, detailing, and collision-repair services. The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia–accredited facility partners with insurance companies to accurately analyze claims from auto accidents and okays cars in the eyes of the law and the county dog catcher with government-certified vehicle inspections. Along with alignments and body work, Grand Performance Auto Centre can clear any trace of collisions with computerized colour matching done on-site, using eco-friendly, water-based paints.
Richmond Suzuki carries more than 650 new and pre-owned vehicles from popular makers such as Toyota, Honda, Kia, and Subaru. The dealership is also home to a service centre staffed by factory-trained technicians who extend cars' lives with oil changes and regular maintenance. And if you need to get to work while your car is in the shop, just hop on one of Richmond Suzuki's complimentary shuttles or hoverboards.
For a decade and counting, the certified technicians at Unique Auto Glass Doctor Repairs have been mending chipped windshields with their auto-glass repair and replacement services. Versed in all types of vehicle makes, models, and zodiac signs, they conveniently offer same-day windshield replacement, mobile glass-repair services, and loaner cars, if needed. The grounds of Unique Auto Glass Doctor Repairs feature a car wash facility, too, where drivers can have their vehicles or pet elephants hand washed, hand waxed, and detailed.
Brian Jessel Autohaus is a local port of call for high-performance European vehicles. Its showroom stocks shiny, high-octane roadsters from BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz. The team of certified and factory-trained technicians preps each vehicle for sale with an extensive 50-point safety inspection and can also supercharge vehicles for speed with KW suspension systems, Toyo tires, and Akrapovic exhaust units. To keep vehicles looking their best, the dealership’s auto spa pampers rides with heaps of hand wax, gentle chamois drying, detailing of doorjambs, and tar removal.
Stepping out on the showroom floor and being labelled as "used goods" can be the most frightening experience in a car's life. When local dealerships are prepping cars for their big day, they call on Dynamic Shine Ltd., whose technicians—many of whom have been with the company for more than a decade—have been preserving vehicles for more 25 years with a blend of detailing packages and protective services.